Good news for vis­i­tors as visa rules are re­laxed

The Sunday Independent - - METRO -

Min­is­ter of Home Af­fairs Malusi Gi­gaba’s an­nounce­ment this week to re­lax visa reg­u­la­tions will make travel far eas­ier for busi­ness and tourists, a se­nior in­dus­try of­fi­cial said on Thurs­day. Rishabh Tha­par, di­rec­tor at global hos­pi­tal­ity con­sul­tancy HVS Africa, said fast-track­ing on­line visa ap­pli­ca­tions was a wel­come, al­beit long over­due move. “These steps will most cer­tainly en­cour­age in­ter­na­tional vis­i­tors,” he said. Tha­par said many hol­i­days the world over were planned one to four weeks in ad­vance and long visa pro­cess­ing times of four to eight weeks of­ten de­terred trav­ellers.

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