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Pack Your Bags And Grab Your Passports – We’re Going To Visa Free South Africa!!

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South Africa will now stop requiring a visa from Ghanaians who want to visit the country.

This is because the South African Government has officially added Ghana to the list of its visa-free countries.

This comes just weeks after Jamaica also announced it is scrapping visa requirements on Ghanaians wishing to visit the country.

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The South Africa visa waiver announcement was captured on its Home Affairs Twitter handle.

Other countries that were added to the list of visa-free countries include Qatar,  United Arab Emirates, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, Cuba and Sao Tome and Principe.

A separate statement from the Home Affairs Minister, Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi said: “Out of the 193 countries who are member states of the United Nations, the Department has granted visa-free status to 75 countries.”

He said, out of the number “16 are in our [African] continent and are SADC members and 59 are from all over the world.”

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He went on further to announce seven countries that have been added to the visa-free list which included Ghana.

“We will immediately enter into discussions with them about how a visa-free regime will work. We still have some homework to do for 3 countries whose combined populations make up close to 30% of the world’s population i.e. China, India and Nigeria,” the statement added.

Below is the full speech read by the Home Affairs Minister with regards to the visa-free waiver:

While Home Affairs Department core mandate is issuing identification, we also contribute significantly to economic growth.

We do this by making life easier for our sister Departments such as Tourism to boost their tourism figures.  Tourism will soar if we relax visa requirements for entry into South Africa.  We know that Tourism is very important for job creation.

Out of the 193 countries who are member states of the United Nations, the Department has granted visa-free status to 75 countries.  Of these 16 are in our continent and are SADC members and 59 are from all over the world.

Today, we wish to announce an addition to our visa-free countries

These are:

Qatar

United Arab Emirates

New Zealand

Saudi Arabia

Cuba

Ghana

Sao Tome and Principe

We will immediately enter into discussions with them about how a  visa-free regime will work.  We still have some homework to do for 3 countries whose combined populations make up close to 30% of the world’s population i.e. China, India and Nigeria.

While we are busy tackling the matter of the three countries.  For now, we shall this financial year, increase 2½ times the number of people who work for Home Affairs to process visas in both China and India.  We shall increase 2 times the number of people who process visas to our country in Nigeria.

Source: Citinewsroom

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