Sep 30 2016

Long-Term Residents Must Register by November 2



Work permit holders and their children over the age of 18 whose stay in Tanzania will be more than six months must register for an identification card by November 2, 2016, according to an announcement by the National Identification Authority (NIDA). Residents who enter Tanzania after November 2 will be required to register as part of the Long-Term Work Permit application process.

Those that fail to register may face a fine and/or imprisonment.

Registration Information

Residents must appear in person at a NIDA district office between 8am and 4pm any business day and must present the following documents:

  • Valid passport;
  • Work permit;
  • Residence permit;
  • Proof of deposit of payment into the NIDA bank account; and
  • Completed registration form.

The application fee is as follows:

  • Investors: USD 100
  • Employees: USD 50
  • Missionaries, researchers, students and dependents: USD 20

Applicants should not wear white, blue, pink, grey or light blue shirts, or hats as they may affect the quality of the photographs.

What This Means for Employers and Foreign Nationals

Foreign workers in Tanzania whose stay will exceed six months must register by November 2, 2016. Those who require more information about the registration process or who prefer to be accompanied to government offices should contact their immigration professional.

This alert is for informational purposes only. If you have any questions, please contact the global immigration professional with whom you work at Fragomen or send an email to

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