Mozambique, SA scrap visas

27 December 2005

Maputo, Mozambique, Dec 27 – Mozambique and South Africa have decided to abolish visa requirements for visitors from one country to the other, officials said Tuesday.

The move by Maputo and Pretoria came into force during the Christmas holiday period to allow more people to cross between the neighboring states. Mozambique has thousands of migrant workers in South Africa.

Pretoria introduced restrictions in 2002, with visa stamps costing 430 rands, in an attempt to combat illegal immigration from its northern neighbor.

Officials in the Maputo Foreign Ministry said the new and less restrictive visa system with South Africa would come into force within a month. (macauhub)