Angola exempts 61 countries from visa rule

The nationals of 61 countries travelling to Angola will be granted visas on arrival, state-owned media confirmed Tuesday.

Rádio Nacional de Angola (RNA) said the visitors will only need to submit their accommodation and subsistence means to get the tourism visa in Luanda.

The international certificate of vaccination, a return ticket and a valid passport will also be required for the granting of the 30 days visa.

RNA named the beneficiary countries as including the 28- European Union states and the Portuguese-speaking countries bloc.

Botswana, Mauritius, Namibia, Seychelles, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Singapore will also benefit from the new Angola visa rule.

Israel and Japan

Other African countries on the list are Algeria, Madagascar, Malawi, Morocco, Lesotho, Swaziland and Zambia.

The European states of Northern Ireland, Iceland, Monaco, Norway, the UK, Russia, Switzerland and Vatican City will also benefit from the new Luanda visa rule

American beneficiaries of the visa simplification process are Argentina, Canada, Chile, Cuba, the US, Uruguay and Venezuela.

The Asian beneficiaries are China, South Korea, the United Arab Emirates, India, Indonesia, Israel and Japan.

The nationals of Australia, New Zealand and Timor-Leste will also be granted the Angolan visa on arrival.

Many tourists

The presidential decree, RNA added, will be in force from March 30.

An invitation letter, which will no longer be a condition for visa application, was a handicap for many tourists wishing to visit Angola.

The Angolan government says that the tourism sector will create one million jobs by 2020.

Angola's tourism industry is relatively new because much of the country was destroyed during the post-colonial civil war, which ended in 2002

The tourism sector is mainly private and its development and expansion will greatly diversify the country’s economy.

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