Living In Tanzania: A Guide To Moving To Tanzania As An Expat

Tanzania is a relatively new and vibrant nation, established in 1964 from two East African sovereign states, Tanganyika and Zanzibar. It borders eight other African countries, and is bounded by the Indian Ocean to the East.

The country hosts increasing numbers of tourists and foreign nationals looking to become expats in Tanzania, settling in its diverse and exciting towns and cities, and exploring it’s glorious natural landscapes. Here’s everything you need to know about living in Tanzania as an expat.

What to expect from living in Tanzania as an expat

Tanzania is a developing country. However, it has been prospering in recent years, and was recently elevated from low-income country status to that of low-middle income . Tanzania’s towns and cities are developing hubs of industry, commerce, and culture, and its vibrant landscape attracts more tourists and travellers each year.

Temperatures range from 20°C in the colder months from May to August, to 35°C between November and February, with the cooler regions being in the mountains, while the Indian Oceanic coast boasts the highest temperatures.

Expats in Tanzania can enjoy a laid-back lifestyle. Fresh food and meat are plentiful in the major towns and cities, and the bigger centres boast a thriving drinking culture with plentiful nightlife.

Public transport within Tanzania can be limited. If you live outside the major cities you will likely need a 4-wheel drive vehicle, although Brits moving to Tanzania may be reassured that they drive on the left.

How to become an expat in Tanzania

Tanzanian expats looking for residency must live in the country for 12 months, have a working knowledge of Swahili and English, and work a profession or trade that is considered valuable for the technological development of the country. Anyone with a criminal record will not be admitted.

If you’ve lived and worked in Tanzania for 10 years, or if you have been married to a Tanzanian for five years, you can apply for permanent residency.