South Africa is warming up to embracing a visa regime that will allow Africans who have valid visas of the US, the UK, or the Schengen area, to enjoy a visa waiver while coming into the country. The country has also lifted the regulation that required parents to present an unabridged birth certificate at the country's ports of entry while traveling with minors. The visa regime under consideration includes the introduction of an e-visa system, which at the moment has already been piloted for visitors from New Zealand. The aim is to double the tourist traffic into the country from the current 10 million record to over 20 million visits come 2030. Mr. Derek Honekam, South Africa's Minister of Tourism, said in a statement in the 2019 Travel Indaba held in Durban, South Africa when engaged by the media that having a valid visa of any of the listed countries, is an automatic visa to South Africa. The visa must be valid and the holder free of any offenses As long as the visa is still valid and the holder has not been blacklisted or marked as a prohibited immigrant, then such a person is welcome to South Africa. According to the minister, this move will make South Africa accessible to tourists, especially as some of the country's markets have potential in flourishing some of the African countries like Nigeria and Ghana. The visa reforms recognize some of the country's economic potential in countries like China, Nigeria, and India. The minister went on to say that South Africa has plans to conduct a review to determine which countries should be on its visa waiver list. At the moment, Ghanaians who have the Ghanaian Diplomatic Passport can enjoy South Africa's visa waiver. But as it is, the country's Tourism Minister has said that the review will be conducted to determine the countries that have a significant impact in tourism in South Africa and by then, they would also review why Ghana is on the visa waiver list. On xenophobia, the Minister said the government would tackle it by providing a solution to unemployment. Stay connected to www.visatime.com to get updates about visa news from Asia, Africa, US, Americas, Australia, Europe, and the Middle East! We will also assist you with the visa process for the chosen country.
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