Tanzania: Information on whether exit controls are currently in place, and on whether failure to return on a specified date is a punishable offence
|Publisher||Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada|
|Author||Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada|
|Publication Date||1 February 1995|
|Citation / Document Symbol||TZA19746.E|
|Cite as||Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Tanzania: Information on whether exit controls are currently in place, and on whether failure to return on a specified date is a punishable offence, 1 February 1995, TZA19746.E, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3ae6ac497c.html [accessed 9 December 2013]|
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An official of the Tanzanian embassy in Washington, DC, stated that there are currently no exit controls in place in Tanzania, and as a result there is no requirement for departing Tanzanians to return within a specific timeframe (14 Feb. 1995). Furthermore, in the current situation the question of punishment for failure to return on a specific date does not arise in either Tanzanian law or practice (ibid.).
However, the embassy official explained that senior civil servants, by the nature of their official positions, are required to obtain permission from the president's office before leaving the country. Also, if senior civil servants require an extension of their foreign stay, they must ask their ministry for the necessary permission. The DIRB is unable to corroborate this information at the present time.
This response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the DIRB within time constraints. This response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum.
Embassy of United Republic of Tanzania, Washington, DC. 14 February 1995. Telephone interview with official.