Do Tanzanian citizens need a visa to visit Russia?

Yes, they do. In order to visit Russia, Tanzanian citizen needs to preliminary obtain a visa, issued by Russian embassy or consular section, situated in Tanzania.

How to obtain Russian visa living in Tanzania?

In order to obtain Russian visa, Tanzanian citizen needs to contact Russian embassy or consular section. Herewith he needs to present an invitation letter to Russia, fill in a visa application form and pay the consular fee.

An issuance of the invitation letter to Russia must be on the inviting party from Russia (it can be a person, an organization or an employer). Invitation letter issuance terms depend on the type of visa.

There are corresponding types of visa for different trip’s purpose. The most common types are: 

  • Tourist visa - for example: tourism, sightseeing;
  • Electronic visa - for example: short-term trips;
  • Business visa - for example: conferences, business meetings;
  • Private (homestay) visa - for example: meeting with your Russian friends (but it is more reasonable and cheaper to use the tourist visa);
  • Work visa - for example: an employment in Russian company.

Where to obtain Russian visa in Tanzania?

You can apply for Russian visa in  Russian consular section in Tanzania. The list of consular sections, their telephone numbers and location map are shown below the current page.

Type of Visa Duration Purpose
Tourist visa 1-30 days Sightseeing, visiting friends in Russia
Business visa 30-90 days (up to 5 years) Search of business partners, attending conferences, long trips, long-term visits of friends in Russia
Electronic visa 8 days Trips for a short period of time
Private visa 30-90 days Official visits to meet with friends in Russia (Not recommended! See why)
Work visa 1-3 years Employment in Russia or permanent residence

Russian tourist visa for Tanzanian citizens

In order to obtain Russian tourist visa, Tanzanian citizen needs to present a list of documents in the consular section. Among which must be a tourist invitation letter to Russia.

Read more: Russian tourist visa for foreigners

You can simply and quickly obtain such invitation. In order to do it you need to make a request to a travel agency authorized in the Federal tourism agency (it’s proved by the presence of the its own reference number).

Travel agency’s employees will spend no more than 1 hour in order to create and print such invitation. All the tourist invitations are printed on the travel agencies’ letterheads, that’s why their appearance may differ. But it must be of 2 parts: tourist voucher and tourist invitation confirmation.

When travel agency’s employees create and issue a tourist invitation letter to Russia, they do not check any data, given by a Tanzanian citizen. Inasmuch Tanzania is in the List of High Migration Risk countries (Tanzanian citizens, who left their homeland, are not in hurry to return), so the presence of a tourist invitation does not guarantee the issuance of a tourist visa. In order to obtain it, you need to prove in the consular section that your purpose of a visit is only tourism and sightseeing.

Usually tourist visa issues for the period indicated in the invitation letter, but it cannot exceed 30 days. Tourist visas are for single or double entries.

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Russian private (homestay) visa for Tanzanian citizens

If Tanzanian citizen wants to visit Russia to meet his relatives or friends, he needs to apply for a homestay visa. In order to do it, it is necessary to obtain a homestay invitation letter to Russia. It must be issued by a person living in the Russian Federation.

In order to issue such invitation for Tanzanian citizen, a person living in the Russian Federation needs to contact the Federal Migration Service section on his residence’s administrative unit. He needs to submit a homestay invitation application there and a list of documents, among which must be a copy of his passport and his guest’s as well as incoming statement and a guarantee letter, in which he commits to provide for a foreign citizen all the necessary for the living in Russia during his stay in the country. Besides that, a person, who invites a citizen from a high migration risk country, must pass an interview with FMS officer, during which inviting person needs to justify necessity of Tanzanian citizen’s visit to Russia.

Please note! We do not recommend using a private visa!
Find out why: Why not apply for a private visa?

Read more: Russian Private Visa

Consideration of such application takes 12 work days for the single entry and 17 days for the double. In case of refusal, it will be in written form with indicated reasons. In case of positive solution, a homestay invitation letter will be issued on the FMS letterhead. It should be sent to an invited person by express mail.

After Tanzanian citizen receives a homestay invitation, he need to contact Russian consular section and submit all necessary documents for the visa issuance and the original homestay invitation. In case of positive solution, homestay visa will be issued to a Tanzanian citizen for up to 90 days. It is for single or double entries.

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Russian business visa for Tanzanian citizens

Tanzanian citizen need to apply for a business visa, if he plans to visit Russia to take a part in a conference or auction, to discuss the terms of a contract or to sign a contract. Business invitation letter, which is necessary to obtain such visa, needs to be issued by an organization authorized in Russia.

Read more: Russian Business Visa

The business visa invitation letter can be obtained by either of these ways:

A business invitation in the form of a letter cannot be issued by any organization, but those, which have an accreditation in the Consular department of the Ministry of foreign affairs of Russia or in the FMS, can do it. In such letter, the head of an organization requests a business visa issuance for the certain foreign citizen.

In order to obtain a business invitation on the FMS letterhead for a foreign citizen, a representative of an organization needs to submit an application and a guarantee letter (it is necessary because Tanzania is in the List of High migration risk countries). The consideration of such application takes 12-17 work days. During this time Tanzanian citizen is being checked for the unpaid fines or deportations from Russia. If such cases took place, an issuance of a business invitation will be refused. If everything is fine and all other documents are okay, Tanzanian citizen will obtain the business invitation on the FMS letterhead.

Telex – is an order from the Ministry of foreign affairs, which is given through the special communication channel to the Russian consular section abroad. Such invitation appears as a row of numbers, which should be sent to an invited foreign citizen. Invitation letter through Telex issues at the request of Russian companies.

Read more: What is the difference between Telex and the original invitation

Business visa, which issues to foreign citizens for the crossing of Russian borders, can be issued for up to 1 year. Business visas are for single, double, multiply entries.

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Order Russian business invitation to Russia for Tanzanian citizens on the FMS letterhead

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Order Russian business invitation to Russia for Tanzanian citizens through Telex

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Russian work visa for Tanzanian citizens

Tanzanian citizen needs to spend a lot of time to obtain Russian work visa. In order to arrive to Russia and get a job, Tanzanian citizen needs to preliminary find an employer company authorized in the Russian Federation.

Read more: Russian work visa for foreigners

Such company must have a permission given from Russian authority to hire foreign employees. With a presence of such permission employer can issue a personal work permit for a Tanzanian citizen and then issue a work invitation letter for him.

Work visa allows foreign citizen to stay in Russia for 1 year (highly qualified employees can stay for 3 years). Herewith, they can cross Russian borders as many times as they need, if they have such visa.

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Russian Electronic Visa from Tanzania

An electronic visa (hereinafter referred to as "e-visa") is a new type of a visa document. A visa invitation to Russia is not required for obtaining an e-visa. To obtain an e-visa to Russia use our “E-visa to Russia” service.

An e-visa can be only single-entry. The permitted stay in Russia on an e-visa is up to 8 days from the date of entry within its validity period.

The validity period and/ or permitted stay on an e-visa cannot be extended. To obtain an e-visa a foreign citizen needs a digital passport photo and a completed application form containing full and valid data at the official website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.

Read more: Electronic visa to Russia for foreigners

In compliance with the Russian Government Regulation, Tanzania is currently not listed among the foreign states eligible for an e-visa.

We recommend citizens of Tanzania obtaining a common tourist visa for a stay up to 30 days.

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Russian consular section in Tanzania

Tanzanian citizens can apply for Russian visa in the following Consular sections:

Actual addresses of Russian embassies in Tanzania

  • Embassy of Russia in the United Republic of Tanzania
    • Address: P.O. Box 1905, Ali Hassan Mwinyi Road, Plot № 73, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
    • Phome number: (8-10-255-22) 266-60-05, 266-60-06.
    • Fax: (8-10-255-22) 266-68-18.
    • Open hours: Monday, Thursday, Friday — from 08.00 to 12.30.

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