South Africa’s Department of Home Affairs has given Ghana, and six other contries a visa-free status.
The department announced that the other six countries as: Qatar, United Arab Emirates, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, Cuba, Sao Tome and Principe.
The minister said his office will immediately enter into discussions with the countries about how a visa-free regime will work, with “homework” still needing to be done for countries like China, India and Nigeria.
A department spokesperson said that the countries announced by the minister only apply to inbound visa, and that outbound visas need to be negotiated on a country-by-country basis.
According to the latest Henley Passport Index, South Africans can visit 99 countries around the globe visa-free. seven new countries can now visit South Africa visa-free.
South African Minister of Home Affairs, Aaron Motsoaledi, says they intend to boost tourism and create more jobs in South Africa with the visa-free policy.
“Tourism will soar if we relax visa requirements for entry into South Africa. We know that Tourism is very important for job creation.”
“Out of the 193 countries who are member states of the United Nations, the Department has granted visa-free status to 75 countries. Of these, 16 are in our continent and are SADC members and 59 are from all over the world”, he added