Heading out on our Kilimanjaro or Everest Base Camp challenge and need help applying for a visa? We’ve got your back! Below we’ve outlined everything you need to know before you get started.
What you’ll need
Valid Passport & Passport Photos
Your passport must have at least six months validity from your return date. This is a general rule when traveling internationally, and most countries will not permit a traveler to enter their country otherwise. It must also have at least two blank visa pages.
*For Nepal: The embassy also asks that you include a copy of the passport ID page with your application
Whether applying via mail or in-person, you’ll want to carry spare passport photos with you. These can be taken by USPS Passport Services or at stores like CVS/Walgreens/Walmart.
*For Tanzania, you’ll need to send two of these with your application, for Nepal you’ll need one.
Filled out Application Form
Find a sample form here
For Tanzania, you’ll also need to include your flight itinerary with your application. This can be found in your Final Information Pack, emailed to you about six weeks prior to your departure date.
3. Pre-Paid Return Envelope
If applying through the mail, this is crucial, as the embassy won’t be able to return your visa to you without it! You may want to get a tracking number with this as well.
4. Money for Visa Fees
Visa fees for Tanzania and Nepal cost $100 and $40 respectively.
For Tanzania, this can be a money order, cashiers check, or credit card
For Nepal, this must be a money order or cashiers check
What to do
Once you’ve got everything together, you’ll need to mail your application to the embassy in DC.
Embassy of the United Republic of Tanzania
1232 22nd St. NW
Washington D.C 20037
Embassy of Nepal
2730 34th Place, NW
Washington D.C. 20007
We recommend applying as soon as you receive your flight information. Visa processing can take anywhere from 2-4 weeks. If applying in-person, processing typically takes about 24 hours.
Full instructions can be found on each embassy’s website.
Any more questions? Contact us
*NOTE: Advice listed in this post is for US passport holders. For non-US holders, please visit your country’s local embassy.
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