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Tips About Immigration-Uhamiaji Tanzania

Tips About Immigration-Uhamiaji Tanzania
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Tips About Immigration-Uhamiaji Tanzania  The Immigration Services Department is established under Section 4(1) of the Immigration Act of 1995 Chapter 54 as amended by Act No.8 of 2015. It gives the Department the authority to control and facilitate immigration issues in the United Republic of Tanzania. The Department is one of the security organs under Ministry of Home Affairs.

Tips About Immigration-Uhamiaji Tanzania

Passports and Travel Documents Information

Passport is one of the very sensitive document issued by the government to its citizens so as to allow them to travel outside the country for various purposes. Tanzania government issues various types of passports and other travel documents as provided for by the Tanzania Passports and other Travel documents Cap 42 of 2002 and its Regulations of 2004.The passport pages for the current electronic passport contains various images and drawings which explicates the country’s history and tourist attractions.


How to Apply for Tanzania Passport Online


With exclusion of Geneva Convention travel document and Certificate of Identity, all other types of passports including Emergence Travel Documents may be applied online through the following link:



After accomplishing to fill the form online and make payment, applicant is required to print and submit the form along with the required attachments to the nearest Regional immigration Office, Immigration Headquarters, Immigration Head Office in Zanzibar as the case may be or at the relevant Tanzanian Embassy If the applicant is outside the country.

General Requirements for Application of Passports 

An application for a passport shall be accompanied by the following:

  1. A Birth Certificate or Affidavit of Birth or Certificate of Naturalization of the applicant (In case the applicant is a citizen by naturalization).
  2. A birth Certificate or Affidavit of Birth or Certificate of Naturalization of the applicant’s parent or parents’
  3. National Identity Card,
  4. Recent, clear 1 passport size photo (to be uploaded online)
  5. A fee of 150,000 for passport and 20,000 for Emergence Travel document.

In case the applicant is below the age of 18 years, the parent’s or legal guardian must accompany the applicant and submit a written consent regarding the applicants’ trip outside the country

Visa Information

A visa is a permission granted to a foreign visitor who intends to enter into Tanzania for the purpose of visit, tourism, leisure, holiday, business, health treatment, attending conference or any other related activities recognised by Laws of the country.Download  Visa Application Guidelines Note:

It should be noted that the possession of Visa is not a final authority to enter the United Republic of Tanzania. The Immigration Officer at the Entry point may refuse a holder of visa to enter, if he is satisfied that the holder is unable to fulfil Immigration entry requirements or if the presence of such person or visitors in the United Republic of Tanzania would be contrary to the National Interests.

Residence Permits Informations

Any foreigner intending to reside in the United Republic of Tanzania for investment, business, employment or any other legal activity may be issued with Residence Permit. There are three types of Residence Permits which are Residence Permit Class A, B and C. However, there are various sub-categories to this broad classification of Residence Permit as described in the Residence Permit Matrix.Download  Residence Permit Guidelines

Tips About Immigration-Uhamiaji Tanzania


  • Applicants are institutions/companies/ employers registered in Tanzania except for retired persons, sick persons and those attending cases at the court.
  • Applications for Residence Permits Class ‘B’ and ‘C’ should obtain their Residence Permit prior to coming into the country, except for Residence Permit Class “A”. Applicants should obtain relevant Registration Certificate or license from relevant professional boards as the case may be.
  • All applicants of Residence Permits should first obtain Work Permit from the Ministry of Labour, except those coming for such purposes like studies, Research, attending court case and retired persons.

Pass Information

Other than Residence Permits, a foreigner intending to enter and remain in the United Republic of Tanzania may be provided with an Entry Pass subject to the conditions provided within the Tanzania Immigration Law/Regulations. There are several types of Passes as described under Pass Guidelines. The maximum validity for all types of passes shall not exceed two years.GENERAL REQUIREMENT FOR PASSES

  • Copy of valid passport
  • Covering letter from respective Institution
  • Previous copy of Pass (for renewal)
  • Relevant fee depending on the type of Pass

Tanzania Citizenship Information

Tanzania citizenship is governed by the Tanzania Citizenship Act, Chapter 357 (Revised Edition of 2002) and it’s Regulations of 1997.There are three types of citizenship namely:(a) Citizenship by Birth.

(b) Citizenship by Descent.

(c) Citizenship by Naturalization.

Entry Points Informations

All travellers whether foreign nationals, Tanzania citizens or Residents, MUST enter Tanzania through a designated (formal) Entry Point. Upon arrival, the traveller will be responsible for:

  1. Appearing in person in front of an Immigration Officer with a completed and signed arrival declaration card, and
  2. Producing their passport or other acceptable document to an Immigration Officer; and
  3. In the case of foreign nationals; they may be required:
  4. To show their Visa or apply for Visa on arrival;
  5. To show Residence Permit/Pass If they are bonafide Residents in Tanzania;
  6. Return ticket or evidence of onward travel arrangement; and
  7. Evidence of funds for maintenance (upkeep budget

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