Good news for visitors as visa rules are relaxed
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.