Univisa re­launched for Zim­babwe and Zam­bia

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the KAZA univisa for Zam­bia and Zim­babwe was re­launched at an event at the David Liv­ing­stone Sa­fari Lodge on De­cem­ber 21, 2016. The visa aims to pro­mote tourism and fa­cil­i­tate free, easy move­ment of tourists across the coun­tries’ bor­ders. The univisa was first launched in a pi­lot pro­gramme be­tween Novem­ber 2014 and De­cem­ber 2015 with more than 47 000 visi­tors ben­e­fit­ting from the ar­range­ment dur­ing the pe­riod.

The univisa costs $50 and is valid for up to 30 days as long as visi­tors re­main within Zam­bia and Zim­babwe. It also cov­ers those, who visit Botswana for day trips through the Kazun­gula bor­ders. The univisa is avail­able on ar­rival at Harry Mwaanga Nkum­bula In­ter­na­tional Air­port, Vic­to­ria Falls Land Bor­der in Liv­ing­stone, Kazun­gula Land Bor­der, Ken­neth Kaunda In­ter­na­tional Air­port, Vic­to­ria Falls In­ter­na­tional Air­port, and Harare In­ter­na­tional Air­port. Elec­tronic ap­pli­ca­tions may be ac­cepted at a later date. Cit­i­zens of 40 coun­tries (those who are el­i­gi­ble to re­ceive visas on ar­rival in both Zam­bia and Zim­babwe) are el­i­gi­ble.

“The orig­i­nal trial year was a ma­jor suc­cess and was em­braced and sup­ported by travel agents and tour op­er­a­tors across the world,” said Ross Kennedy, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive of Africa Al­bida Tourism. Kennedy said the new visa regime was an early step in ex­plor­ing and de­vel­op­ing the Ka­vango-Zam­bezi (Kaza) Trans­fron­tier Con­ser­va­tion Area as a tourism zone, with Vic­to­ria Falls as its hub.

It is an­tic­i­pated that the KAZA univisa will be ex­tended to An­gola, Botswana and Namibia in fu­ture; how­ever, Botswana’s Min­is­ter of En­vi­ron­ment, Wildlife and Tourism, Tshekedi Khama, has pre­vi­ously said that Botswana was not keen to par­tic­i­pate in the pro­gramme.

Zim­babwe and Zam­bia re­launched their Kaza uni-visa at a daz­zling cer­e­mony hosted by the Min­is­ters of Home Af­fairs from both coun­tries in Liv­ing­stone.

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