The High Commission of Zambia in Pretoria has advised Zambians countrywide travelling to South Africa, particularly those going to meet church leaders in various parts of the country, to ensure that they make adequate arrangements before setting off on their trip.
In a statement to Breeze FM this morning, press secretary at the mission, Nicky Shabolyo, says the advisory comes in the wake of several Zambians from various parts of the country, getting stranded while in South Africa after running out of money and forced to go without food and to spend nights in the open.
He says the mission does not have resources with which to repatriate the huge numbers of citizens that have continued presenting themselves to the High Commission in Pretoria to seek assistance.
Mr. Shabolyo advised Zambians planning to travel, to first contact their hosts in South Africa so that they could gather all the necessary information pertaining to their trip.
He says it will be important for travellers to make prior arrangements for accommodation, transportation, food and to carry enough money to last them the entire duration of their stay in South Africa.
Mr. Shabolyo also advised that the Republic of South Africa has amended its Immigration Act with parents travelling with a child or minor under 18 years, required to produce an unabridged birth certificate of the child, reflecting the particulars of the parents of the child.
He also says that it was previously allowed to apply for a Temporary Residence Permit whilst using a Visitor’s Visa, but the amended law now prohibits any foreigner from applying for a temporary residence permit while in the country.
Mr. Shabolyo advised Zambians that travel to South Africa to acquaint themselves with the new regulations.