Permits to work, conduct research, do business, or import is issued in Tanzania by the Commissioner of Immigration, Labour Commissioner or other relevant government departments. 

Please note that the Embassy only provides information for permits (work and resident) or forwards application that needs Embassy endorsement (e.g Press/media permit).

It is important to note that the classification of residence permits is different from that of work permits.

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 or Pass.

All applicants of Residence Permits should first obtain Work Permit from the Commissioner of Labor, except those coming for other purposes such as studies, Research, attending court cases, and retired persons.

Please visit the Website of the Immigration Headquarters in Tanzania for key information, types of residence permits and online application

Foreigners/non Residents shall not engage in any occupation for reward, profits unless they have a valid work permit that allows that person to work or engage in the occupation specified in the valid work permit. Please refer to Section 10 (2) of the Non-Citizens (Tanzania Employment Regulation), Act No 1/2015). There are three types of Work permits.

  • Class A; for investors and self-employed
  • Class B; Non-citizen in possession of prescribed professions ( Medical and Health Care professionals, experts in oil & Gas, Teachers and University Lecturers in Science and Mathematics
  • Class C: Non-Citizen in possession of other professions

Online work permit application is through the Commissioner of Labour, Prime Minister’s Office, Labour, Youth, Employment, and Persons with Disability. For more information on the application procedure please send an inquiry to the Commissioner of Labour at

The application form for filming permit in Tanzania Mainland and Zanzibar(journalistic, filming, or photography) must be endorsed by the Embassy at a cost of SEK 300. Please visit this page for account details. Please send application dully filled forms to:  The endorsed forms will be returned to the applicant for submission to Tanzania with the following attachments;

  1. A detailed synopsis of the film (separate attachment)
  2. Crew list (Photocopy of passport picture and information page)
  3. Equipment list
  4. Contact the Board to arrange fee payment using the host organization in Tanzania or directly to their account.

The applicant (journalists, TV and film producers, photographers, book writers) with the help of the host institution or person should forward the endorsed application form and fee one month before the commencing date of the assignment to the;

Chief Executive Officer,
Information Services/Film Board
Ministry of Information, Culture, Arts, and Sports (Has moved to Dodoma)
25 Dodoma
Telephone: +255-22-2771005

and for Zanzibar to;

Zanzibar Information Services
P.O.Box 2754
Tel: +255 24 2231011
Mob:+255 777 461724, +255 784 309677

Media Permit/Accreditation for Foreign Journalists

Application for Accreditation Form

Please contact the Ministry of Information, Culture, Arts, and Sports ( and Tanzania Information Services ( – Email: for more clarity regarding filming and Journalist work and accreditation of foreign Journalists.

In order to conduct academic research in Tanzania, a research permit is required.

The applicant (s) should fill in an application for research clearance, attaching a CV (Curriculum Vitae Form), a synopsis, or script when forwarding both the applications. The application must be made two months before the commencing date of the research assignment.

Requirements for this permit are:

  • A copy of pages of the passport with the detailed information of the passport holder
  • Five passport size pictures of the applicant.
  • Introduction letter from the institution or university inviting the applicant for research
  • C.V and certificate of university or institution attended by the applicant
  • Entry permit (visa or resident permit) depending on researchers time in Tanzania
  • A completed Research Clearance form
  • Application fee of USD 50 to be paid at COSTECH
  • If your application is successful you will be required to pay a research fee of USD 300 per person at COSTECH.

While researchers and academic book writers should send the application and fee directly to

Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH)
P.O. Box 4302, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Tel: 255-22-700745/6/9, 75311/2
Fax: 255-22-775313/4,

The above research permit applications are separate from entry permits which should be made to the nearest Consulate/Embassy (ordinary student visa) the immigration department (student pass, work, and resident permit) in Tanzania before entry to Tanzania.

A permit from the Ministry of Water and Livestock Development, Veterinary Services is required for the importation of live horses, dogs, cats, swine, sheep and goats. Download import application form.

  •  It is possible to import dogs and cats, but health and vaccination certificates are required.  Dogs and cats should be vaccinated for rabies at least 1 month and not more than 3 years prior to their entry into Tanzania.
  • An import permit should be obtained by sending a letter of request to the Director of Veterinary Services in Tanzania, Ministry of Water and Livestock Development (see address below). In this letter the applicant should state, Type/Breed of pet, age, port of entry in Tanzania and attach vaccination certificates.

The following vaccinations are recommended:

  • DHLP: Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis and Parvo.
  • Puppies should be vaccinated when they are five to seven weeks old with repeat vaccinations two weeks and six weeks later.  The rabies vaccination should be administered with the third vaccination.
  • A sanitary certificate from a qualified veterinary surgeon in the country of export, must accompany every imported animal.

Permits for importation of pets in Tanzania mainland is requested from;

Director of Veterinary Services,

Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries


Contact: Dr. Mwajuma Chaurembo, Officer incharge Dar er salaam zone

Tel: +255 22 2862592;
Tel Mob: +255 756 396 470 / +255 759 000 893

A permit for importation of pets in Zanzibar is requested from;

Chief Veterinary Officer

Department of Veterinary Services, Zanzibar

Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Environment

P.O. Box 159,


Tel: +255 24 2231169; Fax: +255 24 2234650



  • If applicant has hosts in Tanzania, it is helpful if they can make a follow up of the application, pay the fee and collect the permit on applicants behalf.

A permit issued by the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security is required for imports of live trees and other plants, bulbs, roots and the like, cut flowers and ornamental foliage; plants and parts (i.e. seeds and fruits fresh or dried, crushed, powdered); vegetable plaiting materials; raw vegetable materials.

Permit for importation of Food and plants in Tanzania mainland is requested from;

Permanent Secretary,
Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security,
P.O. Box 9192, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
Tel: +255 22 2862480/1, Fax:+255 22 2862077

Permit for importation of Food and plants in Zanzibar is requested from;

Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Environment

Sonara Building – Darajani
P.O. Box 159, Zanzibar

 Tel: +255 24 2231169; Fax: +255 24 2234650



  • If applicant has hosts in Tanzania, it is helpful if they make a follow up of the application and collect the permit on behalf
  • Imported animals are subject to examination by a veterinarian at the port of entry and subject to quarantine if need be.
  • If you want to take your pet back with you obtain an export permit