Border between Mozambique and South Africa open 24 hours a day from mid 2016

26 October 2015

The governments of Mozambique and South Africa are working to allow the Ressano Garcia border to be open 24 hours per day to further facilitate the movement of people and goods in what is the main and busiest border crossing between the two countries, Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias reported.

The decision was made by the Presidents of the two countries during a State visit by the President of Mozambique, Filipe Nyusi last week to South Africa at the invitation of his counterpart, Jacob Zuma.

At the first meeting of the Binational Commission held in Pretoria, it was agreed that following conclusion of the bureaucratic part of changing the validity of the entry visa exemption for citizens of both countries, in force since the 2005 agreement, from 30 to 90 days.

The new measures, announced at a meeting of President Nyusi with the Mozambican community in South Africa, should come into force from June next year.

About 400,000 Mozambicans live in South Africa, of which about 40,000 work in the country’s mines and the remainder in other sectors such as agriculture. (macauhub/MO)