Visa waivers introduced for travellers from Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and New Zealand

On 15 August 2019, the Minister of Home Affairs, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, announced that travellers from Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and New Zealand no longer require visas to visit South Africa for holidays, conferencing and business meetings. To view this announcement you can click here.

Who is affected?

This will affect all citizens from Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and New Zealand travelling to South Africa for holidays, conferencing and business meetings.

Background

On 19 September 2018, the South African Government announced that several changes will be made to make it easier for tourists, business people and academia to travel to South Africa. More detail on this announcement is available in our South African Immigration Update published on 25 September 2018. This announcement made on 15 August 2019 is evidence of the Department of Home Affairs’ ongoing commitment to ensuring the growth of our tourism sector and all the benefits associated with same.

Impact

This will have a positive impact on travellers from Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and New Zealand in that they no longer have to go through the process to secure a visa prior to travel to South Africa for holidays, conferencing or business meetings.

How Santa Fe Relocation can assist

Santa Fe Relocation can support businesses who wish to employ foreign nationals in South Africa by assessing their eligibility to qualify for the required business/ work visas to ensure compliance with the South African Immigration Laws. We can also review current employees’ visas and if it is found that the correct work visa is not in place, we can assist with corrective measures to ensure compliance.

We can also keep your business updated on further developments in South African immigration matters and will advise on any changes requiring your attention.

Should you have any questions, please contact:

Terence Rover

Immigration Manager – Africa
Santa Fe Relocation
Johannesburg, South Africa
D: +27 (0) 10 442 8933
M: +27 (0) 72 279 9606
E: Terence.Rover@santaferelo.com

Paolo Longo

Regional Immigration Director – Middle East & Africa
Santa Fe Relocation
Johannesburg, South Africa
D: +27 (0) 10 595 2337
M: +27 (0) 83 677 7949
E: Paolo.longo@santaferelo.com

Soumeya Messadi

Head of Immigration – Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa
Santa Fe Relocation
Singapore
D: +65 6398 3520
M: +65 9169 6061
E-mail: Soumeya.messadi@santaferelo.com

 

To read more immigration updates, click here

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Santa Fe Relocation Services is a global mobility company specialising in managing and delivering high-quality relocation services worldwide. Our core competence is providing services that help corporations and their employees relocate and settle in a new country, assisting them with immigration, home and school searches, language and cultural training, property rentals, and domestic and international household goods shipments. We provide these services to a consistently high standard, locally and globally. A key strength is our ability to manage these services through our own operations around the world. Santa Fe Relocation Services is wholly owned by the Santa Fe Group, which is listed on NASDAQ in Copenhagen, Denmark. For more information, visit us at www.santaferelo.com

 

 

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