Wednesday, July 6, 2022

South Africa dispels Batswana’s fears over travel restrictions

The South African High Commission in Gaborone this week allayed fears that with immediate effect Batswana travelling to South Africa would be required to have R3000 in cash or three bank months current bank statement proving such.┬á The concerns were prompted by a recent communiqu├® signed by that country’s Minister of Home Affairs Malusi Gigaba and posted at the border posts of that country.

The controversial communiqu├® which Gigaba signed himself and titled “proof sufficient financial means” states that “I Mr MKN Gigaba, Minister of Home Affairs, hereby, in terms of section 7 of the immigration Act of 2002 (Act no.13 of 2002) determine the means of financial proof as follows; three months bank statement; minimum of R3000, cash available to the applicant; minimum of R3000.

However, responding to Sunday Standard queries, South African High Commission in Gaborone spokesperson, Harshana Goolab said South African immigration officials were to blame for the confusion.

“It appears there was a misunderstanding by the Border Officials of the recently implemented amendments to the South African Immigration Act,” she said.┬á

Goolab said travellers are not required to be in possession of R3000 or three months back statements in order to enter into South Africa at any border crossing. 

“The requirement of three months bank statements is only applicable to those who are applying for a visa at a South African Diplomatic Mission. As Batswana are not required to apply for a visa for South Africa for a stay of up to 90 days, this does not apply to them,” she said.

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