SA to grant 10-year multiple entry visa for African business travellers

2016-02-05 22:12 - Louzel Lombard
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Cape Town – The Minister of Home Affairs Malusi Gigaba on Friday, 29 January, approved the granting of 10-year multiple entry visas to frequent business and academic travellers from Africa. 

During the next three-month immediate phase which followed the Cabinet decision to amend the strict visa regulations for travel in and out of SA, the decision was made to grant frequent business and academic travellers multiple entry visitor’s visa for a period exceeding three months and up to three years. 

For business people and academics from Africa, the Multiple Entry Visitor’s Visa will be valid for 10 years. 

A 10-year visa waiver for business executives from BRICS’ countries is also available, since December 2014, allowing such executives to remain in the Republic for 30 days at a time. 

Director-General of the Department of Home Affairs, Mkuseli Apleni addressed media on Friday to relay the progress made since the announcement of the amendment programme outlined by the Inter Ministerial Committee (IMC) at the end of October last year.

At the briefing it was also announced that Chinese tour groups travelling to South Africa will no longer require a visa to South Africa, following an update by the department of home affairs and the department of tourism on the progress it has made on the implementation of Cabinet Concessions on SA's immigration regulations. 

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