New Visa Policy: Zimbabwe to issue Visa on arrival to 28 countries
By Andrew Iro Okungbowa (Contributing Editor, Nigeria) Zimbabwe appeared to be turning a new bend as the country has unfolded a new visa regime, which will now see nationals from about 28 countries issue visas on arrival at the country’s entering points. This is part of efforts at improving on its tourist arrival figures and opening up the economy to more foreign investors.
This new development was made public during the National Tourism Strategy Workshop held in Victoria Falls, by the Principal Director, Department of Immigration, Clement Masango, and its implementation, he said it with immediate effect.
It will be recalled that some time ago, the country’s Vice President, General Constantino Chiwenga (Rtd), had said that the government is moving away from the practice in most African countries where almost two-thirds of the world’s population must obtain visas before entry.
“Zimbabwe should take advantage of the international community’s confidence in the new administration to market the country as a preferred destination for tourists and investors, ‘’ Chiwenga had said.
Countries removed from category C (visa obtained before travelling) to category B (visa issued on arrival) include India, Mexico, Ethiopia, Panama, Romania and Armenia.
Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) is expected in the coming days to release the full list of countries to enjoy this new policy even as all citizens from member states of the regional block, Southern Africa Development Corporation (SADC) will henceforth be issued visas on arrival.