ZTB asks Ministry of Home Affairs to simplify the visa processes for tourists

The Zambia Tourism Board (ZTB) has asked the Ministry of Home Affairs to simplify the visa processes for tourists coming from key source markets across the globe to attract more tourists to the country.

ZTB managing director Felix Chaila said some neighbouring countries had already scrapped-off visas or reduced the visa fees for tourists coming from key source markets globally and hence his Board had asked the Ministry of Home Affairs for similar incentives.

Mr Chaila said studies conducted in the tourism sector indicated that more tourists were likely to visit countries which had simplified visa regimes. Mr Chaila said the launch of the Univisa was one of the milestones that facilitated tourist arrivals to Zambia.

Mr Chaila said Zambia was also in the process of launching the electronic visa processing system to attract more tourists. He noted that Zimbabwe and other neighbouring countries had already implemented an electronic visa system.

“Besides the Kaza visas Zambia is also expected to launch the electronic visa processing system and preparations have reached an advanced stage.

“For example, India and China are some of the biggest countries worldwide but you can imagine how long it can take for tourists from these countries to process visas in the absence of the electronic system,” he said.