Visiting the EAC Headquarters
Visits to the EAC during COVID-19
Due to the global COVID-19 outbreak, our study visits are currently suspended. We build on your understanding and apologize for any inconvenience.
Please contact us for more information on the study visits for future booking requests. We hope to have you visitng the EAC Headquarters soon and are looking forward to sharing our experiences with you.
The East African Community invites members of the public to its Headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania, with a view to raising public awareness of its structures, the way it works and the nature of its work.
Some practical information regarding visits is given below:
Individual and Group Visits
The East African Community Secretariat, East African Court of Justice (EACJ) and the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) welcome individual or group visits. Groups must comprise at least three persons and, due to the capacity to host, not more than 50 persons.
In the interest of public order, under-five-year-olds are NOT allowed in the visit.
Primary and Secondary School Students are required to be in their Official School Uniform during the visit.
We also recommend reading the rules related to visits to the EAC Headquarters (below).
What does a visit consist of?
The visit consists of a talk (1 hour) on the mandate, structure and the activities of the Community: the Secretariat, the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) and the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) and a tour of the Headquarters (15mins).
Visitors may beforehand or afterwards, where possible, attend a hearing or a plenary session according to the Court’s or the Assembly’s schedule respectively.
The Community’s working language is English while Kiswahili is the Lingua Franca.
- Wednesday to Friday: 1000 - 1230Hrs (for Individual visits); and,
- Wednesday to Friday: 1500 - 1700Hrs (for Group visits)
Please note that the Corporate Communications and Public Affairs Department will not organize any visits between 15th December and 10th January.
In addition to the dates stated above, refer to the list of official EAC Public Holidays during which visits shall not be organized.
How to apply
Group visit application forms MUST indicate the number of visitors in the group as well as the name and function of the person-in-charge.
Applications forms should submited least fourteen (14) working days in advance for groups and seven (7) working days in advance for individual visits.
The Corporate Communication and Public Affairs Department will confirm the date of your visit or propose another date, which you must confirm by return of email or fax. (If confirmation is not received within the allotted time, the visit will be cancelled). You will be sent the programme for your visit and final confirmation.
The Final Confirmation will also be used as your gate pass through the main entrance into the EAC Headquarters.
Minor changes to group numbers may be made up to three working days before the visit. Any such changes must be notified to the Department by email or fax.
Organising a visit requires a considerable effort on the part of the various Organs of the Community. In the event you are obliged to cancel your visit, you are kindly requested to inform the Corporate Communication and Public Affairs Department as early as possible.
A representative of the Corporate Communication and Public Affairs Department will meet you at the security desk of the Headquarters. On entering the EAC Headquarters, all visitors must go through a security check and present valid personal identification (either passport, identity card or driving license) to the security officer, who will be in possession of a list of visitors, before passing through an electronic gateway.
Visitors are asked to be punctual and to observe the visit schedule. Late arrival may lead to long delays or cancellation of all or part of the visit.
In the interest of security, visitors are allowed access to public areas of the building only, and the itinerary planned for the visit. We would ask visitors to stay in their group and to follow the instructions of their guide.
While in the premises of the EAC Headquarters, all visitors are required to respect the rules of behaviour and must observe the set Security Regulations.
As a reminder, students visiting the EAC headquarters are required to be in their Official School Uniform.
Public holidays observed by the EAC
1 January New Year’s Day
26 April Union Day, United Republic of Tanzania
1 July Independence Day, Republic of Burundi and Republic of Rwanda
9 July Independence Day, Republic of South Sudan
9 October Independence Day, Republic of Uganda
30 November EAC Day
12 December Jamuhuri (Independence) Day, Republic of Kenya
25 December Christmas Day
26 December Boxing Day
Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan)
Eid al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice)
* Note: Eid al-Fitr (end of Ramdhan) and Eid al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice) festivals are determined by local sightings of various phases of the moon and are, upon confirmation, declared public holidays in the EAC Partner States.
How to get to the EAC Headquarters
Visitors Main Entrance
Off Afrika Mashariki Road
Tel: +255 (0)27 216 2100
Arusha, United Republic of Tanzania