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Cape Verde Expands Visa Exemption

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As of 1 January 2019, the list of countries exempted from requiring a tourist visa to enter Cape Verde has been extended to include most European countries. Visitors travelling from countries belonging to the European Union (including the UK) plus ...

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Airline Security Staff Face Bribery Charges

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KEMPTON PARK, 2 January 2019 – The management of O. R. Tambo International Airport have been informed that disciplinary hearings will be held tomorrow (Thursday) for two security company employees filmed taking an alleged bribe at a passport verification checkpoint. ...

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Welcome Campaign to Improve Border Post Relations

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MUSINA, Limpopo, Beit Bridge Border Post, 13 December 2018 – South African Tourism (SA Tourism) will be rolling out its Welcome campaign during the busy festive season period to foster better engagement between South Africas’ border post officers and visitors passing ...

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Emirates Unveils World’s First Biometric Path

JOHANNESBURG, Southe Africa, 30 October 2018 – Emirates is gearing up to launch the world’s first “biometric path” which will offer its customers a smooth and truly seamless airport journey at the airline’s hub in Dubai International airport. Utilising the ...

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ASATA & SATSA Denounces Unabridged Birth Certificate Regs

JOHANNESBURG, 25 September 2018 – Both the Association of Southern African Travel Agents (ASATA) and the Southern Africa Tourism Services Association (SATSA) are disappointed and frustrated that South African minors will still be required to present Unabridged Birth Certificates when travelling. ...

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Cape Town Strengthens Ties With Angola

CAPE TOWN, 05 September 2018 – Following Visa exemptions and increased direct flights between Cape Town and Angola, the President of the recently  established Angola-South Africa Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CACIAAS), Victoriano Ferreira Nicolau met with Wesgro CEO Tim ...

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SA’s Visa & Birth Certificate Regulations Update

CAPE TOWN, 13 July 2018 – The controversial requirements of unabridged birth certificates for travellers visiting or departing from South Africa with their children may soon be amended. This latest development forms part of the Department of Home Affairs modernisation programme, which includes upgrades ...

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Vietnam Visa Guide for South African Citizens

A visa is a necessary authorization for a foreigner to enter or exit a country granted by that country. If you are a South African citizen or currently in this country and want to visit Vietnam, check out Vietnam visa ...

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Visiting Rwanda Has Never Been Easier

With online visa applications, getting to Rwanda has never been easier! All African passport holders do not require visas prior to travel, as they get visas on arrival. Several other countries have bilateral visa exemptions. The whole visa application experience ...

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No Emergency: Last-minute Travel Possible to Nigeria

Express visas for Nigeria are currently not available due to an internal audit being conducted at the Nigerian consulate, Flight Centre Business Travel has warned. Image: Channels TV Flight Centre Business Travel, the corporate division of Flight Centre Travel Group, SA’s ...

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Republic of Belarus Launches 5-day Visa-free Policy

The World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) has expressed its full support to a decision by the Government of Belarus to launch the 5-day visa-free policy that will be applicable to travellers from 80 countries. The measure aims to advance seamless travel and attracting ...

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Africa Tightens Business Visa Requirements

Some African countries are getting stricter in terms of their visa requirements. They often require not only a letter of invitation and an itinerary, but also proof of company registration, bank-account statements, tax-clearance certificates and a minimum bank balance. By Raylene ...

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Visas in Africa for African Travellers

Africa is increasingly moving towards achieving part of its African Union Agenda 2063, which envisions the abolishment of visa requirements for African citizens by 2018. By Josephine Wawira. The recent launch of the Pan-African Passport is a big milestone towards ...

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Tourism & Migration

Around the world, immigration and refugees are a hot topic. Europe is locked in a debate as to how to handle the millions of people who seek to migrate there. The US also has a similar debate running through its ...

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Another five SA visa centers to open in China

The Chinese government has approved an additional five South African visa centres in China, which will open during 2016, according to Bradley Brouwer, SA Tourism President: Asia Pacific. Brouwer said the visa centres will open in Shenyang, Xi’an, Wuhan, Jinan ...

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South African Immigration Regulations Update

Pretoria, South Africa, 12 August 2015: President Jacob Zuma has announced the establishment of an Inter-Ministerial Committee (“IMC”) to address the unintended consequences of the immigration regulations on various sectors, including tourism and investment. President Zuma made this announcement yesterday, ...

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Adventure Tourism Growth

The latest edition of UNWTO‘s ‘Global Report on Adventure Tourism’ cites Visa Facilitation as one of the most important areas to adventure tourism growth for destinations, writes Des Langkilde. In the foreword to Volume nine of the UNWTO’s ‘Global Report ...

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South African Tourism Sector in Crisis

The South African government’s ‘Unfriendly approach’ to the Visa regime is negatively impacting African and Overseas tourist arrivals to South Africa, and the tourism industry, reports Grant Thornton. South Africa’s Tourism sector is entering its first serious crisis stage as ...

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SATSA WC Contends SA Visa Regulations

28 May 2015. Following the Southern Africa Tourism Services Association (SATSA) Western Cape Chapter AGM meeting held yesterday, the SATSA WC Secretariat, Alushca Richie issued the following report: For months many of us have been waiting with baited breath for ...

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SA’s Visa Immigration Debacle Rages on

The visa requirement for unabridged birth certificates for minors entering South Africa is due to come into effect on 01 June 2015, and the Southern Africa Tourism Services Association (SATSA) is appealing to the inbound travel trade to unite and ...

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Governments Recognise Benefits of Visa Facilitation

Visa facilitation has experienced strong progress in recent years, particularly through the implementation of visa on arrival policies according to UNWTO’s Visa Openness Report. This largely reflects an increased awareness among policymakers of the positive impacts of visa facilitation on ...

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SA Tourism Minister Broaches Immigration Debacle

South Africa’s tourism minister Derek Hanekom has called for urgent discussions between his department and Home Affairs about the detrimental impact that the new immigration regulations might have on tourism. In the media statement posted below (presumably prompted in response ...

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Visa Limitations for South Africans

In the world of fast-paced, global travel, the last thing you want is visa hassles ruining your clients opportunity to take advantage of a special travel offer at short notice. In this article, Mwangi Githahu and Simon Lewis take an ...

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Government Tourism Scam

South Africa charges visitors USD70 for free tourist visa. By Prof. Dr. Wolfgang H.Thome. Kenyans started reacting sharply to news that they now have to pay a private contractor a massive 5,850 Kenya shillings (697.94 ZAR) for a visa to ...

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Tanzania Tourism From South Africa To Benefit On Three Fronts

South Africans travelling to Tanzania on holiday or business no longer require visas – and vice-versa. This significant move for cooperation between the two countries results from a bilateral country-to-country discussions and agreements. Serena Hotels, a premier hotel, lodges and ...

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