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Home Affairs Implements Visa Waivers

August 16, 2019

Department of Home Affairs

16 August 2019

Travelers from Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and New Zealand will no longer need visas to visit South Africa for holidays and business meetings.

The home affairs department confirmed this in a statement on the implementation of visa waivers.

According to the department, visa waivers for Ghana, Cuba and Principe and Sao Tome will be implemented following the conclusion of negotiations with the respective countries by the end of August 2019.

The home affairs minister, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, confirmed that the decision to do away with visa requirements for Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and New Zealand was taken unilaterally.

Government was engaging the four countries to “see how they can relax entry requirements for our citizens”.

The minister indicated that the department had an important role to play in growing tourism and it was “constantly reviewing our operations to ensure that we relax entry requirements without compromising our responsibility towards the safety and security of our citizens.”