South Africa: SADC countries to have single visa

28 March 2008

Nelspruit, South Africa, 28 March – The member countries of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) have agreed to speed up the process leading to the introduction of a single visa system, Univisa, for travellers to the region, a ministerial official said in Nelspruit, Thursday.

Moses Rannditsheni, spokesman for the South African ministry for the Environment and Tourism, said that the agreement had been reached last week in Luanda, during the inter-ministerial conference for the SADC.

Rannditsheni also said that the introduction of the single visa would make it easier for goods and people to travel within the region and have a positive impact on the tourist revenues of all member-countries, working in a similar way to the European Schenghen system.

The SADC is made up of 14 countries, Angola, Botswana, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. (macauhub)