Emiratis can now visit South Africa without applying for visa beforehand

South Africa, visa free, UAE passport

Abu Dhabi - Decision comes into force on August 15.


Published: Wed 14 Aug 2019, 2:35 PM

Last updated: Thu 15 Aug 2019, 12:17 PM

Emiratis holding diplomatic, special, mission and ordinary passports are now exempt from pre-entry visas when they visit South Africa.

According to the South African Department of Home Affairs, the UAE was added to the visa waiver list, with the possibility of UAE citizens travelling to South Africa to stay for a period of up to 90 days effective as of August 15, 2019.

Commenting on the announcement, Ahmed Sari Al Mazrouei, Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said that the visa waiver decision by the South African government reflects the strong ties between the two countries, and the prominent international status that the UAE has attained on the global scale, opening up further horizons for its citizens.

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