Angola simplifies process of granting tourism visas

Tourists intending to visit Angola are no longer obliged to present an invitation letter, a move that brings an end to a situation that has led to huge embarrassment for people who want to visit the country, weekly newspaper Expansão reported, citing a presidential order.

The weekly also wrote that nationals from 61 countries will, as of 30 March, have facilitated entry into Angola, provided they remain in the country for up to 30 days per entry and 90 days per year, while five others will benefit from visa exemption, joining South Africa, Mozambique and Namibia.

The measure, according to the newspaper, “meets one of the guidelines of the Support Programme for Production, Diversification of Exports and Import Substitution, with a view to creating a tourism group in Angola and improving the business environment.”

The presidential order stipulates that four African countries (Botswana, Mauritius, Seychelles and Zimbabwe) and one Asian country (Singapore) are exempt from tourist visas, and the remaining 61 countries will benefit, as of 30 March, from the procedure for the simplification of administrative requirements for granting a tourist visa.

As well as shortening the list of required documents, the order stipulates that the Angolan diplomatic and consular missions will adopt a simplified and less bureaucratic service so that tourist visas can be granted within three days. This is currently only possible in emergency situations and doubles the cost of the visa.

Algeria, Cabo Verde (Cape Verde), Madagascar, Malawi, Morocco, Lesotho, Sao Tome and Principe, Swaziland and Zambia are countries that have benefited from simplification processes and in Europe, in addition to the 28 countries that make up the European Union, Northern Ireland, Iceland, Monaco, Norway, United Kingdom, Russia, Switzerland and Vatican City are included in the presidential order.

Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Cuba, United States, Uruguay and Venezuela are the American countries covered by the visa simplification process and in Asia the order specifies China, South Korea, the United Arab Emirates, India, Indonesia, Israel and Japan, with Australia, New Zealand and Timor-Leste covered in Oceania. (macauhub)