Angola wants to simplify process of issuing tourist visas

26 October 2016

Angola has set up a working group to simplify the process of issuing tourist visas in order to increase the number of visitors to the country and generate more revenue, according to a Presidential Order.

The working group, coordinated by the Minister of the Interior, Ângelo da Veiga Tavares, includes, among others, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and of Hotels and Tourism, the directors of the departments of Foreign Intelligence, Intelligence and State Security and Migration and Foreigners, is expected to put forward a solution to the problem by December this year.

Currently foreign tourists need letters of invitation to allow them to obtain an entry visa to Angola.

In 2015, 53,000 tourists visited Angola. The government wants that figure to increase to 4.7 million by 2020.

The tourism sector in 2015 employed about 190,000 workers and it is expected that by 2020 this number could increase to 1 million.

Angola currently has about 180 hotel units of various sizes, totalling 8,000 beds, according to official figures. (macauhub)