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Zimbabwe: Zim Relaxes Visa Terms for Chinese Tourists
All Chinese nationals visiting the country will now be required to obtain visas at ports of entry with effect from next month after Government reviewed the country's visa regime to boost the tourism industry. Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage Minister Obert Mpofu said a firmer and all-inclusive arrangement was adopted following President Mnangagwa's visit to China in April this year.
He made the announcement during the handover of furniture and equipment to the Department of Immigration and the Zimbabwe Republic Police in Harare last week.
"I am happy to announce that the two governments have agreed that as from the 1st of July 2018 Chinese nationals, whether travelling as a group or individually intending to visit the country, will obtain visas at ports of entry," said Minister Mpofu.
The Zimbabwe migration management system comprises a three-tier visa model classified into categories A, B and C.
Category A refers to countries whose nationals are exempt from visa requirements while those in category B obtain visas at the port of entry, that is on arrival, while category C nationals are required to apply for visas prior to travel.
Minister Mpofu said Chinese nationals seeking permits to enable them pursue other activities in the country must observe the international practice, which demands that they obtain such documents prior to travelling to Zimbabwe.