Namibian president Hage Geingob said South African businesspeople working in Namibia will soon be able to get five-year working visas in the country, CGTN reported.

Speaking at the Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI), Geingob said he had received complaints about the country’s current two-year visa regime for businesspeople from South Africa.

He hoped that the new five-year working visa will increase investment to the country, NBC reported.

South Africa is Namibia’s largest trading partner in the Southern African Development Community (SADC). 

Geingob also said his government is planning to introduce e-visas, after introducing visas-on-arrival for a selected number of countries, CGTN reported.  

South Africa is also currently undertaking a review of its visa regime, with a view to spur investment and tourism.

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The South African home affairs department announced that e-visas for international tourists will be operational by middle November, the SABC reported.

This will mean tourists will be able to apply for a South African visa online from anywhere in the world, and get it verified upon arrival on South African shores. 

Traveller24 reported that the requirement for international tourists to carry unabridged birth certificates of their children when travelling to South Africa was scrapped on November 8.

When the requirement was first introduced in 2015, Business Day reported that between 10 to 20 families were denied travel to SA from London's Heathrow Airport, on the basis that they did not meet the visa requirements

(Compiled by James de Villiers) 

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