South Africa working towards Visa Free Africa

South Africa working towards Visa Free Africa

According to the latest news reports, massive changes to the South African visa system could be on the cards and may soon see nationals from other African countries entering the country without acquiring a visa.

In what is likely to be called the “trusted travellers program” the South African Department of Home Affairs is working towards allowing certain regular travellers such as academics, diplomats, business people and students from all over Africa to enter the country without the need to hold a visa.

“South Africa fully supports the vision of an Africa where its citizens can move more freely across national borders, where intra-Africa trade is encouraged and there are greater integration and development of the African continent, stated,” said African Union President Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma launching the African Passport last year.

In March, Home Affairs also confirmed that “visa-free travel for South Africans to the EU” was still in the works. Former Home Affairs Minister, Malusi Gigaba started in September last year that the European Union were considering relaxing or eliminating visa requirements for South African nationals.

In short, if this new White Paper is approved:

• African citizens, deemed as trusted travellers, will be able to enter South Africa visa-free where there are reciprocal agreements
• Trusted travellers will be allowed visa-free entry into the Republic for up to 90 days at a time
• Visas will only be needed when there are risks of foreign nationals overstaying the terms of entry into the country.
• Travellers who may pose or facilitate security risks like organised crime, terrorism and political instability, civil registration risks will also still have to obtain a visa before entry into the country will be allowed – if at all.
• Nationals from countries “with a high number of nationals who abuse the asylum system” will also have to obtain a visa

The South African Minister of Home Affairs, Hlengiwe Mkhize, is expected to announce details on the new immigration dispensation during her budget speech this Wednesday.

Facebook Comments

About author

Nigerians in South Africa
Nigerians in South Africa 1936 posts

We are about democracy, human rights, public opinion, political behavior, civil rights and policy aimed at improving the human condition, with a focus on African countries.

You might also like

AYO SOLANKE “THE JOURNEY STILL” LIVE DVD RECORDING AT JOBURG THEATRE ON JULY 1ST

Ayo Solanke announces live recording –  The Journey Still Live Johannesburg, South Africa, July 1, 2017 – It is the beautiful winter season, but one of the nations top saxophonist,

Politics 0 Comments

CITY OF JOBURG RETURNS 28 HIJACKED BUILDINGS TO OWNERS

City of Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba says he is pleased that another hijacked building in the city has been handed over to its rightful owner, bringing the total of returned

Community 0 Comments

25-year-old to get 20 lashes for stealing she-goat

A Sharia Court in Minna, Niger State, Nigeria on Monday ordered a 25-year-old man, Abubakar Sani, to be given 20 strokes of the cane for stealing a she-goat. The presiding

0 Comments

No Comments Yet!

You can be first to comment this post!

Leave a Reply