New Zealand introduces visas for SA passports

New Zealand has introduced visa requirements for South Africans. The move overturns a 20-year agreement to visit freely for a period not exceeding thr...

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New Zealand has introduced visa requirements for South Africans. The move overturns a 20-year agreement to visit freely for a period not exceeding three months.

New Zealand announced this in September and it was implemented in November.

In 1996 New Zealand agreed to allow South Africans to visit the country without a visa. South Africa offered the same but now New Zealand says South Africans are overstaying their welcome.

It claims that they visit friends and relatives and use passports fraudulently obtained hence the need to impose the visa requirement.

South Africa has reciprocated.“South Africa has for some- time now adopted a policy which is based on the principle of reciprocity. therefore in view of the aforementioned, a decision was taken to reciprocate,” said minister of Home Affairs, Malusi Gigaba.

“I have decided to implement visa requirements for New Zealand passport holders only with effect from 16 January 2017. New Zealand diplomatic officials and ordinary passport holders who arrive at a South African port of entry on or after 16 January 2017 and who are not in possession of a visa for the intended purpose and duration of stay will not be allowed entry into South Africa.”

Meanwhile Gigaba met Johannesburg Executive Mayor Herman Mashaba. It follows Mashaba’s remarks that undocumented migrants have hijacked buildings in Johannesburg.

Mashaba says the more than 115 000 migrants are living in unhealthy conditions and are compromising law and order. However Gigaba took a different view.

He appealed to South Africans to be sympathetic to the plight of migrants.

Source: SABC News – New Zealand introduces visas for SA passports:Tuesday 13 December 2016

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