From : Thezimbabwemail.com
14 January 2013
ZAMBIA and Zimbabwe have agreed to introduce a visa free system to facilitate the flow of delegates into the two countries during the United Nations World Trade Organisation (UNWTO) conference, Minister of Tourism and Arts Sylvia Masebo has said.
Ms Masebo said in an interview in Chongwe last Thursday that high visa fees have a negative impact on the tourism sector, adding that countries that have low visa fees or visa restrictions attract more tourists.
“As Zambia prepares itself for the conference with Zimbabwe, Government is looking at how we can deal with the issue of visa during that time when we have the UNWTO.
“One good point that I can make at this stage is that Zambia and Zimbabwe agreed that we need to have a system that will be like visa free so that the delegates can flow between the two counties. We are coming up with a uniform kind of Visa. If I may use a laymen’s point of view, I may say that there will be no visa between Zambia and Zimbabwe at least during that UNWTO conference, ”she said.
She added that Zambia is currently working in collaboration with the Immigration Department of Zimbabwe to ensure that the issue of visas is addressed.
Ms Masebo said her Ministry together with the ministry of Foreign Affairs and other stakeholders are working at ways of addressing the issue of high visa fees as a country so as to attract more tourists even after the UNWTO conference.
“In terms of other countries, again, as country we are looking at this issue and working with the Ministry of Home Affairs and other sector ministries that are critical to this issue and we will inform you what will be the way forward, ”she said. – Zambia Daily