I am residing in a country bordering Tanzania and am told the price of second hand clothing in Tanzania is cheaper compared to my country. I don’t have a passport but would like to enter Tanzania only for a few hours to buy clothing for my family. What document do I need to possess in order to legally enter Tanzania for a few hours and then get back to my country?
A person from a bordering country who resides within a border area who does not have a passport can enter Tanzania for a period not exceeding 24 hours by using a Border Pass. A Border Pass is issued by an immigration officer at the entry point by power vested on him by regulation 17 of the Immigration Regulations as amended by Government Notice No.518 of 2018. All you need to do is go to the Immigration Office of Tanzania at your entry point and make an application for a Border Pass. The immigration officer will give you a Border Pass Form to fill and once the application is approved, you will be issued with a Border Pass which will allow you to go to your desired destination provided the destination is within 10 kilometres from the border line where the border pass is issued. A Border Pass application form should be accompanied by your identity card issued by a competent authority of your country and proof of permission to exit your country. A border pass is issued for free.