Tanzania has lowered the cost of its residence permit charges for East African citizens seeking to live in the country from $2,000 to $500, according to Trade Observatory.
Trade Observatory which monitors developments on international and cross border trade in East Africa, says in a bid to attract more investors from the EA region, permits for EAC investors will now cost $1,500.
Each previously cost $3,000.
Students under the age of 18 years from EAC countries have been exempted from paying any fees and allowed free access to the country.
The fee has also been halved fee for foreign wives.
According to Tanzania High Commission website, there are three types of Residence Permits:- Class A: Issued to employed foreigners- Class B: Issued to foreigners employed by companies or institutions and – Class C: Issued to other foreigners such as missionaries, students, volunteers, researchers or retired persons.
There is a fee of US $ 1600 for a Class A permit, which is generally valid for two years. Permits can be replacement for an additional two years for US $ 1600.
US $ 20 has to be paid for all types of permits as a fee for Re-entry Pass in respect of each permit holder and his/her dependant(s) endorsed in each permit.
Residence permit Class B is issued to foreign expatriates with rare profession to obtain in the country to work for the companies in the country.
Class C Permits are for other categories of residents such as students, researchers, volunteers and missionaries.