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SAfrica says Zimbabweans welcome without visas

SAfrica says Zimbabweans welcome without visas

South Africa's immigration minister says Zimbabweans are welcome to enter the country without visas, a change expected to slow the flow of thousands of asylum seekers from the troubled northern neighbor.
Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula says Zimbabweans no longer need to apply and pay for visas before traveling to South Africa. Instead, they can apply for a free 90-day visitor's permit at the border.
She says Zimbabwe citizens can also apply to do casual work while in South Africa.
Mapisa-Nqakula appeared with her two Zimbabwean counterparts to make the announcement Monday.
South African officials believe many of the 8,000 or so Zimbabweans who apply daily for asylum status will now opt for the visitors permit.


Updated : 2021-03-07 19:43 GMT+08:00