African business visas requirements tightened in some countries

african business visas requirementsTwo or three years ago, organising a business trip to any other country in Africa didn’t cause too many headaches. Today it’s a different story altogether as African business visas requirements are tightened in some countries on the continent.

Which countries are becoming tougher?

African countries being stricter on business travellers include:

  • Angola,
  • The Democratic Republic of the Congo,
  • Ghana,
  • Nigeria,
  • Rwanda, and
  • Tanzania.

We have seen countries moving away from only asking for letters of invitation and letters from companies to asking for a long list of documents, statements and certificates.

Even letters of invitations and letters from companies must now meet stricter requirements.

Our advice is to speak to our African immigration department when you start planning any business trip.

This is the only way to stay on top of African business visas requirements and to ensure that you successfully gain entry into African countries.

Is it business as usual in other African countries?

No, not necessarily.

Even countries South Africans do not need visas for by immigration law, are asking for visas in certain situations at the border.

For example, we have had a client denied entry at a border because they did not have a business visa for a seemingly simple site visit.

This was in Namibia, so always check with us before you depart on a business trip to an African country!

The other African countries South Africans do not need visas for by law, are:

  • Botswana,
  • Kenya,
  • Mozambique, and
  • Zimbabwe.

Again, we advise that you contact us when you start planning your business trip to any of these countries. You don’t want to be stopped at the border and miss out on important business duties or opportunities.

Ask us to help you compile applications in accordance with African business visas requirements

The changing requirements do not have to be a problem, not if you ask us to help you with business visas.

Our team of immigration consultants will:

  • Advise on the correct visa for the purpose of your trip.
  • Tell you which documents to prepare.
  • Compile your visa application.
  • Submit your visa application.

You don’t have to guess and you don’t have to stress. We take care of your business visa application for you!

Sound good? Then contact us on +27 (0) 11 234 4275 and ask to speak to Ayanda. You’ll get all the right advice for your next business trip.

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