SADC Region

SADC Region

Plans to introduce a single visa for tourists visiting the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region are at an advanced stage.

Details of the plan are expected to be finalized during the 20th United Nations (UN) World Tourism Organisations, currently being held at Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.

The SADC Univisa will allow free access to all 15 SADC countries.

Zimbabwe Tourism Minister Walter Mzembi compares it with Europe’s Schengen visa, which also allows access to several countries.

“The Visa is expected to be ready by next year. It will mean free access to southern Africa,” says Mzembi.

He says that 150 out of 155 countries will be participating in this project.

Walter Mzembi

Walter Mzembi

“This is a policy conference for tourism ministers but there are special guests in attendance for the ministerial conference such as the president of Malawi, Joyce Banda,” he added.

Mzembi says that Banda will be joined by the vice presidents of Zimbabwe and Zambia John Nkomo and Guy Scott, respectively.

SADC has 15 member states, one of whose membership is currently suspended:

Suspended

 

By: 5VictoriaFalls24

Date: 27 August 2013