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SOUTH AFRICA + ANGOLA – New Reciprocal Visa Waiver

Effective 1 December 2017, the Department of Home Affairs (DHS) of South Africa will implement a reciprocal visa waiver for Angolan passport holders for visits of up to 30 days per visit, up to 90 days per year.

Angolan passport holders will no longer require Port of Entry Visas in advance of travel to South Africa for the purposes of general business, tourism or family visits and may be issued with a Visitor’s Visa at the Port of Entry upon arrival in South Africa, valid for up to 30 days per visit.

Equally, South African passport holders will no longer require visas to enter Angola for the same purposes and period of stay.

The visa waiver does not include any form of work, study or self-employment. Angolan nationals who are required to conduct short-term work in South Africa are still required to apply for a Port of Entry Visa with authorisation to conduct work in terms of Section 11(2) of the Immigration Act at the appointed VFS Visa Application Centres of the South African Embassy in Angola. In the case of Angolan nationals resident abroad, they may apply at the relevant South African Diplomatic Mission with jurisdiction over their country of ordinary residence (including long-term temporary and permanent residence).

Action Items

  • Nationals of Angola or South Africa intending to visit the other country for business should check with an immigration specialist to confirm whether their intended activities qualify for this visa waiver.

This alert was drafted using information provided by J Fetting Inc.

DISCLAIMER: The information contained in this immigration alert has been abridged from laws, court decisions, and administrative rulings and should not be construed or relied upon as legal advice. If you have specific questions regarding the applicability of this information, please contact Peregrine © 2017 Peregrine Immigration Management Ltd.