Tourism industry welcomes news of relaxed visa and birth certificate travel requirements
The tourism industry can only benefit from the news that cabinet had approved recommendations that travel agents be allowed to make visa applications on behalf of clients and that the birth certificate requirement for travelling minors would no longer include the word “abridged”, says Cape Town Tourism CEO Enver Duminy.
Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom addressed the media at a Cabinet briefing on Friday morning, to comment on recommendations from the Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) tasked with reviewing South Africa’s immigration regulations. The IMC recommended that:
- Accredited travel agents be able to make visa applications on behalf of clients
- Foreign minors no longer be required to have an unabridged birth certificate in order to travel to and from South Africa
The news that a foreign national would no longer have to make a visa application to travel to South Africa in person and that although South African children would still be required to travel with an unabridged birth certificate, the wording would be changed to read “birth certificate containing parental details” is encouraging, especially since the regulations had presented a challenge to international travel to and from South Africa, Duminy said.
We welcome this news and wish to thank the Tourism Business Council of South Africa, David Frost of the South African Services Association and the Federated Hospitality Association of South Africa for their input. We look forward to the local tourism industry benefiting from these positive developments, Enver Duminy remarked.
“This is great news, just the kind of boost to our morale that we need as we enter the holiday season!” Enver Mally – Cape Town Tourism Chairman
“Tourism has a powerful economic impact, and we strongly support the removal of any hurdles that impede ease of travel to not only Cape Town, but South Africa. These recommendations can only bring about positive results for the industry.’’ – David Green, CEO V&A Waterfront
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