EU visas: Exemptions for SA travellers on the cards

Pretoria – Talks were ongoing regarding the relaxation or elimination of visa requirements for South Africans travelling to European Union (EU) member states, Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba announced on Tuesday.

Gigaba said he held discussions with the ambassador of the EU to South Africa Marcus Cornaro regarding this matter.

He told a media briefing in Pretoria that he wanted reciprocity from these member states, because South Africa had already given them visa exemption when travelling to the country.

“We took a decision last year in South Africa that frequent travellers to our country will be given a three-year multi-entry visa.

“This is because if somebody is a frequent visitor to the country and spends their money in South Africa, they have not breached our immigration laws.