SA Visa Regulations About To Change Again
Joined: 19 Aug 2013
Location: Cape Town
Topic: SA Visa Regulations About To Change Again
Posted: 19 Nov 2015 at 8:00am
South Africa quite suddenly introduced the new Immigration Act last year after a very short public hearing phase. Now, more than a year later its clear: Industry and immigration experts should have been involved in the first place to point out concerns before implementing the law. A comparison between June 2014 and June 2015 showed that, with the exception of France, the number of tourists decreased for all the other nine leading overseas countries. China had the largest decrease of 28.4% – from 5 823 tourists in June 2014 to 4 167 in June (SouthAfrica.info).
But luckily its not all gloom and doom. There is in fact talk about relaxing some of the immigration laws especially the ones directly impacting on South Africa’s tourism industry. The announcement was made jointly on Friday, 23 October by the Tourism Ministry and Jeff Radebe, minister in the Presidency for planning, monitoring and evaluation.
Here are the expected changes:
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