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Monday, 21 June 2010

A SADC Schengen? 2nd Edition

Two years later after it was first proposed, it appears the the regional schengen visa system dubbed Univisa is alive and kicking. But Zambia is not part of the system :

The Zimbabwe Council of Tourism (ZCT) has advised Zambia to consider joining the uni-visa system which allows countries to voluntarily connect to one visa system to enhance interaction and passage of tourists across borders, state media of Zambia reported on Monday.

ZCT president Emmanuel Fundira said in an interview with the Times of Zambia that Zimbabwe was one of the five countries in the southern African region that had joined the uni-visa system but added that Zimbabwe would have loved to see Zambia joining the system.

Namibia, Botswana, Swaziland and Mozambique are the other countries in the region that have joined the system, which allows the use of one visa to enter the border of the member nations without being subjected to other procedures, Times said.

The Zimbabwean tourism official said Zambia would have benefited a lot because of the cross-tourism products that the country shared with neighboring countries that had collaborated under the system.
More detail via Global Times. We have previously touched on this issue here.

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