Tanzania, United Republic of
Tanzania, United Republic of - 2.2 Aviation

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Tanzania boasts a growing civil aviation sector, with 58 airports and over 20 airlines connecting domestic and international destinations. The industry is overseen by the Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority (TCAA) and serves as a crucial driver of tourism and economic development. The Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority (TCAA) was established under the Civil Aviation Act, 2003 (Act No. 21 of 2003) of the United Republic of Tanzania. The TCAA is responsible for ensuring the safety, security, and efficiency of civil aviation operations within Tanzania.

The authority regulates airport as well as provides air navigation services in Tanzania, is responsible for the licensing of aviation personnel and the management, implementation, and regulation of aviation safety in Tanzania. Together with the TCAA, Tanzania Meteorological Agency (TMA) ensures that safety standards are observed through provision of weather forecasting for operations of the aviation industry. In conjunction with the Tanzania Airports Authority (TAA), the TAA and the TCAA are both responsible for the airport operations. Within the industry there have been major developments such as upgrading and rehabilitation of several international and domestic airports. International Airports in Tanzania include Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA) Dar Es Salaam, Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA) Kilimanjaro and Abeid Amani Karume International Airport Zanzibar. National Airports in Tanzania include Mwanza, Songwe, Tabora, Tanga, Dodoma, Kigoma, Bukoba, Mafia, Lake Manyara, and Songea. It includes also airstrips such as Shinyanga, Kahama, and Morogoro.


For more information on government agency and airport company contact information, please see the following links: 4.1 Government Contact List and 4.5 Airport Companies Contact List.

Procedures for Foreign Registered Aircraft

The Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority (TCAA) has established specific protocols for foreign-registered aircraft intending to operate within the United Republic of Tanzania, with the primary objective of ensuring the safety, security, and efficiency of air operations in the country. The outlined procedures encompass several key requirements. Firstly, all foreign-registered aircraft planning to overfly or land in Tanzania must secure a flight permit from the TCAA prior to the scheduled flight. Additionally, these aircraft must possess valid registration in their respective countries of origin, along with the necessary certificates of airworthiness and registration. Crew members on board foreign-registered aircraft are mandated to hold valid licenses issued either by their respective aviation authorities or by authorities recognized by Tanzania. Furthermore, these aircraft must be equipped with valid liability insurance coverage for passenger and third-party liability. Lastly, adherence to technical compliance is imperative, requiring foreign-registered aircraft to meet the specified technical requirements outlined in the TCAA's regulations and be maintained in accordance with an approved maintenance program.

Application for flight clearance.

To apply for flight clearance through the Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority (TCAA), aircraft operators or aviation agents are required to follow a systematic process. Firstly, they must register on the TCAA's online flight permit portal to gain access to the application system. Subsequently, applicants need to complete the online application form, ensuring the provision of accurate details concerning the flight, aircraft, crew, and operator. As part of the application, it is essential to upload scanned copies of all necessary supporting documents, encompassing aircraft registration and airworthiness certificates, crew licenses, insurance certificates, and maintenance records. Finally, the application process includes the payment of the applicable fee, which can be conveniently executed through the online portal using a designated payment method.

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The application is submitted to TCAA, and the processes for normal operations can take between 7 and 10 working days. In the case of an emergency requirement TCAA advised that they are willing to ‘Fast Track ‘such applications.

The Maximum permitted all up weight will be determined by the Director General of the Tanzania Civil Aviation.

Special exemptions from payment of airport fees and taxes apply to the following:

  • Military and state aircraft of the Government of Tanzania
  • Aircraft making Test flights.
  • Aircraft making flights for search and/or relief or rescue of persons in distress.
  • Aircraft making non-commercial flights for the transport of refugees sponsored by United Nations Organizations.
  • Any Aircraft that may be exempted by the Minister Responsible for Civil Aviation.


Aircraft wishing to overfly or land in Tanzania must obtain a flight clearance from the Flight Permit Office by registering at flightpermits@tcaa.go.tz  after registration access the flight permit portal Integrated Self-Service Portal


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