Angola and Cape Verde to improve reciprocal process of issuing short and long stay visas

19 March 2012

The governments of Angola and Cape Verde Friday in the city of Praia announced their intention to set up a mechanism to improve the process of issuing short and long stay visas for citizens of both countries, according to Angolan news agency Angop.

The proposal is being assessed by technical groups from the police forces of both countries working on it since Thursday in Praia.

The director of Angola’s Immigration and Foreigner Service, Freitas Neto, said that the agreement included short stay visas (ordinary and tourist visas) for multiple entries or a continued stay of 90 days in each of the territories, as well as long term (working) visas with a minimum validity of three months and maximum of 36 months.

He noted that short stay visas would be used by citizens travelling to the other country as students, for medical treatment, market prospecting, and technical and scientific activities.

Working visas would be granted to workers hired by state, private or mixed companies.

The migration of citizens between the two countries is already considerable and Angolan airline Taag offers a weekly flight to Cape Verde that in the first three months of the year carried 800 Angolan citizens. (macauhub)