Have you been thinking about a trip to South Africa for quite sometime but you are too concerned about the long visa process? Well then, I have got some interesting news for you. In attempt to promote the tourism sector in Mzansi, the country is finalizing a number of visa waiver agreements with other countries, allowing travelers to enter South Africa without a visa.
Citizens from countries which will no longer require a visa to travel to South Africa include; Ghana, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Algeria, Morocco, Qatar, Iran, Lebanon, the State of Palestine, Belarus, Georgia and Cuba.
This announcement was made by the Minister of Home Affairs, Malusi Gigaba on Tuesday in Pretoria. Nationals from Germany, UK, US, France, the Netherlands, Australia, Brazil and Canada already have visa waiver agreements.
“We have implemented a visa waiver for all citizens of the Russian Federation and Angola, on 1 April 2017 and 1 December 2017, respectively, to travel to SA without having to apply for a visa,” Gigaba said.
“Easing movement in this manner will help in attracting larger number of tourists, business people and families.”
Business people from China and India will also be issued with a 10-year multiple entry visa, given within days of application.
“They do not need to apply in person and can use courier services. This arrangement is meant to attract business people and prospective investors.”
Gigaba also revealed that the development of the e-Visa is at an advanced stage and will be piloted in New Zealand by April 2019.