Africans visiting South Africa will now enjoy an extended 90-day stay, as opposed to the usual 30 days, APA learned in Mbabane on Monday.The extension comes after a review of visa-free visits, which will now be up to three months and also reserved specifically for students, diplomats, officials and businesspeople, according to a statement by the South African (SA) Department of Home Affairs.
Another benefit from the review of visa-free visits is the recognition of visas for third parties, as well as agreed standards on immigration and border management.
“African citizens can enter South Africa visa-free where there are reciprocal agreements. Visas will only be needed when there are risks of foreign nationals over-staying, security risks like organized crime, terrorism and political instability, civil registration risks like fraud,” according to the new policy.
SA is doing this as a step toward attaining the African Union (AU) Agenda 2063, which calls for the scrapping of visa requirements for all African citizens.