SA to extend 10-year multiple-entry visa access to 'several countries'

2018-10-24 15:08 -
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SA's new Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has echoed the ambitious plans initially announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa to kick-start the economy and boost investment, saying eased visa restrictions will play a key role. 

In Mboweni's mini-budget announcement he said visa requirements will be eased to boost tourism.

"We will make it easier for people with skills to work in South Africa. Ten-year multiple-entry visas will be extended to several countries."  

Earlier in September, President Cyril Ramaphosa's statement on the Economic Stimulus and Recovery Plan detailed the much-anticipated revamp of SA's visa regime.

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It focused on amendments to visa regulations for countries such as India and China to ease movement of leisure and business travellers. 

It also highlighted changes to requirements for minors travelling to South Africa, the list of countries requiring visas to enter South Africa, an e-visas pilot that will be implemented, as well as the visa requirements for highly skilled foreigners.

Negotiations were being finalised to conclude Visa Waiver Agreements for ordinary passport holder for countries like Algeria, Egypt, Saudi Arabia State of Palestine and Cuba. 

While visa-free travel exists for ordinary passport holders of 15 SADC countries - citizens of the Democratic Republic of Congo are still required to apply for a visa, with eased travel requirements also being considered for them. Gigaba confirmed eased travel restrictions are also being looked at for Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana and Uganda.   

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"These measures have the potential to boost tourism and make business travel a lot more conducive. Tourism continues to be a great job creator and through these measures we are confident that many more tourists will visit South Africa," Ramaphosa stated in his address at the time. 

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