- The Southern African Tourism Services Association says Minister Malusi Gigaba's new visa regulations are confusing
- Gigaba's changes are meant to make the visa process much easier
- The changes are aimed to enhance the tourism sector's income
Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba announced new visa regulations for people visiting SA but they are confusing.
At least, that's what SATSA (The Southern African Tourism Services Association) is saying.
Gigaba's aim is to make it easier for tourist to visit South Africa to better the income gained from tourism.
People visiting SA with children will only be asked for full documentation in certain cases, not all.
However, the Tourism Business Council of South Africa agrees wits SATSA that the new regulations are only complicating matters.
The regulation will require foreign kids to carry documents and this could result in fewer visits, according to a report by The Citizen.
However, the British Chamber of Business in SA feels that the regulations are fair.
A new e-visa is also in development mode and will be tested in New Zealand in 2019.
Another new change makes it easier for visitors from China and India. The will be eligible for 10-year multiple-entry visas.
3-year multiple-entry visas will be given to frequent visitors as well, to make it easier for them.
Foreigners who studied in SA could also soon be granted a critical skills visa or permanent residence.
Not all visa laws will be changed. Adults travelling outside SA with a minor still need proof of parental consent.
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