Burning Visa question Re: Tanzania

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Mar 28th, 2013, 04:44 PM
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Burning Visa question Re: Tanzania

On another topic regarding Tanzanian Visa and whether to obtain in US before leaving or to get it there at airport, the overwhelming retort was to get it there at airport while waiting for luggage to be offloaded. OK, good and well!!!

Our companions on the trip ask whether the Kilimanjaro airport has a Visa office and whether it will be open when we land there on July 16 at around 11:10 PM at night. We will be flying from Nairobi, leaving at around 10PM and arriving Kilimanjaro airport about 11:10 PM.
We certainly don't want to take any chances and want to be absolutely sure we can get it there.

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Mar 28th, 2013, 10:20 PM
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The persons who issue visas are the same as those stamping your passport once you have a visa... : )
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Mar 28th, 2013, 10:26 PM
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simply get your visa on arrival
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Mar 29th, 2013, 06:36 AM
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I landed at Kilimanjaro around 9:30 pm and they were still open and doing business and there were a slew of people after us. You'll be fine.
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Mar 29th, 2013, 07:01 AM
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They will always be open when there is an international flight coming in.
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Mar 29th, 2013, 07:04 AM
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This wont be an international flight. Will be flying in from Kenya, which is about 1 hour away.
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Mar 29th, 2013, 07:34 AM
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I guess I'd question what you think is "international"? Kenya and TZ are two different countries...
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Mar 29th, 2013, 08:21 AM
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You will not have a problem getting your visa when you arrive, if you are an American cost is $100 US, have crisp new bills. For most others cosyt is $50. A number of flights arrive after yours.
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Mar 29th, 2013, 09:29 AM
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Kenya to Tanzania is an international flight - you are coming from a different country, requires a passport and visa.
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Mar 29th, 2013, 11:32 AM
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As long as flights are arriving, Immigration and Visa Purchase are open, even for that late Turkish flight that gets in after 1pm

And, yes... Kenya/Tanzania, different countries, so is an 'international' flight.
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Mar 29th, 2013, 03:23 PM
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OK all, I am embarrassed ! When I wrote what I did, I was thinking USA to Europe or USA to Asia with flight times between 10-17 hours. Yes , I will be in Africa and I realize that flight times between countries are not much....or flying from , say, Vienna to Berlin would not be a very long flight, although I never really thought of it as flying international. I guess it is , however. You must admit that it seems weird...like flying next door is International?? OK, I get it. End of conversation!! Thanks so much for your gracious replies to my faux pas.
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Mar 30th, 2013, 08:44 AM
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No need to feel embarrased.
Flying between NBO/JRO is about 50/min.

It's like a flight between LGA or JFK (NYC) and YYZ (Toronto)... about 1-1.5/hrs, is 'international' which most rarely consider, but still two different countries and passports required.

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Mar 30th, 2013, 08:51 AM
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OK, thanks for commiserating with me. You are certainly a wealth of knowledge. I take it you live in NY. I live in a suburb of Los Angeles but grew up in Maspeth, Queens, N.Y.

How many times have you visited Africa?
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Mar 30th, 2013, 01:13 PM
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I've lost count, but have been doing so now 18/yrs.
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Mar 31st, 2013, 08:26 AM
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You should write a book Sandi!
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