Noth­ing new on no-visa front

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS -

I WAS sur­prised to see the ar­ti­cle “UK cuts SA trav­ellers some slack on visas” (The Star, Novem­ber 12).

This has def­i­nitely ap­plied at least for the past four years.

I have trav­elled to Toronto in Canada ev­ery year dur­ing this pe­riod and have not once needed a visa, even to leave the air­port to use day rooms at ho­tels in Bath Road, which is near Heathrow, the Arora, Sheri­dan and oth­ers.

All I did at im­mi­gra­tion was show my board­ing pass for the on­ward flight to Canada. The same ap­plied on my re­turn trips. Once, the im­mi­gra­tion of­fi­cer raised the ques­tion of a visa and I showed him a copy of Home Of­fice reg­u­la­tions, which state very clearly that if you are from South Africa and have an on­ward flight to North Amer­ica, you can stay in the UK for up to 24 hours with­out re­quir­ing a visa of any sort.

On another oc­ca­sion a su­per­vi­sor was pass­ing and re­marked: “Oh, I see you have another one of those South Africans.”

Good­ness knows why the Bri­tish High Com­mis­sion of­fi­cials think this is some­thing new.

Neville Woud­berg


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