South Africa's Regional Tourism Organisation have proposed a single visa to be applicable in South African Development Community (SADC) member states (Daily News, 01-Mar-2011). Delegates to the Board of Directors meeting are proposing a single visa be applicable in SADC member states. The directors from Tanzania, Angola, Botswana, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Zambia, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland and Zimbabwe also considered a form a joint SADC regional carrier.
SADC considers single visa and joint carrier
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