What you must know before you move an employee to Tanzania: Import Requirements

What you must know before you move an employee to Tanzania: Import Requirements

The Non-Citizens (Employment Regulation) Act, 2015 (The Non-Citizens Act);

The Non-Citizens (Employment Regulation) Regulations, 2016 (The Non-Citizens Regulations);

Immigration Act, 1995 (as amended)(the Immigration Act): and

Immigration (Amendment) Act, 2015 (the Immigration Amendment Act).

Any non-citizen is prohibited to engage in any occupation for reward, profit or non-profit unless he/she has a valid Work Permit AND a Residence Permit that allows that person to engage in such occupation.

No person is allowed to employ, engage or cause to be employed or engaged in any occupation a non-citizen for reward, profit or non-profit unless he/she has a valid Work Permit AND Residence Permit that allows that person to engage in such occupation.

The applicant must lodge an application for a work permit with the Labour Department. From the time all documents and requirements have been met for the work permit, the process may take between two weeks to three months. The board and Commissioner have discretionary rights and may request further documents during this process if they deem necessary.

Only AFTER the applicant has been granted a work permit may he/she apply for a Residence Permit from the Department of Immigration.  Once all documents and requirements have been met for the residence permit, the process may take between two weeks to three months. The board and Commissioner have discretionary rights and may request further documents during this process if they deem necessary.

AFTER the applicant has been granted a work permit and a residence permit he/she may apply for a NIDA ID (National ID) from the National Identification Authority (NIDA) as per the Registration and Identification of Persons exercise law. Once all documents and requirements have been met for the National ID, the process may take between two to six weeks. The board and Commissioner have discretionary rights and may request further documents during this process if they deem necessary.

AFTER the applicant has been granted a work permit and a residence permit and a National ID he/she may apply for a Tax Identification Number from the Tanzania Revenue Authority. Once all documents and requirements have been met for the TIN, the process may take between two to five days. The board and Commissioner have discretionary rights and may request further documents during this process if they deem necessary.

Any non-citizen is prohibited to engage in any occupation for reward, profit or non-profit if he/she has a valid work permit but has NOT YET been granted a residence permit that allows that person to engage in such occupation. 

Should the applicant be in the country during the permit application process they will not be allowed to work and they will be required to pay for an additional Special Pass to retain their legal status.

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Regarding importation of goods: Any non-Citizen must have a valid Work Permit AND valid Residence Permit AND National ID AND a Tax Identification Number before they are allowed to import their personal effects free from duties. There is no way around this process. Note: Free arrival privileges expire six months from first arrival; this rule may be enforced and applied at the discretion of the Tanzania Revenue Authority.

A container at the port or ICD for five months will accrue thousands of dollars in port demurrage and storage. In certain circumstances it may be more economical and expedient for an employer to pay the taxes on the goods on behalf of their employee.