If you live in Africa or want to travel through Africa, you will be interested to hear that three countries are currently pilot-testing a multiple-entry Visa that could be used later on in five southern African countries. The KAZA UniVisa is named after the Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area which reaches into Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and Angola. This new visa concept is sometimes called the Zim-Zam Visa as it is only being used in these two countries for the first 6 months, and parts of Botswana.
Launched in December 2014, the KAZA UniVisa is a unique money-saving concept that takes the stress out of your travels into Africa. Spend only US$50 to bungee jump of Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe), go white water rafting from Livingstone (Zambia) and to see the elephants in Chobe (Botswana)!
And you get 30 days in which to cross back and forth between these countries as often as you like, before you multi visa expires. Later on, you may be able to include Angola and Namibia on your bucket list.
This is an African success story which came from Zambia and Zimbabwe who wanted to assist their citizens to cross borders without visas, since the 2013 hosting of the UN World Tourism Organisation conference by both countries. To date, the project has done very well and will now extend into Mozambique, Namibia and Angola, plus more of Botswana.
These countries now need to work together to attract tourists to their borders to spend money within their regions now that visas are cheaper and easier for them. Visas can hinder tourism if they are difficult to obtain and there is talk of a regional visa or e-visas being implemented in Africa at some stage to encourage tourism, business travel and trade.
Once you have spent your 30 days in these designated KAZA countries with your UniVisa, you cannot extend the visa but you can buy a new one – you can get up to three a year. You can choose to buy the normal single or double entry visas if that suits you better. So, if you are only coming into Zimbabwe on holiday, you need only buy the single entry visa for US$30! But if you want to stay in Zambia but go to Zimbabwe on a day trip, you would have bought a double entry visa for US$65 – now you pay US$ for your UniVisa.
Which ports of entry require a UniVisa?
Zambia – KK International Airport, Harry Mwaanga International Airport, Victoria Falls Border, Kazangula Border
Zimbabwe – Harare International Airport, Victoria Falls International Airport, Victoria Falls Border, Kazangula Border
There is only entry into Botswana at Kazangula Border.
Who can get the UniVisa?
People who are resident in these 40 countries can get the visa at the aforementioned border posts:
- Britain (UK)
- Cook Islands
- Czech Republic
- New Zealand
- Puerto Rico
- Slovakia Republic
- Slovenia Republic
South Africa Visa Issues:
South Africa has been wise to think about child trafficking and to try to prevent it but the recently changed visa regulations are already affecting tourism into the country in a negative way. The new law states that all minors (under age 18) must have an unabridged birth certificate with them when they travel and there are many sub rules regarding children travelling alone, in school groups or with people who are not their biological parents.
In some countries in Asia, citizens who love visiting South Africa now have to spent time and money traveling far in their own regions to get these papers sorted out before they travel. This could force them to change their destinations to other African countries or other overseas tourist attractions.