Procedures

Procedures for starting a business in Swaziland

Register a company in three simple steps!!!

The gazetted period for company registration in Swaziland is three (3) working days (on condition that all required documents are available)

1. Reserve the Name of the Company online and get the Reservation Number (RT) (Company Registration)

2. i) Download Standard Memorandum and Articles of Association and fill the objects of the company (three copies required) and sign and

   ii) Fill one (1) Declaration of Compliance and two (2) Collation Certificates

3. Provide Required Documents and pay statutory fee (E645) and stamp fees (3x E2 Stamps & 2 X E1 Stamps)

Collect your Company Registration Certificate from the Registrar of Companies's Office

               The Registrar of Companies

               Mhlambanyatsi Road

               Justice building 3rd floor

               P.O.Box 451

               Mbabane

               Phone: (+268) 2404 2372

               Fax: (+268) 2404 4711

Get your trading license simpler and quicker

The trading License is linked to premises where operations will be undertaken and is often applied for after a lease agreement has been obtained except for exempt business such as Mining which have a special license.

  • Download and fill Trading License Application Form
  • Upon obtaining a lease agreement for premises to operate in or acquiring a title deed for property, inform health inspectors to inspect for Occupational Safety and Health and issue a report within 48 Hrs.
  • Provide Required Documents for obtaining a Trading License and pay Newspaper Advertising Fee (E50) for local circulation .
              Collect your Trading License at the Licensing Department of the Ministry of Commerce Industry and Trade

           The Chief Licensing Officer

           Mhlambanyatsi Road, Interministerial Building

           Ministry of Commerce Industry and Trade

           P.O.Box 451, Mbabane

           Tel: (+268) 2404 3201/6

           Fax: (+268) 2404 4711

Obtaining a Work Permit in Swaziland

SIPA facilitates 5 year work permits for company Directors and 2 year work permits for employees. Investors are required to submit the following documents:

  1. Application Letter from Company, submitted to the “Chief Immigration Officer, Ministry of Home Affairs, P O Box 372, Mbabane”. SIPA will facilitate the application to the Immigration Department.
  2. Application Form. The work permit application form can be obtained from SIPA or from the Immigration Department.
  3. Medical Certificate. A copy of the medical certificate can be obtained from SIPA or from the Immigration Department.
  4. Police Clearance. An original copy has to be obtained from the country of birth and it must be less than six months old. If the Police Clearance is not available, the Immigration Department can only grant a maximum 6 months permit. After the six month period, the permit can be extended for a period of up to 24 months on submission of a Police Clearance from country of birth which must not be more than six months old.
  5. Two colored passport sized photos.
  6. Certified copy of passport.
  7. Form J. All companies must pay SZL70 at a Government Revenue Office to obtain a copy from the Registrar of Companies (Ministry of Justice, 3rd Floor).
  8. Form C. Existing companies must pay SZL20 at a Government Revenue Office to obtain a copy from the Registrar of Companies.
  9. Certificate of Incorporation. All companies must pay SZL75 at a Government Revenue Office to obtain an original certified copy from the Registrar of Companies.
  10. Memorandum and Articles of Association. If a company has a copy, SZL20 (If not SZL100) must be paid at a Government Revenue Office to obtain a copy from the Registrar of Companies.
  11. Lease Agreement.

Work Permit Fee Structure (Payable on approval)

TypeCost (SZL)
60 months 6,000
24 months 2,400
12 months 1,200
6 months 600

 

Specific Sector Procedures

  1. Procedures for obtaining a Mining License
    • Procedures for application and handling of applications for mining activities (PDF, 60 KB)
  2. Procedures for Electricity License and Fees
    • Application for Licence to Generate Electricity (Electricity Act No 3 of 2007) (PDF, 176 KB)
    • Application for Licence to Import Electricity In Terms (Electricity Act No 3 of 2007) (PDF, 23 KB)
    • Application for Licence to Export Electricity (Electricity Act No 3 of 2007) (PDF, 24 KB)
    • Application for Licence to Distribute Electricity (Electricity Act No 3 of 2007) (PDF, 210 KB)
    • Application for Licence to Transmit Electricity (Electricity Act No 3 of 2007) (PDF, 54 KB)
    • Swaziland Licence Fees Electricity Act (PDF, 168 KB)
  3. Procedures for Environment Compliance Certificate

 

Visa Application

Cost Structure
TypeCost (SZL)
3 Months Single Entry 80
3 Months Multiple Entry 300
6 Months Multiple Entry 700
9 Months Multiple Entry 1,000
12 Months Multiple Entry 1,300
Requirements
  • Application Letter from Company
    The company must, on the official company letterhead, write an application letter addressed to the “Chief Immigration Officer, Ministry of Home Affairs, P.O. Box 372, Mbabane” detailing the purpose of the visit, entry point, date of entry, and the duration of the stay. SIPA will write a supporting letter to the Immigration Department motivating the application.

  • Visa Application Form
    The application form can be obtained from SIPA or from the Immigration Department.

  • Applicant’s Passport
    The applicant’s passport must be submitted to SIPA to forward to the Immigration Department for stamping.