Work and Residence Permits

Application procedures for work and Residence permits Zanzibar Investment Promotion and Protection Act No.11 of 2004 provide an opportunity for the approved projects to employ expatriates in key positions that are determined by ZIPA. The issuance of Work and Residence Permits is governed by Employment Act No. 11 of 2005 and Immigration Act No.7 of 1995 respectively. Please click here to read important information on application of work and residence permits.

Application Procedures

New Application
For each post to be filled by non-citizen, investor shall apply in writing to ZIPA for a work and residence permits, prior to the arrival of the applicant in Zanzibar and submit together with the application the following documents:

For shareholders

For Expatriates

For Dependent

Renewal of Work Permit

Work permit is valid for one year and can be renewed. Where a work permit is about to expire and the applicant is eligible for renewal, investor shall apply to ZIPA for the renewal, at least 14 working days before expiry date of the permit. The application shall be made in writing and accompanied with the following documents:

For Shareholders

For Expatriates

Replacement of Residence Permit

Where a residence permit is about to expire, and the same is eligible for replacement, investor shall apply to ZIPA for its replacement at least 14 days before expiry date. The application shall be made in writing and accompanied with the following documents:

For shareholders

For Expatriates

For Dependents

Where a Dependent pass is about to expire, investor shall apply for the renewal of the same at least 14 days before expiry date. The application shall be made in writing to ZIPA and accompanied with the following documents:

Cancellation of Work and Residence Permits

For investors

Where investor decides to cancel the work and residence permits, shall apply in writing to ZIPA and submit the following documents:

For Expatriates

Where a contract between an expatriate and employer is about to end/terminated, and is not eligible for renewal employer shall apply to ZIPA for the cancellation of both work and residence permits at least 7 days before departure. The application shall be made in writing and accompanied with the following:-

Temporary Work Permit

This permit is issued for temporary assignment for a period of less than six (6) months. The application shall be made in writing to ZIPA and accompanied with the following documents:-