Harare – Immigration Department Principal Director Mr Clemence Masango today announced that they are working on enabling Zimbabwe to be a Sans-Visa Destination.
Addressing members from the Tourism Sector who attended a briefing at Meikles Hotel earlier today, Masango announced that they are facilitating Visa Abolition so that visitors will be able to jet in from any country without any permit complications and that his Department will soon announce further revision of the Visa Regime.
“I am on record for Abolition of Visas very soon you will hear us announcing a further revision of the Visa Regime, we want to reduce more and more from the list of those that needs Visas to enter Zimbabwe.” said Masango
Several tourists have commended the improvement in service delivery from the Immigration Department with others who used to wait for weeks to get their Visa now only having them processed within hours since the inauguration of President Mnangagwa.
These developments are expected to enforce a rapid increase on the graph of tourists jetting in from the 2.2million recorded in the year 2017 to 2.5million by 2020.
The Ministry of Tourism also confirmed that very soon they will be introducing flights from the Capital to Kariba, Nyanga, Beitbridge and Masvingo.
He said the Immigration Department is almost done with the revision of the Visa Regime but waits for authorization from the government.
“The exercise is continuous but bear with us we are a government system everything goes through channel and authorization but the first exercise is ready for publication once the necessary clearance has been attended to” echoed the Director of Immigration Department.
According to the African development bank group, Visas represent high cost in terms of money and time for the individual applying for visas, as well as missed opportunities for the local service economy and for trade, so there is a great need for the abolition or the relaxation of visa requirements to improve mobility into the country.
Meanwhile, as part of its efforts to stimulate activities in the productive sectors of the economy, the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe has put in place a tourism support facility of $15 million and will allocate at least USD30 000 to players in the tourism industry.