Univisa relaunched for Zimbabwe and Zambia

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The KAZA univisa for Zambia and Zimbabwe was relaunched at an event at the David Livingstone Safari Lodge on December 21, 2016. The visa aims to promote tourism and facilitate free, easy movement of tourists across the countries’ borders. The univisa was first launched in a pilot programme between November 2014 and December 2015 with more than 47 000 visitors benefitting from the arrangement during the period.

The univisa costs $50 and is valid for up to 30 days as long as visitors remain within Zambia and Zimbabwe. It also covers those, who visit Botswana for day trips through the Kazungula borders. The univisa is available on arrival at Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula International Airport, Victoria Falls Land Border in Livingstone, Kazungula Land Border, Kenneth Kaunda International Airport, Victoria Falls International Airport, and Harare International Airport. Electronic applications may be accepted at a later date.

Citizens of 40 countries (those who are eligible to receive visas on arrival in both Zambia and Zimbabwe) are eligible.“The original trial year was a major success and was embraced and supported by travel agents and tour operators across the world,” said Ross Kennedy, Chief Executive of Africa Albida Tourism. Kennedy said the new visa regime was an early step in exploring and developing the Kavango-Zambezi (Kaza) Transfrontier Conservation Area as a tourism zone, with Victoria Falls as its hub. It is anticipated that the KAZA univisa will be extended to Angola, Botswana and Namibia in future; however, Botswana’s Minister of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism, Tshekedi Khama, has previously said that Botswana was not keen to participate in the programme.

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Born in Zimbabwe and living in South Africa, Miriro is a seasoned publishing editor and writer, having worked with leading brands in investment, business leadership and entrepreneurship. Passionate about Africa’s development, Miriro is also a dynamic marketing consultant with 10 years experience working with startups and large multinational corporations. With a heart for travel, Miriro spends her time discovering the nooks of crannies of Africa’s hidden gems, taking the roads less travelled, meeting the beautiful people and enjoying their food and culture. She enjoys tackling complex strategic challenges in the passion-to-entrepreneurship pipeline, particularly focused on the implications of 4th Industrial Revolution and workforce automation on Africa's travel and tourism industry. Miriro is currently the Managing Editor of Nomad Africa magazine.

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