HTLC Network | Tanzania
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South of the equator in East Africa lies Tanzania, the largest of the East African countries, both in land area and population.


With the Indian Ocean to the east, it borders with eight countries: Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Uganda and Zambia. Tanzania is rich in terms of cultural and natural wealth with. Africa’s highest snow-capped peak of Mount Kilimanjaro, the Ngrorongoro Crater with the densest population of game in the whole of Africa and the endless plains of the Serengeti National Park. Through central Tanzania runs the Great Rift Valley, a landmark dotted with unique lakes such as Tanganyika and Nyasa. Dar Es Salaam is the present capital but Dodoma is planned as the new national capital.



Early in the first millennium travelers and merchants from the Persian Gulf and Western India are known to have visited the East African coast where they traded in ivory, slaves, spices, skins and iron. Vasco da Gama became the first known European to reach the East African coast which was ruled first by Portuguese and Arab traders and later by Germany and Britain as the major participants in the process that has been called ‘the scramble for Africa’, shaping the borders of modern day Tanzania. Tanganyika achieved independence, without bloodshed, from Britain on 9 Dec 1961 and Zanzibar three years later. These two East African sovereign states of Tanganyika (the mainland) and the Zanzibar islands later formed The United Republic of Tanzania in 1964. Today democracy is thriving and Tanzania is renowned as being one of Africa’s most peaceful countries.



The vast majority of the population is of Bantu origin that migrated into Tanzania and with time assimilated most of the people of Khoisan and Cushitic origin. The Nilotic-speaking group originates from the Nile valley. The remaining 1% consists of Europeans, Asians and Arabs who dwell mainly in urban and coastal areas.



Kiswahili or Swahili is the official language and used primary in education. English is the second official language used primary in commerce, administration, and higher education. Arabic is widely spoken in Zanzibar and in the coastal areas. note: Kiswahili (Swahili) is the mother tongue of the Bantu people living in Zanzibar and nearby coastal Tanzania and has become the lingua franca of central and eastern Africa (Source: The CIA World Factbook)



Tanzania’s economy depends heavily on agriculture and the country remains among the world’s poorest. Through painful fiscal reforms and funds from the World Bank, the IMF, and bilateral donors in order to rehabilitate its out-of-date economic infrastructure, the economy has improved together with an increase of private-sector growth and investment through recent banking reforms. A huge untapped potential lies in its massive ecotourism.



The climate is tropical with the hottest period spreading between November and February, and coldest between May and August.

Not only heritage and culture make this country unique but also the geography as Tanzania is one of the most varied and unique countries in the world. Perched on the Indian Ocean its vast interior contains Africa’s highest point Mount Kilimanjaro, the Zanzibar Archipelago and the Ngorongoro crater, considered to be the world’s 8th wonder.


Tanzania-681The capital:

Dodoma is the country’s political capital city and the seat of government in the country. The city is located along the eastern tip of the highlands in the south and 309 km west of Dar es Salaam. The government legislature meet in Dodoma, and divide their time between the inland city and Dar es Salaam on the coast that is the country’s commercial capital.


Main expatriate destination cities:

Dar Es Salaam, is a bustling city where a lot of options for dining, shopping, and entertainment can be found. High-rise residential buildings and office blocks have grown up around the city centre and certain suburban areas.


Arusha, close to the northern border of Tanzania, is an important centre for business, commerce and safari operations. Some of the most significant international agreements and peace treaties in the recent history of Africa have been signed here as well as the Tribunal for Rwandan war crimes that were held in Arusha’s Conference Centre.


Main foreign investors:

More than 60% of Tanzania’s donor assistance is provided by The World Bank, Sweden, Netherlands, European Union, Germany, and Denmark. The USAID assistance to Tanzania is active in the sectors of private enterprise development, democracy and government environmental conservation and health (family planning and HIV/AIDS control).


The mining sector is expected to enhance availability of foreign exchange.


Expatriate living:

Dar es Salaam is emerging as a cosmopolitan city enjoyable to explore with a range of new businesses, cafes, bars, restaurants and products. Dar Es Salaam has International schools and in Moshi and Arusha in northern Tanzania boarding and day school on two campuses can be found. Students must wear uniforms to school.


English is universally used in business, and spoken by most people in the tourist industry. The majority of Tanzanians speak at least a little English.

Dar Es Salaam offer unstable electrical power, generator power and have slow but fairly reliable Internet services. Telephone lines are occasionally down, and mobile telephone services not always continual.


Cultural Awareness:

Across the country it is custom to greet people as well as part ways with a friendly handshake. Do take care to use only your right hand. Speaking a little Kiswahili can open up the doors of communication Appearances do matter here why a well tailored suit worn with a tie, or a safari suit will do well for men while women can wear a smart dress.


Women should respect the Tanzanian/Muslim culture, particularly in Zanzibar, and wear clothes that cover the shoulders. Avoid wearing mini-skirts and micro-shorts which should not be worn to the office or city center. Sundresses, jeans, modest shorts, and T-shirts are acceptable for non-business occasions. If you see an ashtray it means smoking is allowed; if you don’t see one, don’t ask for one. Smoking is strictly banned on public transport and in cinema houses.

Leisure activities and opportunities:


Tanzania is an “old” expat area. In Dar es Salaam a wide range of sports and leisure pursuits are organized within the expatriate communities plus a wide range of expatriate clubs and associations for other pursuits and interests can be found.


Several good restaurants are opening with a wide variety of ethnic choice at quite reasonable prices and some are comparable to western standards.

Prepare and Plan Visit
In this initial contact the Relocation Coordinator will brief the Transferee, introducing destination services commissioned, and provide access codes to HTLC Network on-line City-Specific Resource Guides. In addition, the Relocation Coordinator will help the Transferee assess personal and family’s housing needs, as well as their hopes and plans for the sojourn in your new destination. The Transferee will be asked to fill out a Personal Needs Analysis Form, which will enable customized service delivery. After gaining a sense of the Transferee’s needs, the Relocation Coordinator will arrange appointments with schools and real estate agents, an appointment will be set up with one of the Local Counsellors for a city briefing and a programme will be finalised for accompanied property and school viewings.


Airport Pickup and Greeting The Transferee and family will be met at the airport by a Local Counsellor and accompanied to designated hotel.


Destination Country and City Information
The Transferee will be given a briefing on the local city and life in your new destination in general, and will be encouraged to ask any questions. An Information Pack on the destination city will be provided. This Pack includes an information sheet with the HTLC Network office and Local Counsellor contact information and emergency telephone numbers. Further, it includes a city and transport map as well as a hard copy of HTLC Network own City-Specific Resource Guide, which contains a wealth of information such as telephone access codes, English-speaking doctors and expatriate clubs. When available, a copy of the English Yellow Pages, local English language periodicals and other relevant information will also be included in the Information Pack.


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The purpose of this tour is to familiarise the Transferee with selected areas of the city and type of housing and amenities available, in order to be better prepared to select the neighbourhood most suitable for personal and family needs. The City By Zone Tour is often delivered in conjunction with a house hunting programme.


International Schooling The Transferee will be briefed on educational opportunities in the area. The Relocation Coordinator will schedule appointments at the selected schools, and the Local Counsellor will accompany the Transferee to pre-arranged appointments although the appointments will be privately held between the Transferee and school administrators. Where possible, the Relocation Coordinator will organise enrolment procedure and arrange for company invoicing.


Full-Day Househunting Programme Following an in-depth briefing by the Relocation Coordinator a programme of property viewings will be arranged. The Local Counsellor will accompany the Transferee to pre-arranged viewings of up to eight properties.


Two-Day Househunting Programme Following an in-depth briefing by the Relocation Coordinator a programme of property viewings will be arranged. The Local Counsellor will accompany the Transferee to pre-arranged viewings of up to fifteen properties.


Lease Negotiation After the Transferee has selected a property, the Relocation Coordinator will negotiate lease conditions with the real estate agency or landlord according to The national destination law. HTLC Network coordinator will prepare a contract that ensures legal protection for the client. Particular attention is given to include a break clause, as international assignments often change in duration and the aim is to give maximum flexibility within the limits of the national destination law.


bigstock-Real-Estate-Home-Inspection-Re-20778977Property Inspection and Inventory Once the lease has been signed, a thorough property inspection is taken in the presence of the Transferee. This includes an inventory of any furnishings, general condition of the property, and meter readings for utility contracts.


Utility Connections, Phone Line and Bank Account The Relocation Coordinator will arrange all utility and telephone connections, and a Local Counsellor will accompany the Transferee to open a bank account in the selected area.


Settling-In Assistance The Local Counsellor will spend time with the Transferee and family, assisting with requested elements of the relocation process, such as arranging language training, obtaining a satellite decoder or internet service provider, shopping for furniture or securing house contents insurance. Duration of this service depends on various company authorizations.


Car Purchase or Lease The Relocation Coordinator will brief the Transferee on the logistics of making an automobile purchase and will research reputable dealers in the area. The Local Counsellor will accompany the Transferee to dealers and act as a translator. Once the Transferee has made the selection, HTLC Network will take care of necessary documentation including insurance cover. For long-term rental HTLC Network will advise local availability of this service.


Local Registration
If the Transferee requests, and is eligible, the Local Counsellor will assist with National Health Registration. City hall registration is a separate service and if authorizied, HTLC Network will assist with the whole bureaucratic procedure at the relative cityhall.


Closeup of a call center employee with headset at workplaceOngoing Phone Support The HTLC Network support Helpline is available to all Transferees for 90 days from date of property contract signing. Extensions to this Helpline can be added in periods of three months.


Car Importation Importation of car to your new destination, including full document assistance and re-registration with Vehicle registry.


Full Assignment Tracking Full tracking of all deadlines throughout duration of the Transferees international assignment, notification given of all scheduled renewal dates, such as housing contracts, Permit of Stay and Work Permits. Ad Hoc Services Service rendered both from back and front office is available on an hourly and daily basis.

Immigration procedures and requirements vary greatly from country to country. Documents requested from applicants depend on the citizenship of the individual applying and the status he wishes to obtain in the destination country, be it authorisation to work, authorisation for accompanying family members, tourist or study visas, temporary or permanent residency status.


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• HTLC Network has been selected by many International Law and Immigration Firms as well as Global Relocation Companies to represent them exclusively for immigration

• We work closely with the relevant governmental and police authorities in each country

• Our Immigration Team are experts in immigration laws and keep abreast of changing requirements and procedures

• We prepare all documentation for HR, all you have to do is print out and sign

• We inform the Transferee which specific documents are required , which translations must be obtained and if these must be legalised

• We provide HR and Transferees with information on the process flow, timing and specific legal requirements of each destination

• We update all parties involved regularly as to the status of the application

• Whenever possible, we act with a Power of Attorney on behalf of the company and the Transferee; when the Transferee’s presence is required, he will be accompanied to the relevant office in the destination city

• Our Local Counsellors, residents and locals of the destination city, are able to present the all prepared documentation to the relevant offices in person; thus speeding up the process and ensuring an efficient service


For more info about our immigration services in Tanzania please contact our marketing department at:

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Tanzania is officially known as the United Republic of Tanzania and it is bordered by Kenya and Uganda to the north; Rwanda, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west; and Zambia, Malawi, and Mozambique to the south. The country’s eastern border is formed by the Indian Ocean. Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain, is located in northeastern Tanzania.

The country is divided into 30 administrative regions: five on the semi-autonomous islands of Zanzibar and 25 on the mainland in the former Tanganyika. The name “Tanzania” derives from the names of the two states, Tanganyika and Zanzibar, that united on 26 April 1964 to form the United Republic of Tanganyika and Zanzibar. On 29 October 1964, the country was renamed the United Republic of Tanzania. The Articles of Union are the main foundation of Tanzania.

What can I expect to find in an unfurnished, a semi-furnished or a furnished property?

Unfurnished properties are either completely empty or they have wardrobes, basic kitchen furnishings and bathroom fixtures and furnishings.

Semi-furnished properties include a kitchen, bathroom and basic furnishings for each room.

Fully furnished properties include all furnishings required however they may not be of the standard that expatriates are used to. The rental fee of furnished properties often reflects the standard of furnishings.

What sort of flexibility will I have to negotiate rent or furnishings?

There is a certain amount of flexibility; it depends on the individual landlord. If more furnishings are requested, the landlord will usually raise the rental request to cover the cost of this.

How can i secure a property i choose?

It is not common practice to pay a holding fee so a contract must be drawn up and payment made as soon as possible.

How many properties will I be shown?

This depends on the Relocation Package you have; Our Basic Package includes 8 properties and our Extended Package includes 15 properties. You will be told at the outset how many properties you will be shown or how much time you have available to do the house hunting. The properties provided will be as close to your ‘Needs Analysis’ description as possible according to what is available on the market at the time.

What costs are involved in renting a property?

There is usually a Real Estate Agency fee to be paid by the tenant of 10% total rent (one year). Rent is usually paid a year up front. A security deposit is not usually paid, although on up-market properties this can sometimes be required.

What other expenses should I expect to pay?

A service fee or condominium fee is to be paid when renting a property in a building with other dwellings.

Security provision, if not provided by landlord, is essential and a reputable local company can be sourced for this.

What is the process flow to rent a property?

Once a suitable property is identified, the contract is negotiated between the landlord and tenant via the Real Estate Agent. It is not necessary to have a local lawyer draw up a lease contract.

The lease is signed and full payment made.

What chance do I have of receiving my full deposit back when I leave the property?

In cases where a security deposit is paid, it is returned provided the property is left in the same state as when it was consigned.

What responsibility do I have as a tenant towards maintenance of the property?

Tenant is responsible for general maintenance as specified in rental contract.

Can I make any alterations to the property?

Only with the written consent of the landlord.

What if I need to terminate the lease early?

As rent is paid upfront for a year, as is common in African countries, there is no refund should the lease be terminated early.

What utility expenses will I have to pay?

All Utilities are to be paid by the tenant according to consumption: Electricity and Water which are billed.

Gas is available bottled as there gas is not piped, it can be delivered directly to the property.

How are these accounts charged?

The accounts remain in the name of the landlord.

Water bills arrive directly to the property address (PO Box) on a monthly basis.
Electricity units have to be purchased prior to consumption, so that there is a credit with the electricity company that is topped up according to consumption.

Payment for utilities can be made by bank transfer or over the counter directly to the utility companies by cash or cheque.

What documents do I need to install a Telephone Line?

The telephone contract usually remains in the name of the Landlord.
If however, a tenant wishes to have one installed in his/her own name, regular immigration documents are required as well as documentation proving the rental of the property (signed property contract and sometimes also signed statement from Landlord).

How long do i have to wait for my telephone line?

Usually just a few days.

How will i be billed?

Usually just a few days.

Is my licence valid in Tanzania ?

An International license is valid in Tanzania.

Can I buy a car?

Yes, a foreigner can purchase as vehicle providing they are in possession of regular immigration documents (Work Permit and residency).

How can I ensure the security of my family?

As in all developing countries, foreigners stand out and are easy targets for petty crime and theft. It is important to move about with caution, not to go into areas that are particularly dangerous or deserted and to be discreet in display of material wealth.

Are there any precautions a foreigner can take ?

It is recommended that security provision is put in place for residential and commercial property. Some properties include 24hr security surveillance and where it is not included it must be sourced through a reliable local provider.

Do I have to be vaccinated before arriving to Tanzania?

It is recommended that you check with your own Embassy before embarking on travel to Tanzania; however Typhoid and Hepatitis are recommended vaccines.

Are there any particular health risks in Tanzania?

As common throughout this area of Africa, malaria is rampant. Precautions should be taken before and during ones stay. Water should always be boiled or packaged water purchased.

Why should I choose HTLC Network?

– Extensive rapidly growing client list.
– Exclusive partner/representative of many Global Relocation Service Providers.
– Exclusive representative of many International Law and Immigration Firms.
– Quality control guarantee: Head Office directs all relocations and immigrations in every destination.
– All staff required to attend on-going training sessions and workshops to keep updated as to global mobility needs.
– No language barriers – Assistance provided in all major European languages and many others.
– Corporate consultation with HTLC Network’s’ Representatives at location of choice.
– HTLC Network own ‘Resource Guides’ providing a wealth of everyday information for expatlife in destination city.
– Comprehensive FAQs for each country serviced.
– Red Alert List to prepare for the specific challenges of each destination.
– Extra ‘Safety’ section in Resource Guides for countries posing specific security threats.
– 24-hour Emergency Helpline for Transferees throughout the duration of the relocation.
– Complimentary 3-month Helpline.

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How does HTLC Network assist with Immigration?

HTLC Network will prepare all the necessary paperwork, email it to the Company and direct as to how the various documents are to be printed out and signed. We will send one of our Local Counsellors with Power of Attorney to act on behalf of the individual and company.

When the Transferee has to be present to apply for a document, he will be accompanied by our Local Counsellor.

What time scale should be allowed to process Work Permit applications?

When all paper work has been prepared, approved and signed by the relevant companies, it can take 6-8 weeks during which time Italian law states that the expatriate must not be in Italy.

How can we determine a realistic Housing Budget for Transferees?

During HTLC Network’ initial teleconference with the client we go through an in-depth ‘Needs Analysis’ which can include Housing Budget variables for the Destination City. HTLC Network will work with the Company to ensure the workforce locate properties of a suitable standard within the parameters set by corporate policy.

Can the contract be signed in the name of a foreign company?

Legally, yes, as long as it can be proved that the individual who signs the contract has the legal right to sign as a representative of the Company. Many landlords however, will not accept this as it is harder to take a foreign Company to court should there be any missing rent payments or problems. As landlord’s rarely accept a foreign Company signing the lease, it is usually signed by the local company that is VAT registered locally.

HTLC Network will prepare the contract in the name of a legal representative of the Company. We require full data of the individual, a photocopy of his/her passport ID pages and a photocopy of the Company’ s document demonstrating position within the Company.

The prepared contract will be emailed to the appropriate Company contact and instructions will be given on how it is to be printed out and signed. Once signed, one of HTLC Network’ Local Counsellors will collect the contract and deliver it to the real estate agent for the signature of the landlord. A signed copy will be returned to the Company whilst the three copies of the contract are being registered, thereafter a registered copy will be delivered.

Arrangements will be made to take a thorough inventory in the presence of the tenant and landlord.

Is it necessary for the Transferee to be present to apply for documents?

For the presentation of document application, it varies from city to city. Wherever possible HTLC Network will prepare power of attorney in order for a Local Counsellor to act on behalf of the Transferee and family.

To release the obtained documents, the Transferee and other members of the family must be present as an original signature is required.

How can we guarantee all Transferees will receive the same standard of service? (staff relocating to main cities versus more rural areas)

All Local Counsellors are really ‘local’ to the area where they assist Transferees. They are selected for their good knowledge of their city area.

All Local Counsellors are trained by HTLC Network to follow our set pattern of delivering services using an in-house ‘Training and Operations Manual’.

All Local Counsellors are closely directed by Office Coordinators, ensuring a consistent standard of service is delivered.

How does HTLC Network handle Group Moves?

All relocations are handled by the same system of centralisation. When required, we arrange for a member of our office team to go to the location of a group move to be an in-house Coordinator, working from the Client Company’s premises as a point of reference for HR, Transferees and their families.

In main centres we have several Local Counsellors.

What ongoing support is provided for Transferees and families?

HTLC Network aims to equip your workforce to settle into their new environment as soon as possible. Upon arrival they are presented with a local Information Pack. They are given access to our on-line City Specific Resource Guides that provide general local information as well as specific local information once a suitable property has been located.

We have a 24hour emergency helpline throughout the duration of the relocation. We provide a 90 day complimentary phone line that can be extended throughout the duration of the assignment.

Our aim is to teach the Transferee how to live in his new city and to equip him to be as independent as possible.


Area: 886,037 sq km
Time Zone: GMT+3
Capital city: Dar es Salaam
Bordering countries: Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Uganda, Zambia
Climate: Varies from tropical along coast to temperate in highlands.


Stateform: Republic
Legislative Branch: Unicameral National Assembly
National Holiday: Union Day
(Tanganyika and Zanzibar), 26 April
Currency:Tanzanian shilling (TZS)


Population: 40,213,160
Religion: Mainland – Christian, Muslim, indigenous beliefs; Zanzibar – Muslim
Languages: Kiswahili or Swahili (official), Kiunguja (name for Swahili in Zanzibar), English, Arabic (widely spoken in Zanzibar), many local languages
Ethnic groups: Mainland – African, other; Zanzibar – Arab, African, mixed Arab and African