Visa Regulations News

Minister Gigaba

When Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba delivered his statements on “easing” of visa requirements and “simplifying” Unabridged Birth Certificates (UBC) regulations for foreign minors, he could not have anticipated the backlash he received from all quarters of the travel and tourism sectors. Confusing, vague, disappointing, ground-hog day – the responses came in... Read more


Dear Members, In the past month, we’ve certainly seen some movement in the right direction when it comes making it easier for tourists, business people and academia to visit South Africa. The changes announced by the Ministries of Home Affairs and Tourism include: • Visa requirements are to be simplified for China and India, while visa waiver agreements will be... Read more


David Frost spoke to 702’s Xolani Gwala on President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement around visa regulations and requirements for foreign minors entering South Africa. Listen to his interview  Read more


Over three years of tireless lobbying by SATSA and our industry partners to lessen the burden of onerous immigration regulations may be gaining impetus. Cabinet this morning announced it would be introducing amendments to regulations applying to foreign minors travelling to South Africa. While details about these amendments have yet to be released, we believe... Read more


Following public comment received in response to the Draft First Amendment of the Immigration Regulations, 2014, the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) plans to issue a travel advisory early in 2017, making changes to controversial elements such as the unabridged birth certificate for under-18s. At a stakeholder briefing... Read more


While South Africa is well known in the US market for its wildlife, it is not known for its many other offerings. In fact, while American travellers are aware of South Africa as a holiday destination, they feel the country lacks the experiences they are looking for. American travellers are looking for exotic destinations offering rich cultural history and an... Read more


The Department of Home Affairs does not have plans to suspend the capture of biometrics at ports of entry over the festive season, neither is it authorized to employ a greater number of immigration officials to cope with the greater number of travelers expected. The department revealed as much at a media briefing on Friday morning, which followed a meeting between... Read more


A stalemate between the Department of Home Affairs and the tourism sector could end in a legal suit.  Read more


We have noted the concerns raised by members and the media regarding lengthy delays and queues at immigration at SA’s international airports as a result of the Department of Home Affairs new biometric system. Our members can rest assured that we are on the job and making every effort to try and get a positive resolution. We have raised our concerns with the Minister of Tourism, Derek... Read more


Issued by the Ministry of Tourism, 15 February 2016 Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom has welcomed the recently-announced changes in visa applications as a positive step towards putting growth in the tourism sector back on track. “These changes pave the way towards growing the tourism economy without compromising security, and have been widely welcomed by the... Read more


In this interview with Bruce Whitfield of 702 on 13/01/16, CEO of SATSA, David Frost, details the reasons why the tourism industry is very concerned about the latest tourism numbers.  Read more


702 and Cape Talk's Ray White speaks to CEO of Southern Africa Tourism Services Association, David Frost, regarding the tourism numbers in South Africa over the festive season. Listen  Read more


David Frost, CEO of Southern Africa Tourism Services Association chats to Stephen Grootes about the visa regulations. For the full article on 702 click... Read more


The Gauteng Tourism Authority has released this summary of the new Immigration Amendments. Download the PDF... Read more


Derek Hanekom talks to Michelle Constant on SAFM on the lastest changes with Visa regulations. [cbc_video id="34896" volume="100" width="640" aspect_ratio="16x9" autoplay="0"... Read more


Is the government's u-turn on visa regulations good enough to bring back tourists? Listen to these interviews: Bruce Whitfield on CNBC TV with David Frost, CEO of SATSA and Graeme Stephens, CEO of Sun International. CNBC TV: Interview with Bruce... Read more


Cabinet was briefed on the progress on the Inter- ministerial committee on Immigration Regulations which was led by the Deputy President. The President had set up this IMC so as to investigate the unintended consequences that were raised by the stakeholders in the tourism sector. Having investigated and explored areas that can be adjusted to deal with both the security consideration and... Read more

Home Affairs

SATSA has welcomed the amendments to the visa regulations announced on Friday, October 23. To read the full statement released by the Department of Home Affairs, click... Read more


The Financial Mail reports that a compromise solution on visa regulations is expected this month from the inter-ministerial committee. Click... Read more