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South African tourism affected by strict birth certificate regulations

According to two surveys published by Travelstart, South African families traveling overseas are often still being turned away due to the strict birth certificate regulations set up by Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba in 2015.

The surveys compiled data collected from over 500 travellers, a number of travel agents, travel consultants and airline representatives.

It contained questions regarding how they are being affected by the legislation.

The legislation requires all travellers who are traveling with minors to produce an unabridged birth certificate for the minor, as well as a letter of parental consent if the child is not traveling with both parents, when arriving or departing in South Africa. Continue reading

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Home Affairs to improve efficiency

On Tuesday the 10th of April the Minister of Home Affairs, Malusi Gigaba directed his department to prepare a comprehensive report and strategy that will deal with managing long queues at Home Affairs branches across the country.

Home Affairs has been directed to improve efficiency

He said is this was a high priority and the department remained committed to delivering high quality services to citizens and other clients.

Gigaba maintained that he has been overwhelmed with calls from members of the public regarding their time spent at Home Affairs branches for documents such as smart ID cards, passports and certificates. Continue reading

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Visitors Visa for South Africa

Famous for Table Mountain, its beautiful beaches and award-winning winelands makes South Africa a popular tourist destination.

Travelling and entering into South Africa for tourists can be determined by whether you are from a visa exempt country or visa non-exempt country.

Travellers from visa exempt countries, such as most European and North American countries, do not need a visa for South Africa. Continue reading

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Opening of South Africa’s borders and moving toward a single currency

South Africa’s borders need to be open for people, particularly Africans, to move more freely and to promote business, President Cyril Ramaphosa said.

The President also repeated the need for a single currency in Africa. By companion the European Union had benefited from similar Developments.

“The easy movement of people across borders and countries should never be seen in a negative sense by us as South Africans”, Ramaphosa said on Wednesday the 21st of March, after a summit on the African Continental Free Trade Area, held in Kigali, Rwanda.

“There is a deep yearning in Rwanda and the region for this visa matter to be resolved, and we need to open up the borders of our country and allow people to move”, he said. Ramaphosa said that he had discussed this matter with Rwandan President Paul Kagame on Tuesday. Continue reading

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