Negotiations are being finalised to conclude visa waiver agreements for ordinary passport holders with the following countries, from respective regions:
- Africa: Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, Sao Tome & Principe, Tunisia, Saharawi-Arab Democratic Republic and Ghana.
- Middle East: Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, State of Palestine, Iran, Lebanon, Bahrain, Oman and Kuwait.
- Eastern Europe: Belarus and Georgia.
- Caribbean: Cuba
Foreign nationals travelling to South Africa will no longer be required to have unabridged birth certificates for their minor children upon arrival in South Africa, but it is strongly recommend that travellers carry this documentation. Immigrations officials will only insist on documentation by exception - in high risk situations - rather than for all travellers, in line with practice by several other countries. Rather than denying entry where documentation is absent, travellers will be given an opportunity to prove parental consent. While foreign nationals are exempted from presenting documentation, South African minors travelling abroad will still be required to prove consent or have a minor passport. [We recommend to better have the unabridged birth certificate on hand when travelling to South Africa!]
Simplification of visa requirements:
In a bid to simplify visa requirements for countries such as China and India, South Africa's Ministry of Home Affairs will by October 2018, implement measures to fast track the processing of visas. The measures will include taking biometrics on arrival in South Africa; allowing visa applications via courier and issuing five-year multiple entry visas.
Long-term multiple entry and BRICS visas:
South Africa will issue long-term multiple entry visas in order to further ease movement of travellers. The type of multiple long-term visas include:
- A three-year multiple entry visa for frequent trusted travellers to South Africa
- A 10-year long-term multiple entry visa for business people and academics from Africa
*an association of five major emerging national economies: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa