Visa rules force SA language schools to shut

South Africa’s lucrative English language school industry is starting to crumble with at least two schools shutting down and fears of several others to follow over the country’s recently implemented visa regulations. Over the last two years, English language schools have been bearing the brunt of South Africa’s visa requirements[…]

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Russia to halt visa-free status for visiting Turks

Moscow is to suspend its visa-free agreement with Turkey at the beginning of next year, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said. Friday’s announcement comes as tensions mount after the downing of a Russian fighter jet by Turkey earlier this week. Russia has ruled out any military response against NATO[…]

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Visa requirements for foreigners revised

South African children under the age of 18 will still be required to travel with an unabridged birth certificate, but the Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) task team – established to investigate the effects of SA’s controversial immigration regulations has recommended that the requirement be revised for children of foreign visitors. Cabinet[…]

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Jeenah visa refusal “absurd”: Pahad

It is critically important that South Africans be at the forefront of the struggle against racial and religious profiling. So says anti-apartheid struggle stalwart Dr. Essop Pahad speaking in response to a petition launched by the Concerned Africans Forum (CAF), opposing the British Home Office’s decision to deny a visa[…]

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Petition launched against Jeenah visa denial

A petition has been launched by the Concerned Africans Forum (CAF), in response to the British Home Office’s decision to deny a visa to the Afro-Middle East Centre’s executive director, Na’eem Jeenah. The prominent academic was due to attend a conference just outside of London, hosted by the European Council[…]

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Delays in visa renewals due to screening

The current delays in the renewal of visas can be attributed to a need for thorough investigation into applicants, according to Department of Home Affairs (DHA) official, Ronney Harhule. Since the introduction of new visa regulations at the start of this month, complaints have flooded in over the slow nature[…]

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New child visa regulations reviewed

Minister of Tourism Derek Hanekom is reviewing the new visa regulations regarding children which came into effect on 1st June to ensure that South Africa does not have a loss of existing and potential tourist markets. The regulation states that children under 18 who are travelling with both parents are[…]

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SA visa regulations putting Brits off

The Telegraph, said to be one of the biggest websites in the United Kingdom, has run an online poll ahead of South Africa’s new visa rules set to come into effect on 1 June – and the results are alarming. South Africa’s new rules on travelling with children will require[…]

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IRR adds voice to call over new visa rules

South Africa’s tourism industry is on tenterhooks as the deadline for the country’s new travel requirements for children looms. The new rules, instituted by the department of home affairs, requires an unabridged birth certificate for all children travelling to, through or out of SA as of 1 June. Now the[…]

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