South Africa’s Department of Home Affairs has announced the addition of seven countries to its list of visa-free list.
South Africa made an announcement in September 2018 that it was working on a good number of plans to waive visa for some countries, and has recently come out with a list granting Ghana, Sao Tome, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. New Zealand and the sole South Pacific nation excluding Nigeria, permit to enter the country without visa, despite the big trade transactions between the two countries, The Nation reports.
According to the minister of Home Affairs, Aaron Motsoaledi, citizens of the countries are able to come into South Africa freely. “Tourism will soar if we relax visa requirements for entry into South Africa. We know that Tourism is very important for job creation,” he said.
Meanwhile, following the rising killings of foreign citizens in South Africa and the most recent killing of a Nigerian, Elizabeth Ndubuisi-Chukwu, the Nigerian Senate called on the executive arm to issue a travel alert to Nigerians who intend to go to South Africa.
The Senate reached this decision following a motion presented by Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe.