Services at the United States Embassy in Dar es Salaam are currently limited due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Current services include American Citizen Services (ACS) appointments, limited immigrant visa (IV) appointments, and limited nonimmigrant (NIV) appointments. Additional information regarding each service category follows.
- Due to COVID-19, we are not conducting routine visitor (B1/B2) visa interviews. Nonimmigrant visa appointments are limited to Tanzanian citizens or residents for student (F and M), exchange (J), and petition-based visas (H, L, O, P, and R), as well as emergency and humanitarian cases, Mission-critical, and Interview Waiver cases. Interview waiver appointments are available under certain conditions for the renewal of a B-1/B-2, C-1/C-2, or D visa that expired within the previous 48 months. Nonimmigrant visa appointments can be requested at https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-tz/niv. Note that the nonrefundable MRV fee may be used to schedule an interview appointment in the country where it was purchased until September 30, 2022.
- Immigrant visas, including diversity visa (DV) and returning resident (SB-1) applications, are being processed in a limited capacity for Tanzanian citizens or residents. SB-1 applicants should contact us at email@example.com to request an appointment. All other immigrant visa applicants should wait to be notified of the scheduling of an interview by NVC or KCC in accordance with the phased resumption of visa services.
- Individuals may schedule U.S. Passport and notary appointments at https://evisaforms.state.gov/Instructions/ACSSchedulingSystem.asp and may email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) appointment.
The purpose of your intended travel and other facts will determine what type of visa is required under U.S. immigration law. As a visa applicant, you will need to establish that you meet all requirements to receive the category of visa for which you are applying.
See our Directory of Visa Categories on usvisas.state.gov to determine which visa category might be appropriate for your purpose of travel to the United States.
Entry of non-immigrants who were present in India, South Africa, Brazil, the U.K., Ireland, People’s Republic of China, not including the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau, Iran, or the 26 countries that comprise the Schengen Area within 14 days prior to their entry or attempted entry into the United States is suspended, per Presidential Proclamation. If you reside in, have traveled recently to, or intend to transit or travel to India, South Africa, Brazil, the U.K., Ireland, China, Iran, or the Schengen Area (which is composed of: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland) prior to your planned trip to the United States, we recommend you postpone your visa interview appointment until 14 days subsequent to your departure from the subject country(ies). There is no fee to change an appointment and visa application fees are valid until September 30, 2022 in the country where the fee was paid. Information concerning rescheduling a pending consular appointment is also available at https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-tz/niv/users/sign_in. For questions about rescheduling a pending consular appointment, please send an email to email@example.com or call 080 811 0089.
PLEASE NOTE THAT TO LIMIT THE RISK OF SPREADING COVID-19, VISITORS TO THE U.S. EMBASSY MUST WEAR A MASK AT ALL TIMES WHEN ON THE EMBASSY COMPOUND AND PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING WHENEVER POSSIBLE. ELECTRONICS ARE NOT PERMITTED ON EMBASSY GROUNDS. The Embassy will no longer store any items for visitors seeking Consular Services. Visitors should leave prohibited items at home or make alternate arrangements for the items’ secure storage. Additionally, The U.S. Embassy in Dar Es Salaam does not provide parking facilities to members of the public seeking consular services. The Embassy strongly recommends that those seeking consular services plan to utilize public parking, arrive by taxi, or use the passenger drop-off point located in front of the consular entrance to the Embassy compound.
Travel to the United States on a temporary basis, including tourism, temporary employment, study and exchange.
For foreign citizens who want to live permanently in the United States.
What is a Visa?
A citizen of a foreign country who seeks to enter the United States generally must first obtain a U.S. visa, which is placed in the traveler’s passport, a travel document issued by the traveler’s country of citizenship.
The Visa section of this website is all about U.S. visas for foreign citizens to travel to the United States.
(Note: U.S. citizens don’t need a U.S. visa for travel, but when planning travel abroad may need a visa issued by the embassy of the country they wish to visit.).
To contact a customer service representative, please visit the GSS Contact Us page for full information or use contact information below:
- 686 Old Bagamoyo Road,
P.O. Box 9123,
Dar es Salaam
Customer Service Statement
The Department of State manages the visa process strictly but fairly in order to best protect the United States. We are committed to the essential openness for which the United States has always been known. Travel to the United States is welcomed and encouraged.
We promise to you, the visa applicant, that:
- We will treat you with dignity and respect, even if we are unable to grant you a visa.
- We will treat you as an individual and your case as unique.
- We will remember that, to you, a visa interview may be a new or intimidating experience and that you may be nervous.
- We will use the limited time available for the interview to get as full a picture as possible of your travel plans and intentions.
- We will use our available resources to fairly assist all applicants to get appointments to allow travel in time for business, study, and other important obligations.
- We will post detailed and accurate information on visa requirements and application procedures on every Embassy and Consulate website.
- We will provide information on non-immigrant appointment waiting times at every Embassy and Consulate posted on http://travel.state.gov.
- We will explain the reason for any visa denial to you.
Furthermore, if you are a:
- Student, we will make every effort to ensure that you get an appointment and, if qualified, a visa in time to start classes.
- Medical and humanitarian emergency traveler, we will expedite processing for those dealing with life threatening emergencies.
- Business traveler, we will establish appropriate mechanisms to facilitate business travel and expedite cases of particular concern to American business.
At the same time, we expect you, the visa applicant, to:
- Plan your travel and visa application as far in advance as possible.
- Complete your application fully and accurately.
- Be forthcoming about your purpose and plans.
- Prepare for your interview by being able to clearly and concisely describe your intentions.