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U.S. Embassy in Dar es Salaam Announces New Visa Appointment Service

April 14, 2011

Beginning Friday, April 15, 2011, the U.S. Embassy in Dar es Salaam will implement new procedures to simplify and streamline the visa application process for those traveling to the U.S. All the information found in this press release will be available at the Embassy website.

Under the new procedures, applicants will be able to schedule a non-immigrant visa appointment via a new website at or through the assistance of a new call center at +255-22-2194300 (in Tanzania), +1-703-439-2304 (in the United States), or using Skype ID: usvisatanzania. Applicants will need to pay applicable fees through Airtel Money or at Tanzania Limited Citibank (Peugeot House, 36 Upanga Road, Dar es Salaam) before booking an appointment.

These new procedures, managed by CSC Visa Information Services, should greatly improve and simplify the visa application process. The new visa appointment system replaces the previous appointment system.

Under this new system, travelers will be able to make inquiries on the full range of visa categories, requirements, and procedures online anytime at or by phone between 8:00 am – 6:00 pm Monday through Friday at +255-222-194-300 (in Tanzania), +1-703-439-2304 (in the United States), or using Skype ID: usvisatanzania. All services are provided in English only.

In connection with these changes, please note the following:

  • Beginning Friday, April 15, 2011, applicants will be required to complete the visa application form (DS-160) and pay the application fee prior to scheduling an appointment.
  • Applicants who have paid their application fee prior to Friday, April 8, 2011, but have not scheduled an appointment for a visa interview must schedule a visa interview appointment before Thursday, April 28, 2011.
  • Fee payments will no longer be transferable. The fee payment will be electronically tied to applicant’s passport number and cannot be transferred to anyone else.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding throughout this transition to better visa services at U.S. Embassy Dar es Salaam. We hope that this new service will enhance our customers’ visa experience.

This procedure with more detailed instructions will be posted on our website,