You may be wondering ‘Do I need a visa for Zanzibar’? The answer to that is ‘Yes, if you travel to Zanzibar you do indeed need a visa’. There are two different options for arranging a visa. On this page, we explain these options and costs to you.

Apply for Zanzibar visa online

When applying for your visa, you do need to already have some information ready to answer all the questions, such as your arrival date and the address of your first stay.

Documents you will need to complete your online visa application for Zanzibar:

  • A digital passport-sized photo (max. 300kb)
  • Digital scan of your passport (max. 300kb)
  • Scan of your return ticket (in .pdf format)

Also keep in mind that your passport must still be valid for at least 6 months to apply for a visa. And you can only pay by credit card (both Visa and Mastercard).

Type of holiday visa: ordinary visa

Validity: 90 days

Cost for the visa: 50 USD (about 39,50 GBP)

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Arrange visa Zanzibar locally

If you want to arrange a visa in Zanzibar yourself keep in mind that the waiting time can be quite long. You are not the only one who wants to do this and the processing of visa applications there is not always quick.

You can also arrange a visa at the airport in Zanzibar. To do this, you will need to have a few things with you:

  • A passport that is still valid for at least 6 months
  • Two suitable passport photos
  • A completed application form
  • Copy of your ticket stating a return flight or a booking confirmation
  • Cash or credit card (you can pay with both)

If you want to apply for your visa on the spot make sure you have completed the application form.

Type of holiday visa: ordinary visa

Validity: 90 days

Cost of visa: 50 USD (about 39,50 GBP)

Other Visa

The Visas listed above on this page are standard Visas (for a holiday, for example). The fees for other type of Visas are as follows:

Types of VisaCost in dollar (USD)
Ordinary Visa$ 50 (about 39,50 GBP)
Multiple entry Visa$ 100
Business Visa$ 250
Student Visa$ 50 (Single 3 months)
$ 250 (Multiple 1 year)
$ 300 (Research 6 months-multiple)
$ 250 (Phd Student 1 year-multiple)
Transit Visa$ 30

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