Monday, November 10, 2014

Zimbabwe and Zambia introduce a joint visa - the UNIVISA

At World Travel Market it was announced that a UNIVISA, which will allow visitors to travel freely between Zimbabwe and Zambia, is to be introduced on the 28th of November 2014. This is a fantastic and most exciting development as it means visitors will only have to pay for a single visa to visit both Zimbabwe and Zambia. There will be no restriction on the number of times visitors can transfer between the two countries.

A UNIVISA will cost US$50.00, regardless of nationality, and is valid for up to 30 days as long as visitors remain within Zambia and Zimbabwe. It also covers those who visit Botswana from either Zambia or Zimbabwe through the Kazangula borders on a day trip. It does not apply to visitors who spend one or more nights in Botswana.

Initially the UNIVISA will only be available at eight key border posts, namely: Livingstone Airport, Lusaka Airport, Livingstone/Victoria Falls land border, Kazangula land border with Zambia and Zimbabwe, Victoria Falls Airport and Harare Airport.

The UNIVISA is available to citizens of 40 countries, including the USA and Canada, which coincides with those who are eligible to receive visas on arrival in both Zambia and Zimbabwe.

The initial rollout of a single visa for Zimbabwe and Zambia is a pilot project with the goal to expand the common vista to include Kaza countries Botswana, Namibia and Angola and eventually all 15 SADC countries.

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