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South Africa Grants Visa-Free Status To Ghana,Ignores Nigeria.

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Ghana President Nana Akufo-Addo (L) and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa shake hands after addressing a joint press conference following their meeting at the Union Building in Pretoria, on July 5, 2018, during Akufo-Addo's official state visit. / AFP PHOTO / Phill Magakoe
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Ghana is the latest country to be granted a visa-free status by the South African government.

South Africa’s Department of Home Affairs has added Ghana to a list of seven countries whose nationals will be permitted to enter South Africa visa-free. Nigeria was not included despite the large volume of trade between the two countries.

South Africa announced in September 2018, that it was finalising a number of visa waiver agreements with other countries including Ghana to allow travellers to enter the country without a visa.

According to the Minister of Home Affairs, Aaron Motsoaledi, citizens of the seven countries are able to enter South Africa without a visa.

“Tourism will soar if we relax visa requirements for entry into South Africa. We know that Tourism is very important for job creation,” he said today at a briefing in South Africa.

“Out of the 193 countries who are member states of the United Nations, the Department has granted visa-free status to 75 countries. Of these 16 are in our continent and are SADC members and 59 are from all over the world.”

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