Ghana has officially been added to the list of visa-free countries into South Africa. This announcement was made by South Africa’s Minister of Home Affairs, Aaron Motsoaledi, in a speech he delivered on the occasion of the Home Affairs Budget Vote.
“Out of the 193 countries who are member states of the United Nations, the Department has granted visa – free status to 75 countries. Of these 16 are in our continent and are SADC members and 59 are from all over the world”, he said.
He added, “Today, we wish to announce an addition to our visa – free countries.
- United Arab Emirates
- New Zealand
- Saudi Arabia
- Sao Tome and Principe”
South Africa Home Affairs further made this announcement public in a tweet;
Today, we wish to announce an addition to our visa – free countries.
•United Arab Emirates
•Sao Tome and Principe@travel24 @tourism_gov_za#DHABudgetVote2019 pic.twitter.com/u6edTwkWxu
— HomeAffairsSA (@HomeAffairsSA) July 10, 2019
The minister also explained that the visa-free entry only applies to travelers wanting to enter the Republic of South Africa as there is not yet a mutual agreement with the listed countries for South African citizens to enter these countries visa-free. These agreements need to be negotiated on a country by country basis.
Ghana however already has a visa-free or visa on arrival agreement with the Republic of South Africa.