Zambia Zimbabwe Universal Visa Launches On November 28, 2014

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Following a six-month trial period, Zambia and Zimbabwe will officially launch the Kavango-Zambezi (KaZa) new universal visa (Uni-Visa) in Victoria Falls on November 28, 2014 as a part of their joint efforts to increase revenue and facilitate the growth of regional tourism.

The new tourist visa, which is expected to further strengthen relations between Zambia and Zimbabwe and offer opportunities to cross-promote their tourism products, will be purchased by tourists at their port of entry for USD 50 and will be valid for 30 days.

The Uni-Visa project was initiated by the Southern African Development Community (SADC) with financing from the World Bank and is expected to be expanded to other neighboring countries including Angola, Botswana, and Namibia following an additional 6 month trial phase.

The Zambia Ministry of Tourism and Arts Permanent Secretary, Steven Mwansa, has reported that Zambia will achieve its target of 1.2 million international tourist arrivals in 2014.

The Zambia tourism sector currently represents 4% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and is projected to 6% by 2016.