WATCH: New visa policy announced

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PRETORIA - Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba announced relaxed visa regulations, although they will not be effective immediately.

President Cyril Ramaphosa approved the visa changes last week in a bid to boost tourism and make business travel easier.

The reforms include regulations around minors travelling to South Africa.

READ: Gigaba: Tough visa requirements will decrease child trafficking

The key changes will be that rather than requiring all foreign national travelling minors to carry documentation proving parental consent for the travelling minor to travel, travellers will now be advised that it is only “strongly recommend” that they carry this documentation.

The documentation will only be required though in exceptional circumstances and “high-risk situations.”

In 2015, visa requirements for minors were introduced to curb child trafficking.

They're said to have cost the economy around R7.5-billion as some tourists simply stayed away.

The tourism sector has been hit hard in the first half of 2018.

Other visa amendments announced on Tuesday include relaxed visa application processes for residents of the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) and a review of the South African critical skills list.


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