Zambia Resume Univisa Project with Zimbabwe and Botswana

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The governments of Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana have resumed a multinational visa project seeking to promote foreign direct investments (FDI) in the three African countries.

The multinational visa, known as the Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA) UNIVISA project, was launched on 28th November 2014 in Zambia and Zimbabwe.

It was suspended on 31st December 2015 by both government to focus on the addition of a third country: Botswana, Angola or Namibia.

The KAZA UNIVISA allows tourists to travel within Zambia, Botswana and Zimbabwe with a single document, whivh can be acquired for USD50.

According to the Zambia Tourism Board, currently citizens of most countries are required to apply for the UNIVISA on missions abroad.

However, citizens of 40 countries, among which Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, and Germany, are eligible to acquire it at an entry Point of Sale (POS) at Lusaka, Livingstone and Ndola airports.

Additionally, citizens of 60 countries, among which Ireland, Kenya, South Africa, and Tanzania, are exempt of getting visa to visit the KAZA area and can enter up to 30 days with their traveling documents.

Namibia and Angola are expected to soon join the KAZA UNIVISA according to the portal Lonely Planet, and by 2018 Malawi, Lesotho, Swaziland, and Mozambique should follow.

According to the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), Zambia recorded 923,000 tourist arrivals in 2015 and in it expected to reach 1,104,000 in 2016.

By 2026 tourist arrivals are forecast to reach 2,119,000 according to the same source.

Tourists can still apply for single and double entry visa to Zambia for USD30 and USD45 respectively.