Tanzania: Visa Fees Scare Away Conference Organisers

Dar es Salaam — Conferencing and hotel industry players are raising concern over deteriorating business due to a recent decision by the government to raise business visa fees for foreigners by up to 500 per cent.dar es salam

They are warning that international conference organisers are skipping the country because of exorbitant fees levied by the Immigration Department for people requiring visas to enter the country.

Hotel owners have complained that the dwindling number of meetings that normally bring in hundreds of delegates, have seen room bookings plummet.

The new fees were introduced in January and effected payments of Business Visa at $250 per head and Business Pass of $200 per head for those requiring the documents.