Expat guide to living in Tanzania, from healthcare to education & more



Two words: Zanzibar and Kilimanjaro. These words conjure up the sprawling wildlife, the harsh sunlight, vast savannahs and exotic palm beaches that make up Tanzania. But these are what novice travellers know about the country…and unfortunately the entire continent. Tanzania deserves closer inspection because beyond what the guidebooks and tour guides will say, these will not be enough to cover the multi-faceted beauty and appeal of Tanzanian culture. Setting off to climb the big snow-capped mountain? Want to join the Nane Nane festival in Arusha? Here’s a handy guide to set you off on your way.


Expat Clubs

Corona Tanzania

This club is a non-profit organization whose main purpose is to welcome newcomers to Dar es Salaam and help them settle. It is part of Corona Worldwide which was founded in 1950 with the aim of giving support and education to women who were living away from home. In addition, fundraising for, and volunteer work with, women and children are a vital part of our organisation.

Address: Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.zoomtanzania.com/CoronaSociety


Dar es Salam Hash House Harriers

This club is located in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and Hash every Monday evening at 17:30 for a 17:45 start from different locations in and around Dar.

Address: Masaki Area, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Website: www.darhhh.com


Dar es Salaam Choral Society

The group is one of the highlights of the classical music choral performance arena in Tanzania. With its long heritage of over 70 years of performance, the Choir is a well-disciplined modern Choir ushering in a new era of classical music in Tanzania.

Address: P. O. Box 8902, Dar es Salaam    Tanzania

Tel: +255717027793


Mobile: +255754767262

Website: www.darchoralsociety.org


UWABA Dar es Salaam Cycling Community

The Cycling Community meets every Saturday at Manzese, Sisi kwa Sisi. There’s no membership fee. They host an annual cycling caravan, participated by more than 300 cyclists.

Address: Manzese, Sisi kwa Sisi, P.O. Box 90361, Dar es Salaam

Tel: +255 713652642, +255 715568512, +255714623774

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.uwaba.or.tz


Tanzania Marine Swimming Club

Tanzania Marine Swimming Club is organizing a two days free training theory and practical as community awareness on survival at sea and life serving for community members living around water bodies and especially the Dar-Es-Salaam Region at large.

Address: P.O.BOX 11875, DAR-ES-SALAAM

Tel: +255 762 461 460, +255 766 708 646, +255 714 287 207, +255 655 461 460, +255 782 229 007

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.marineswimmingclub.blogspot.ae


Cambrian Society of Tanzania

The Cambrian Society of Tanzania is a newly formed resurrection of the Tanzanian Welsh Society which disbanded some years ago. The Society is aimed at uniting the Welsh expatriates and promoting welsh culture in Tanzania, as well as raising money for charity and holding social events.

Address: Slip Way Waterfront Bar

Tel: +255 784 888 188

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.cambriansocietytz.org

AA Alcoholic Anonymous

Tel: +255 776 261 081

International Schools 

International School of Tanganyika, Ltd.

A non-profit, parent-governed, independent, co-educational day school for children age 3 to grade 12. They have two campuses, Elementary and Secondary, located in the Upanga and Masaki/Msasani Peninsula (respectively) residential areas of Dar es Salaam

Curriculum: International Baccalaureate

Address: P.O. Box 2651, United Nations Road, Administration Building, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Tel: +255-22-2152350, 2150176, 2151223, +255-658-228883/5, +255-684-228882/3

Fax: +255-22-2152077

Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Website: www.istafrica.com


International School Moshi

Established in 1969 to serve the needs of the expatriate and local communities, the school has grown to provide a fully accredited international education for children from age 3 to age 19, offering the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma (DP), Middle Years (MYP) and Primary Years (PYP) programmes on both campuses in northern Tanzania.

Curriculum: International Baccalaureate

Address (Moshi): P.O.Box 733, Moshi, Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

Tel: +255 27 2755004, 2755005, 2751850

Mobile: +255 767 534766

Fax: +255 27 2752877, +255 736 605320

Email: [email protected]


Address (Arusha): P.O.Box 2691, Arusha, Tanzania

Tel: +255 27 2505029, 2505030

Mobile: +255 754 740706

Fax: +255 27 2505031

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.ismoshi.org


Kwanza International School

Kwanza International School is a private medium cost school that is located in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The school, which was started in 1999, consists of a nursery and primary school sections that are located in different campuses in Mikocheni, Dar es Salaam. Both the nursery and primary schools offer the British National Curriculum.

Curriculum: British

Address: Plot 69, Msasani Village on Old Bagamoyo Road Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Website: www.peterkuria.com


Hazina International School

Hazina International School is a combination of day and boarding School currently providing both Nursery and Primary Education. The school is situated at Mpwapwa street, a shoot out of Makanya Road leading to Sinza 2.5 Kms from the city centre.

Curriculum: Tanzania National Curriculum

Address: PO Box 90198, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Tel: +255-22-270839

Mobile: +255 716999800

Website: www.hazinaschool.com

Dar es Salaam International Academy

Dar es Salaam International Academy aspires to deliver high quality international education to our very diverse student body in a nurturing environment. To inspire a passion for learning, foster a sense of wonder and curiosity, and teach responsible citizenship through a partnership between school, home and community. To develop, sustain and maintain academic excellence, together with a balanced, holistic curriculum that is relevant to the students' day-to-day life experience.

Address: Plot 1325/1326 Transit Supermarket Road 

Tel: +255 22 2600202/6

Email:  [email protected]

Website: www.dia.co.tz

The Nordic School

The Nordic School in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania provides daycare, based on Nordic pedagogical principles, for children aged 1 1/2-6 years, Nordic language classes and a wide variety of afternoon activities for children aged 5-15 years.

Address: Msasani, Ruvu Road (off Chole Road), Osterbay, Dar es Salaam

Tel: +255 (0) 612 004 004 

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.nordicschool.net

Haven of Peace Academy

Our school recognizes that the success of our educational mission depends upon a community holding shared values. As a school, Haven of Peace Academy values acceptance, encouragement, prayer, mutual respect and loving discipline. We believe that because each child is created in God’s image for a unique and useful purpose, each needs to be trained in Godly character. A child has physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual needs. 

Tel: +255-786-845-135

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.hopac.net

Country Information 

Location: Africa

Capital City: Dodoma

Currency: Tanzanian shilling

Language: Swahili, English

Calling Code: +255

Internet TLD: .tz

Electricity: Tanzania runs on 230V 50Hz. The main provider or electricity is Tanzania Electric Supply Company Limited  TANESCO.

Address: Headquarters, Dar es Salaam

Tel: +255 022 2451130/38, +255 022 2451148

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.tanesco.co.tz/


Emergency Numbers:   

Ambulance: 112

Fire: 112

Police: 112


Country Information


Embassy Information

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Residents Visa and Work Permit information

Citizens of the following countries may enter and stay in Tanzania for up to 30 months: Burundi, Hong Kong, Kenya, Macao, Rwanda, South Africa, and Uganda. Other nationals are eligible to obtain a visa on arrival. Citizens from the following countries however must apply for a visa at a Tanzanian embassy or consulate: Afghanistan, Abkhazia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Chad, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Kazakhstan, Kyrgystan, Lebanon, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Palestine, Senegal, Somalia, Sierra Leone, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Sri Lanka.

The different types of visas available to foreigners are: Ordinary/Visitor’s pass, Business visa, Multiple Entry visa, and Referred visa (for countries who need special clearance from the immigration department of Tanzania).

Documents Required:
  • your passport (with minimum 6 months validity)
  • (2) two recent passport-sized photographs
  • proof of return travel (Copy of flight itinerary or confirmation slip including dates of travel from Travel agent)
  • copy of your individual or group travel itinerary
  • the application fee by a Money Order or bank cheque in Australian dollars made payable to Consulate of Tanzania or by cash; and
  • return pre-paid, self-addressed, EXPRESS POST envelope or courier

-          From the Tanzania Consul site: www.tanzaniaconsul.com/apply.html

Expats wishing to reside in Tanzania for extended duration and purposes must also obtain a residence permit. These come in three classes.

Residence Permit Class A may be granted to a person other than a prohibited Immigrant who intends to enter or remain in Tanzania and engage in trade, Business, Profession, Agriculture, Animal husbandry, prospecting of Minerals or manufacture.

Residence Permit Class 'B' is issued to a foreigner other than a Prohibited Immigrant who has obtained specified employment in Tanzania, and the Principal Commissioner of Immigration Services (subject to recommendation by the Director of Employment) is satisfied that he possesses qualifications or skills necessary for that employment and that his employment will be of benefit to Tanzania.

Residence Permit  Class "C"  may be issued to foreigners intending to enter  and reside in Tanzania for purposes other than those specified for the grant of Residence Permit Class "A"  or "B". These include; students, researchers, volunteers, persons attending cases in Court of Laws, persons who have formerly been residents and are about to leave the country (i.e. winding up affairs), and persons attending medical treatment in hospitals. Requirements for Residence Permit Class "C" differs depending on the categories of activities that a foreigner intends to engage in.


Documents required for Residence Permit Class ‘B’

  • Application forms (TIF 1) duly filled in duplicate ;
  • General security covenant (TIF. 13);
  • Curriculum vitae (CV) of the employee;
  • A copy of National Passport (with validity of not less than a year);
  • Certified copies of Academic Certificates;
  • Service testimonial from previous employer (if any);
  • Employment contract, duly signed by the employer or his representative and the employee;
  • Job description;
  • Official translation of documents/certificates in case they are written in a language other than English or Kiswahili;
  • Certificates of Registration, Clearance or License from authorize Institutions i.e. Persons with some job titles or qualifications that require registration with authorize Institutions and Certificate, Clearance or Licenses be issued. These include Accountants, Engineers, Architects, Surveyors, Doctors, Teachers, Nurses, Pilots, Employees in Security Companies, executive Personnel in Financial Institutions such as Banks, Bureau De Change etc.
  • Memorandum and Articles of Association of the employing company;
  • Certificate of Incorporation or Compliance (as the case may be)
  • Business Licenses (these may include other Licenses, issued to some businesses, e.g.  Industrial License, Mining License, Casino License, Tourist Agent's License, Certificate of Registration from Contractors Registration Board) etc.
  • Value Added Tax (VAT) Certificate (for Businesses entitled to pay this type of tax);
  • Tax Payer's Identity Number (T.I.N.) Certificate;
  • Business License Tax Clearance Certificate;
  • a letter of recommendation from the Director of Employment, Ministry of Labour and Employment;
  • a covering letter from the Employer;
  • (xix) Six Passport Size photographs.

From the Immigration Service Department Tanzania site: immigration.go.tz/module1.php?id=15


Tanzania’s largest city Dar es Salaam is a prime pick for expatriates. Amenities such as schools, hospitals, government services and the international airport are located here. The three districts that make up Dar es Salaam are made up of suburbs with residential areas that range from upscale, mid, to budget accommodations. Apartment rentals start $500 to $700 per month for a single bedroom unit.

Kinondoni district is the most populated. The suburbs here are posh. Masaki, Ada Estate and Oysterbay has a growing population of European and Asian expats. UK expats are mostly found in Msasani area; home to many western resorts and commercial complexes.

The administrative district of Ilala has most government offices and ministries; accommodations here mainly mid to upscale. Kariakii area has a lot of shopping stores, merchants and markets. Upanga and Kisutu has a large Asian expat community, mostly Arabs and Indians.

Temeke is an industrial district, with manufacturing companies and ports situated here. Mtoni and Tandika are mid to low income suburbs. Kigamboni is a beach-front area with mixed population of low to high income residents. It is not as densely populated as other areas.

Driving License

Expats may use their domestic and an international license to drive legally in Tanzania for up to six months. After this, legal residents will have to apply for a Tanzanian license, through the Tanzania Revenue Authority TRA. Expats will have to submit:
  • Copy of passport
  • Copy of visa
  • Domestic/Foreign driving license
  • License fee
  • Completed application form

After these, applicants will have to go to a police station, with a car for a test drive. Upon passing the test drive, they will be referred back to the TRA to receive their license.

For more information please visit the Tanzania Revenue Authority site: www.tra.go.tz


The healthcare facilities and services in Tanzania are limited; this includes medication, supplies and even emergency services. Most treatments are done in Dar es Salaam, however it’s more recommended to fly to neighboring Nairobi or South Africa for more serious and complex cases. Cholera is prevalent in the country, including Malaria, so precautionary vaccinations are highly advised.

Insurance Companies


Jubilee Insurance

This company offers medical insurance called J-Care. J-Care is an individual and family medical product.
  • Cover for pre-existing and chronic conditions.
  • Cover for Cancer, HIV/AIDS and Maternity.
  • Flexible hospital network across the country.
  • Discounted rates on some Jubilee Insurance products.
  • Value added service

Address: Head Office, Amani Place, Ohio Street 4th Floor, P.O.Box 20524 Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania

Tel: +255 22 213 5121

Fax: +255 22 213 5166

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.jubileeinsurance.com/tz



Aga Khan Hospital

Established in 1964, the Aga Khan Hospital, Dar es Salaam is a multispecialty hospital offering quality health care for the people of Tanzania. In 2000, construction of a new building was complete, expanding the Hospital to its current 74-beds. The Hospital provides general medical services, specialist clinics and state of the art diagnostic services. It is also part of the Aga Khan Health Services international referral system, with links to the Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi and the Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi.

Address: P.O. Box 2289, Ocean Road, Dar es Salaam, TANZANIA

Tel: +255 22 211 5151/53

Fax: +255 22 211 5904

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.agakhanhospitals.org


Regency Medical Centre

Regency Medical Centre is an innovative, effective, trustworthy and caring Health Service Provider with an easy accessible location from all parts of Dar es Salaam, the business capital of Tanzania. The hospital is known for its integrated state-of-the-art medical facilities coupled with a caring team of highly competent experienced and dedicated doctors, nurses and paramedics.

Address: Alykhan Road, Upanga, P.o. Box 2029, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Tel: +255-22-2150500

Fax: +255-22-2150180

Mob: +255 784417500

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.regencymedicalcentre.com


Muhimbili National Hospital MNH

MNH is National Referral Hospital and University Teaching Hospital with 900 bed facility, attending 1,000 to 1,200 outpatients per day, admitting 1,000 to 1,200 inpatients per day.

Address: P. O Box 65000, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Tel: +255 22 2151367-9

Fax : +255 22 2150234

Email : [email protected]

Website: www.mnh.or.tz