WINDHOEK – Namibia has determined to begin issuing visas on arrival to a wide variety of African, Asian, European, North American, and South American international locations, Minister of Information and Communication Technology (MICT) Stanley Simataa introduced the day before today.
Briefing the media here on Cabinet resolutions, Simataa said Cabinet has authorized that the Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration begin with the pilot mission of issuing visas upon arrival at Hosea Kutako International Airport.
He stated African international locations to advantage from this new development consist of Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Central Africa Republic (CAR), Chad, Comoros, Cote d’ Ivoire, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Gabon, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Madagascar, Mauritania, Niger, Rwanda, Sao Tome, and Principé, Sierra Leone, Togo, Tunisia, Western Sahara Republic, and Uganda.
Simataa said different countries consist of Belarus, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Chile, Czech Republic, Hungary, Mexico, Moldova, Nicaragua, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, South Korea, Venezuela, Vietnam, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, Singapore, and Ukraine.
He instructed the media that Cabinet authorized that the second phase of implementation will take place at the border posts of Ariamsvlei, Noordoewer, Oranjemund, Trans-Kalahari, Wenela, Oshikango, and Walvis Bay.
He stated an amount of N$1000 would be charged for the visa issuance upon arrival at Hosea Kutako International Airport.
However, Simataa cited that Namibia has exempted nationals of certain international locations from visa requirements in certain categories, consisting of holders of diplomatic, regular, and minor regular passports from Jamaica, and holders of diplomatic and respectable passports from Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Central Africa Republic (CAR), Chad, Comoros, Cote d’ Ivoire, Djibouti, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, The Gambia, Guinea, Liberia, Madagascar, Mauritania, Niger, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principé, Sierra Leone, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, and Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic.
He stated foreign nationals exempted from visa necessities whilst journeying to Namibia on vacation; tourism purpose encompasses Angola, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Congo-Brazzaville (holders of diplomatic passport best), Cuba, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana (holders of diplomatic passport and provider passport best), Hong Kong, Iceland, India (holders of diplomatic and professional passport up to 3 months), Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Liechtenstein, and Lesotho.
Others include Luxemburg, Macau (SAR), Malawi, Malaysia, Mauritius, Moldova, Mozambique, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria (holders of diplomatic and reputable passport up to a few months), Norway, Poland (holders of diplomatic and reliable passport up to a few months only), Portugal, Russian Federation, Seychelles, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Turkey (holders of diplomatic and legit passport simplest), Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States of America, Uzbekistan, Venezuela (holders of diplomatic and authentic passport most effective), Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Meanwhile, in step with the African Development Bank’s 2017 Africa Visa Openness Report, Africans can get a visa on arrival in only 24% of different African countries, at the same time as North Americans, as an instance, have less difficult tour get admission to on the continent.
“Free-motion at the continent would entail the implementation of continent-huge visa-free regimes including the issuance of visas at ports of access for Africans,” the AU advised in February the remaining year.
Already Ghana, Rwanda, Mauritius, and the Seychelles issue visas on arrival to all African passport holders. In 2016, the digital African Union Passport was released and issued to heads of kingdom and governments to increase citizens.