Mohammed Hija, Acting High Commissioner, Tanzania High Commission, New Delhi, in an e-mail interaction with TravelBiz Monitor sheds light on the bilateral relations between the two countries, and shares statistics of Indian visitors to Tanzania.
What are the kinds of visas issued by Tanzania Embassy to Indian nationals?
Tanzania High Commission in New Delhi, has been authorised to issue Travel/Tourist Visa (Single & Multiple); Business Visa (Single) and Diplomatic (Gratis).
What is the number of days required for processing visas?
Processing of an ordinary Visa takes 24 hours, while the Priority Visa is issued on the same day.
What was the number of Indians visiting Tanzania in 2016? Have you witnessed annual growth?
So far 3,400 Indians travel to Tanzania in 2016 as registered by the Tanzania High Commission [Visa Section]. The figure represents notable growth of Indians who travel to Tanzania annually.
Any plans to open more Embassies in India, besides the one in Delhi?
Certainly, the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania is finalising the process of opening several Consulates in India including Mumbai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Gujarat and Bengaluru.
Please elaborate on the culture and diplomatic relations between India and Tanzania?
Tanzania and India have maintained excellent relation and cooperation since the pre-independence era. The recorded history of cultural, social and commercial relations between our two countries goes back to more than 2,000 years ago. The presence of good number of Indian community in Tanzania in addition bears the witness to this authenticity manuscripted history.
The two countries [India and Tanzania] embarked on their diplomatic journey in 1961 when India opened its Mission in Dar es Salaam and followed by Tanzania which opened its first Diplomatic Mission in New Delhi in 1962.
During colonial era, our cooperation was largely political oriented whereby the two countries shared ideological commitments to anti-colonialism, anti-racism, non-alignment, south-south cooperation policies etc. Nevertheless, the present profile of India Tanzania relation hubs on socio-economic and technical cooperation between the two countries and through the same course we are committed to maintain pace.
In the course of diplomatic cooperation India and Tanzania also share common stand on various issues in both bilateral and international arena. Tribute to the proper structure and arrangement of our bilateral cooperation which has been predesigned to accommodate changes and novelties in order to properly address fundamental needs of our countries, we (India and Tanzania) have been effectively address our development (economic, social, cultural) challenges and maintain steady growth of our economies and gradually improving the living standards of our people.
To mention some of those arrangements are like the Join Permanent Commission (JPC); the Joint Trade Committee (JTC), the Bilateral Investment Promotion Protection Agreement (BIPPA); the MoU on Cooperation in the field of Tourism continue to sustain and expedite our bilateral political, socio-economic cooperation and people to people ties.
How are you looking at these factors to improve tourism ties?
The pre-mentioned, Socio-Economic and technical cooperation arrangements especially the recently signed MoU on Cooperation in the field of Tourism will effectively boost further the growth of tourism between the two countries. Statistics show that during the year 2013, India ranked 5th in terms of tourists visiting Tanzania (from countries out of Africa). While in 2006 the number of Indian tourists visiting Tanzania was only 13,020 people, this increased to 27,334 during 2013.
Also, Medical Tourism between India and Tanzania has also become an important component of the bilateral cooperation. About 4,000 to 4,500 patients from Tanzania travel to India, annually, for obtaining health services.