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PORTUGAL NEW VISA CENTRE UPDATE : Notice : 10/01/2018
The Consulate General of Portugal in Johannesburg has opened Visa Application Centres operated by VFS Visa Processing in Pretoria and Cape Town. Applicants who reside in Pretoria or Cape Town will now apply at VFS and no longer at the Portugal Embassy/Consulate
AZERBAIJAN UPDATE : The Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan will not accept new visa applications from South Africa, as well as nationals from other countries, until further notice due to technical reasons.
South African passport holders can apply online for a 30-day, single-entry visa at https://evisa.gov.az/en.
Travellers holding other passports are urged to use the same website to check their country’s eligibility for a visa. The Azerbaijan Embassy Consular Section can be contacted on +27 12 346 1018 or +27 12 346 0829, or emailed at Pretoria.firstname.lastname@example.org
NEW ZEALAND - IMPORTANT UPDATE : In April, Immigration New Zealand (INZ) will close its Pretoria office, along with six other offshore offices.
Visa processing in Bangkok, Manila, Washington DC, Pretoria and Dubai will stop, but INZ will maintain a presence in those regions to gather market intelligence, manage risk and carry out verification activities.
INZ encourages applicants to access the services they need through the online channels or to contact the Immigration Contac...t Centre. Applications for residence, which are not currently supported online, can be posted.
The Immigration Contact Centre can be contacted on: 0508 558 855 (NZ landline only) or on: +64 9 914 4100 (overseas or mobile)
KENYA UPDATE :Newly inaugurated Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, has announced that all Africans visiting Kenya can receive visas on arrival.
Countries that previously required visas include Cape Verde, Comores, Egypt, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Rwanda, and Uganda.
Kenya now joins the other African countries that have recently relaxed passport regulations, to work together to ease intra-African travel.
Speaking at his maiden speech at the Kasarani Stadium, following his inauguration for a second term in office, Kenyatta said: “Today, I am directing that any African wishing to visit Kenya will be eligible to receive a visa at the port of entry. To underscore Kenya’s commitment, this shall not be done on the basis of reciprocity,” reported Capital News.
He further said that all East African Community nationals were free to work in Kenya without any permits. All that is required is their national IDs and for them to observe the stipulated laws.