South Africa Introduces New Visa Rules Starting Dec 1

South Africa has introduced some changes to its visa rules which will become effective this month, December 2018. The changes will likely affect tourism and procedures for immigration into the country.

This information was revealed by South Africa’s Department of Home Affairs in its recent publication of regulatory amendments regarding the 2002 Immigration Act. The government published this official notice on the 29th of November following the disgraceful exit of Malusi Gigaba, the former Minister of Home Affairs from office.

South Africa Introduces New Visa Rules Starting Dec 1

Gigaba’s tenure ended abruptly following heavy allegations of mismanagement, corruption, and constitutional violations. His tenure will always bear the stain of the complete birth certificate failure. The former rule that demanded that foreign minors travelling into or out of South Africa present an unabridged birth certificate has been changed.

The overturning of this rule, which could pass as the most significant visa rule changed recently is going to bring some calm as it has been a significant topic of controversy. A report released in 2016 by the DA revealed that the rule cost South Africa up to R7.5 billion as a result of blocked tourists who could not enter the country.

Other visa rules that were reviewed

1. Visa for spouses seeking entry into South Africa.

Here, visa application procedure for spouses who are either in permanent heterosexual or homosexual relationships has been reviewed and changed. These changes define the rights of these spouses as they enter South Africa.

2. Rules for those travelling with a child.

There have also been updates regarding children who are travelling into South Africa. Apart from the fact that such children no longer need to provide an unabridged birth certificate, there are some other points for parents, and guardians top take note of.

3. Rules for business, work, and corporate visas.

The new visa rules also cover foreigners who intend to open or invest in a business in South Africa. They are now, among others, required to provide their account information in detail. They are also to register with state institutions like the Unemployment Insurance Find and SARS.

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