The South African government is set to grant visa waiver agreements to a list of countries, which will allow travellers from those countries to enter their country without a visa. Sadly, Nigeria is not among the selected countries.
This is in a bid to boost investment and tourism in South Africa. The Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba gave the announcement on Tuesday that changes in some immigration rules included agreeing to waiver visa agreements with more countries.
The changes are reportedly part of a broader economic turnaround programme announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa last week as his team seeks to drag Africa’s most developed economy out of recession.
“We play a critical economic role in admitting over 10 million international visitors to South Africa annually, which includes tourists, business travelers, investors and neighbours,” Gigaba told reporters.
The countries that would be granted visa waivers include Algeria, Egypt, India, China, Morocco, Ghana, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Iran, Lebanon, the State of Palestine, Belarus, Georgia and Cuba. These countries join the UK, US, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Australia, Brazil and Canada whose citizens already have South African visa waiver agreements.