SA parliament to be petitioned on visa regulations

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Western Cape economic opportunities MEC Alan Winde plans to petition parliament to suspend the new visa regulations due to come into effect on 1 October.

According to News24.com, Western Cape economic opportunities MEC Alan Winde plans to petition South Africa’s parliament to suspend the new visa regulations due to come into effect on 1 October.

Winde said he had received concerns from hoteliers, travel agents and tour operators in the province, and believed the new visa regulations could significantly damage tourism.

South Africa’s new immigration regulations introduce a new visa regime. The regulations draw a clear distinction between short-stay visas and long-stay permanent residence permits.
They stipulate that visa applications need to be made by applicants in person, and those wanting to change the status of their visa can no longer do so in South Africa, but at missions abroad.