Discussions are on its way to ease up or eliminate the visa requirements for South African nationals visiting EU (European Union) associated states. This was announced on 27 September by Malusi Gigaba, South African Home Affairs Minister.
The discussions are held between Gigaba with Marcus Cornaro, the ambassador of the EU to South Africa. As the nationals of EU are allowed to travel visa-free in South Africa, the EU should also allow the same relaxation to us. This was stated by Gigaba to media in Pretoria.
The frequent flyers to Rainbow nation will be granted 3-year multiple visas were decided in 2015; as stated by Gigaba to iol.co.za. This decision was taken as foreign national were a better-earning source and they didn’t violate any law during their travel to South Africa.
Gigaba said, “Because the foreign nationals never overstayed in my country. So, they are eligible for the incentives and benefits for being responsible travelers. Such positive contribution should be rewarded positively. Similar expectations are there from EU”.
Apart from the above, discussions were also held on the points that EU should give more relaxations to nationals of South Africa to work and reside for certain period in EU.
But the major focus was to get complete visa waiver from EU. If a complete waiver is provided then it will help a more free movement of South Africans to EU. Moreover, doors of opportunity will be wide and more.
According to Cornaro, it was his responsibility to see the guidelines of the contract come into effect. The relevant information will also be passed to EU member states.
Students, diplomats and officials would be given first preference for visa exemption. By the end of this year, the visa exemption will be approved for students, diplomats and officials. For the rest of the country, it will be obtained by March 2017.