The Tanzanian government has reiterated that foreigners, including nationals of other East African Community (EAC) member states, must use passports to gain entry into the country.

This was stated by Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation, Dr Susan Kolimba, in response to concerns on the issue, raised by some East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) members on the matter.

She told the House that the laws of the country had to be adhered to, among which were those related to immigration. Ms Susan Nakawuki (from Uganda) had wondered why Tanzania didn’t allow citizens of other members of the regional bloc to use Identification Cards at border-crossing points.

She urged Tanzania to follow in the footsteps of Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda, which formalized the use of IDs, thereby easing movement of people from one partner state to the other.

“Crossing to Rwanda, for example, is a pleasant experience, as all one needs is an ID. This reflects an EAC spirit…