Gov eases travel to SA for new visa-free countries
11 Jul 2019 - by Tourism Update
South Africa has scrapped visa requirements for various countries, including New Zealand.
In 2017, in what was considered a tit-for-tat move, South Africa's Department of Home Affairs applied visa restrictions to citizens of New Zealand. Operators at the time raised concerns that this would mean a significant drop in visitors.
These concerns were founded when Stats SA's arrival numbers showed that between 2017 and 2018 visitor numbers from New Zealand dropped by 11%. The trend continued into 2019.
New Zealand, among other countries, has now been added to SA's list of visa-free countries. The changes were announced by Aaron Motsoaledi, Minister of Home Affairs, at the Budget Vote 2019.
The other countries include:
- United Arab Emirates
- New Zealand
- Saudi Arabia
- Sao Tome and Principe
Motsoaledi also announced that Home Affairs would increase the number of staff working for the department by "two and a half times" to process visas in both China and India.