British High Commissioner to Tanzania
We develop and maintain relations between the United Kingdom and Tanzania.
We deal with a wide range of political, commercial, security and economic questions of interest to the UK and Tanzania. We provide consular assistance to British nationals in Tanzania, both on the mainland and Zanzibar.
This High Commission does not deal with visa matters. For information on whether you need a visa to travel to the United Kingdom and how to apply, please see the UK Visas & Immigration page.
From 14 January 2015, UK birth registrations and death registrations in Tanzania will transfer from the British High Commission Dar es Salaam to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in the UK.
There are no changes to the entitlement to register a birth or death. The processing time will remain the same. However, you will now need to allow extra time for the documents to be sent to and from the UK. See register a birth or register a death
A list of English-speaking funeral directors who may be able to help you in Tanzania. Please note that inclusion in this list does not constitute official endorsement by the British High Commission or the UK government
How to renew or replace your British passport when visiting the UK and information on getting replacement travel documents if your passport is lost or stolen.
Emergency travel documents
We may be able to provide an emergency travel document if you can’t get a new or replacement passport in time to travel. If you are due to travel in the next 24 hours, you should contact your nearest consulate as soon as possible.
For all other applications, please check what you must bring with you and then make an appointment at your nearest consulate using the links below. Please call your nearest consulate for advice before making an appointment if:
- you have never applied for a British passport before
- you are applying on behalf of a child
An emergency travel document does not guarantee entry to every country. Read what an emergency travel document does.
Information on staying safe and avoiding problems when living or travelling abroad, with links to our embassies, high commissions and other diplomatic posts across the world.
You no longer need to register with us. You can access to up-to-date country specific travel advice.
We would encourage you subscribe to email travel advice alerts on the website. You can also follow us on Twitter and on Facebook .
How to get official confirmation that your UK public documentation is genuine so it can be accepted by foreign authorities. The UK does not require any documents to be legalised for use within the UK.
A list of English lawyers in Tanzania who may be able to help you with official transactions ion Tanzania. Please note that inclusion in this list does not constitute official endorsement by the British High Commission or the UK government.
A list of English speaking interpreters/translators who may be able to help you with official translations in Tanzania. Please note that inclusion in this list does not constitute official endorsement by the British High Commission or the UK government.
Information for British Nationals living in Tanzania.
Information on the kind of help we can provide to British nationals who find themselves in difficulty overseas is set in our publication.
UK law says we have to charge fees for some services.
Support and information when a British national is detained or arrested in Tanzania.
Information about the Notarial and Documentary services available at the British High Commission in Tanzania.
Consular Assistance - 24 Hours
For consular assistance, for a British National please call +255 22 2290000 and follow the instructions to be connected with consular officers.
How else we can help
In addition to the services listed above we can also:
- issue emergency passports (emergency travel documents)
- provide information about transferring funds
- provide appropriate help if you have suffered rape or serious assault, are a victim of other crime, or are in hospital
- help people with mental illness.
- provide details of local lawyers and funeral directors
- do all we properly can to contact you within 24 hours of being told that you have been detained
- offer support and help in a range of other cases, such as child abductions, death of relatives overseas, missing people and kidnapping
- contact family or friends for you if you want
- make special arrangements in cases of terrorism, civil disturbances or natural disasters.
What consulate cannot do for you
Although we try to help British nationals in a wide range of situations, we cannot:
- get you out of prison, prevent the local authorities from deporting you after your prison sentence, or interfere in criminal or civil court proceedings
- help you enter a country, for example, if you do not have a visa or your passport is not valid, as we cannot interfere in another country’s immigration policy or procedures
- give you legal advice, investigate crimes or carry out searches for missing people, although we can give you details of people who may be able to help you in these cases, such as English-speaking lawyers
- get you better treatment in hospital or prison than is given to local people
- pay any bills or give you money
- make travel arrangements for you, or find you work or accommodation
- make business arrangements on your behalf
- issue a full British passport