Living in Tanzania
This guide sets out essential information for British national residing in Tanzania including advice on health, education, benefits, residence requirements and more. We are unable to provide any guidance on general lifestyle enquires apart from the information and links listed below. See our services for British Nationals.
Medical facilities in Tanzania are limited and medicines are often unavailable. There are hospitals in Dar and over the region that can treat minor ailments. For any major medical problems, including dental it is advisable to obtain medical treatment in Nairobi or South Africa where more advanced medical care is available.
The number of schools in the Tanzania has increased in recent years. Most schools follow what they describe as an international curriculum, which is usually closest to a British curriculum. These schools usually start formal teaching from Grade 1, i.e. six year olds.
Employment and recognised qualifications
Employment opportunities are available for British nationals; however you require a work permit to work in Tanzania. Teachers are required to get a police clearance report before jobs are offered to them. In order to get a Police Clearance Report you can contact Ministry of Home Affairs on following address
Identification Bureau Criminal Investigation Department P O BOX 9094 Dar es Salaam Tel: +255 22 2110006 or +255 713 216 144
Entry and residence requirement
All British passport holders require a visa to travel to Tanzania. Visa’s can either be obtained at the Tanzania High Commission in the UK or on arrival at the main port of entry. It is best to obtain your visa prior to arrival as this saves time at the airport. The queues for applying for a visa on arrival can be extremely long and time consuming at times. The visa fee is USD50 for a single entry visa. The validity period is three months and this is extendable to one more month free of charge. The multiple visas is USD100 and the validity is for one month.
Yellow Fever Vaccination requirement
All travellers coming from endemic countries are required to produce evidence of yellow fever vaccination. Travellers from non-endemic countries travelling through endemic countries are subject to yellow fever vaccination only if they stay outside the airport or have a long connection up to 12 hours.
Types of Visas
Business/Investor or Self Employed
Class A permit is required for anyone engaged in business or wishes to be an investor or self employed. The visa fee is USD2000. You will have to go to the main Head Office at Ministry of Home Affairs to process this application.
Class B permits is for anyone employed by a private company. The application has to be channelled through the Labour Commissioner’s office. The fee for this is USD2000 Missionaries, Students, Researchers and winding up - leaving the country
Class C permit is for missionaries engaged in religious activities, researchers, students in Tanzania, retired people and winding up to leave the country. The fee for this permit is USD 500. Temporary jobs
CTA (Carrying on Temporary Assignments) permit is for short term jobs. The fee is USD500. The CTA visa can allow you to work for one to two months depending on your work. The validity period is two months. The immigration Head Office is situated at Kurasini Area along Loliondo Street near Tumaini University. The address is: Uhamiaji House Ministry of Home Affairs P O Box 512 Dar es Salaam Tel +255 22 2850575/76/77/78/79 Immigration email ; Immigration website
Social security pensions are available for locals only. British nationals living in Tanzania are not entitled to social security pensions. Link to mainstream page for UK benefits Link to the UK retiring abroad
Driving Licences and vehicles
UK driving licences are acceptable for visitors, but British residents are expected to obtain a Tanzania driving licence. You can contact Traffic Police Headquarters on telephone +255 22 2110487 to obtain a Tanzanian driving licence. The offices are located along Kivokoni area in City Centre
The British High Commission cannot issue or renew a UK driving licence. Please contact the DVLA for information about renewing a licence or applying for a new licence.
Social Ethics and traditions
The most commonly spoken languages are English and Kiswahili. In major towns and tourist areas a visitor should be able to get along quite well with English only.
Remember to be sensitive to the different culture and people around you and do not engage in behaviour that may cause offence. Tanzanian people are very friendly and welcoming but can be reserved.
This information is provided as a general guide and is based upon information provided to the High Commission by the relevant local authorities and may be subject to change at any time with little or no notice. The FCO and the British High Commission will not be liable for any inaccuracies in this information. British national wishing to obtain any further information must contact the relevant local authorities.