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| Arrived here for the safari and climb up Mt. Kilimanjaro. Arrived around 2030 hrs, you walk into a big room with two areas: 1) I have a visa and 2) I do not have a visa. So we got in the "no visa" line. Well, actually it wasn't so much a line as a big confluence of people and soon we found out why - there are multiple windows you need to go to before passing through customs to collect your baggage. I had read a blog about the visa scenario at JRO before I left so I had an idea of what to expect, but upon returning home I re-read the blog and realized that I didn't retain all of what was stated. It was all there, but like most things in life, experience trumps book knowledge. You need to get in the far right line first to pay for the visa ($100 for USA, $50 for non USA). Bring large bills, preferably new. I had been told this prior to the trip so I came prepared with new $100 bills (circa 2009 or maybe it was 2013). Bottom line - they weren't from before 2006 (which is the cut off year for American bills accepted in Tanzania). After you pay, you go to the 2nd line and get your photo taken and the visa is placed in your passport. Get through with that and you realize you still cannot see your baggage - you need to go to the 3rd line for fingerprinting. By this time all of the "I have a visa" people were gone so there were more lines available for this last step. All in all it took us 75 minutes from the time we entered the room to the time we saw our baggage. Yes, it's a long time, but if you purchase your visa before travelling you only save maybe 45 minutes and you need to consider the fact that you have to mail in your passport for an extended period to receive that visa. Add to that you need to purchase the passport photos for the visa, for us, it's worth it to spend the extra time in the airport and never allow your passport to be sent in the mail. You save money on the photos because they take your picture at JRO. The return leg went very smoothly, you get in line, they run all of your bags (and you) through security, then you turn in your checked baggage and go through security again with your carry on. took about an hour and we were at our gate. no worries.