To boost Tourism and Investment, South Africa relaxes Visa rules

Posted on September 26, 2018

Previously, if anyone were planning to travel to South Africa, they were required to handle the gigantic load of paperwork and they were also required to visit numerous times to government institutions. However, now the South Africa visit visa processes have been relaxed to a great extent.

On Tuesday, Malusi Gigaba, Home Affairs minister stated that for more then 12 nations agreement was made for visa waiver altogether.  This move was taken to boost both investment and tourism.

Malusi Gigaba added, our nation, admits more than 10 million foreign visitors each year and they include business travelers, tourists, investors as well as neighbors. The economic activity generated by these travelers help in sustaining millions of jobs, thus it supports people of South Africa to stay in work and advance.

Visitors from China as well as India will now experience travel regulations relaxed from next month onwards, that’s not all; they will be allowed to apply for 5-year multiple entry visas. The above changes are part of broader economic turnaround programme, which was announced last week by Cyril Ramaphosa President of South Africa.  He further added his team desires to drag Africa’s most developed economy out of recession.

Much-criticized rules on traveling minors would also be simplified.

In the year 2015, in the month of June new rules were implemented requiring parents to carry an unabridged birth certificate in case children are accompanied and also consent letter from parents in case the parents are not traveling.

The tourism industry stated that regulations, which came into effect during the Gigaba’s previous tenure as home affairs minister, were hurting business.

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