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New Zealand Visitor’s Visa Deadline is looming

After 21 November all visitors from South Africa will need to obtain a visa before travelling to New Zealand and if you're scheduled to travel after the implementation date you had better hurry up and apply for your visa urgently as it will take an estimated 6-weeks to process, according to the embassy.

New Zealand Visitor’S Visa Deadline Is Looming

The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) said while it respects the decision by New Zealand to enforce a visa restriction for South Africans, it finds the move rather unfortunate - "given the vast improvements to DHA systems over the years" reported News 24.

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DHA Spokesperson Mayihlome Tshwete said it has noted the decision by the government of New Zealand to introduce visa requirements for all South Africans wishing to travel to that country from 21 November 2016.

Right now South Africans qualify for a visa on arrival but come 21 November, you will need to fork out NZ$165.00 (about R1 637.07 at R9.92/NZ$) if you apply before 21 November 2016. From 21 November 2016 the cost for paper applications increases to $184, while the online cost remains $165.

The Embassy cited the issue of increased number of individuals trying to enter the country with either "counterfeit or fraudulently obtained South African passports".

"We are committed to creating an immigration system that actively welcomes and encourages legitimate visitors to New Zealand, but at the same time is able to prevent those who do not meet immigration requirements", commented Immigration New Zealand (INZ) General Manager Peter Elms.

“These changes bring New Zealand into line with countries such as Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. People who have booked tickets prior to today’s announcement for travel on or after the 21 November should visit the Immigration website to find out how to apply for their visa.”

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In response Tshwete said, "On our part, we will continue to engage with the New Zealand government to arrive at a common understanding on the matter. To this end, we find it unfortunate given the vast improvements to our systems over the years.

 

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