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Are you a foreigner looking to work in Tanzania and don’t know what requirements you need to get a work permit? This article will help you.

Tanzania is one of the countries in East Africa that offers a lot of opportunities for both expatriates and foreign businesses. However, to explore these opportunities you need to abide by the laws of Tanzania regarding foreign individuals working in Tanzania, which requires one to have a work permit. You can read about how we can help you get a work permit in Tanzania.

Before we go into details, here is what will be covered in this article.

  • What’s a work permit
  • Types of work permits in Tanzania
  • Requirements to get a work permit in Tanzania
  • Application process

What's a work permit?

A work permit is a document that shows a foreigner is allowed legally to work in another country.  In Tanzania, there are 3 classes of work permits

  • Class A permits for foreign investors
  • Class B permits for foreign employees with specialized skills who are filling a position for which there are no eligible workers in Tanzania
  • Class C permits for missionaries, volunteers, students, researchers, and more

Types of work permits in Tanzania

Just Like any other country in the world, Tanzania has guidelines for foreigners who plan to travel within its borders. A variety of visas are available to foreigners, and the most common types follow:

  • Tourist/ordinary visa: This visa allows tourists and other visitors to travel to Tanzania through designated entry points along the border
  • Business visa: This visa applies to foreigners who intend to invest in Tanzania and need to visit for related purposes, such as establishing professional contacts and conducting feasibility studies.
  • Multiple-entry visa: Tanzanian officials issue this visa to foreigners who need to travel to the country frequently, typically for business and investment purposes. The validity of this visa ranges from a month to a year.
  • Transit visa: This visa allows foreigners to travel through Tanzania without visiting on their way to another destination.
  • Diplomatic visa: The diplomatic visa applies to diplomats and other representatives who plan to travel to Tanzania on official business.

Requirements to get a work permits in Tanzania

Visa requirements for foreigners who plan to travel to Tanzania include:

  • A completed visa application form
  • A passport that is valid for at least six months after the applicant’s intended date of entry
  • Five passport photos
  • Proof of vaccination against yellow fever
  • Evidence of sufficient financial means

To get a Class B work and residence permit, applicants will need to provide the following:

  • A signed employment contract
  • A valid passport
  • Passport photographs
  • A copy of the applicant’s CV
  • Copies of academic records and other qualifications for the job, including referrals from previous employers

Requirements to get a work permits in Tanzania

Foreign nationals who need a visa should begin the application process by finding the Tanzanian embassy or consulate in their country of residence. The embassy will be able to provide an accurate, updated list of the visa requirements. After confirming the list of documents needed to support the application, the employee should gather all required items and submit them to the embassy.

If the employee needs a Class B permit, it’s up to the employer to apply for it on their behalf before they can travel to Tanzania. The employee will need to send the necessary documents to the employer in support of the application. The employer will also have to prove the need for a foreign hire to the Ministry of Labor.

In October 2022, Tanzania introduced a shorter, simpler process for work permit applications, and employers can now apply for a worker’s residence and work permits online.

Once the relevant officials issue the work and residence permit, the employee can travel to Tanzania to start working.



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