TANZANIA (eTN) – Israel is set to open a consulate office in Tanzania’s capital city of Dar es Salaam to coordinate and process visas and other travel permits for the Tanzanians applying to visit the Holy Land.
The Israeli ambassador accredited to Kenya and Tanzania Mr. Yahel Vilan said in Dar es Salaam days ago that his country is looking to open a consulate in Tanzania to coordinate travel arrangements for Tanzanians flying to Israel for business and pilgrimage to holy cities.
He said, shortly after a brief meeting with Tanzanian President John Magufuli, that, Tanzania and Israel will strengthen bilateral cooperation in areas of travel for citizens from both nations, while partnership in agriculture, education and economy will be of great priority.
The ambassador held discussions with several ministers in Dar es Salaam after a meeting with the Tanzanian president. Tanzania had established formal diplomatic relations with Israel in 1963 before suspending them in 1973.
Most importantly, the consulate office will facilitate quick travel arrangements for the Tanzanians traveling to Israel.
Nearest Israel embassy is located in Nairobi, Kenya and Tanzanians, looking to fly to Tel Aviv, have to process their travel documents through Nairobi.
While Israeli tourists are frequently visiting Tanzania, mostly for wildlife photographic safaris, there are Tanzanians flying to Israel to visit the holy cities of Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Galilee, and other Christian historical sites.
Trips to the Christian holy cities cover most places where Jesus Christ spent his days and life including Jerusalem, Joppa – where prophet Jonah boarded a ship to Tarshishi, Caesarea – where prophet Paul was imprisoned, and Nazareth – where Jesus spent his early years.