New Zealand Visa Changes: The First of Many New Restrictions for SA Immigration?

Cape Town – The recent announcement of the changes to New Zealand’s visa regulations for travelling to South Africa may not be the last change SA’s Department of Home Affairs will be making to SA’s relatively open immigration policy.

SA’s Minister of Home Affairs, Malusi Gigaba, on Tuesday, 13 December 2016, announced that travellers from New Zealand will have to obtain a visa to enter South Africa.

The announcement came after New Zealand, in October this year, announced new regulations requiring South African travellers to purchase a visa before entering.

“Reciprocity is a national principle,” Gigaba said on Tuesday. “Therefore, in view of the aforementioned, a decision was taken to reciprocate by withdrawing the visa exemption which New Zealand passport holders enjoy,” he said.