Newsletter- Angola signs visa waiver with South Africa and Mozambique
Citizens of South Africa and Mozambique are now able to travel to the Angola without a visa and it is reciprocated. They will be allowed to travel for 90 days per annum, provided that each visit does not exceed 30 days per visit. The implementation of visa waiver between the Angola, South Africa and Mozambique, is set to commence today and the agreement was to commence the visa waiver in the “shortest period of time possible”
This is a welcome move, as most of the SADC (Southern African Development Community) Countries have always had a visa waiver programme, which allowed relatively free travel between the SADC countries. SADC has long urged its members to sign visa waiver agreements to ease the movement of citizens between the member states, but Angola has dragged its feet. Mozambique already has visa waiver agreements with most other SADC members, including South Africa, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania and Mauritius.
Angolan president Joao Lourenco visited South Africa and then Mozambique for a state visit aimed at bolstering cooperation between the respective countries. The visit is seen by political watchers as part of efforts by Lourenco to break away from the rather muted diplomacy of his predecessor Jose Eduardo dos Santos
The Angolan visa process is rather complex and requires so many documents whether it is for business or tourist purposes. It is anticipated that this will have a positive effect on business and leisure tourism and potentially open the door for future trade and foreign investment for all 3 countries.
Angola’s national airline, TAAG, currently has 3 flights a week from Cape Town to Luanda and the service is set to increase to daily flights from the 1st of December – 15th of January 2018. Angola is also one of the largest trading partners of the Western Cape province of South Africa. They are also looking at increasing flights between Mozambique and Angola.
The visa will only be available for Tourism or business meetings and conferences. It is not for working purposes as Angola is fairly strict in this aspect.
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