Single visa to help promote tourism in South African countries

January 24, 2015
Easy access to travel within South African regions with single visa

The South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) is of the view that a single visa or a univisa for all the countries in the Southern African Development Community (Sadc) would be helpful in promoting tourism in this region. This step would help assist the progress of smooth access and travel to both local and international tourists, particularly within trans-frontier conservation areas and boost a yearly growth by around 3-5 percent.

Some studies of international repute have featured the thwarting effect that impacts tourism due to inconvenient visa processing. The single visa would give a fillip to intra-regional trade because of frequent business travels. The tourism industry is known to create lots of direct and indirect jobs in South Africa, thus making it an important growth sector in this region.

The Sadc agreement for tourism development was signed in 1998 which provides for a univisa for 15 of its member nations. Mayihlome Tshwete, home affairs spokesman said that talks related to this project between the Sadc states were still on. 

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