South Africa has relaxed its Visa laws for a number of countries including New Zealand, where in 2017 South Africa’s Department of Home Affairs applied visa restrictions to citizens of New Zealand.

New Zealand, among other countries, has now been added to SA’s list of visa-free countries. The changes were announced by Aaron Motsoaledi, Minister of Home Affairs, at the Budget Vote 2019.

The other countries include:

  • Qatar
  • United Arab Emirates
  • New Zealand
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Cuba
  • Ghana
  • Sao Tome and Principe

Motsoaledi also announced that Home Affairs would increase the number of staff working for the department by “two and a half times” to process visas in both China and India.

The news was welcomed by the South African tourism industry at the Satsa (Southern African Tourism Services Association) conference, which is currently being held at the Wild Coast Sun in Kwazulu Natal.

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