South African Visitor Visa Campaign

The Royal Commonwealth Society has launched a campaign and petition to restore visa-free travel for South Africans visiting the UK.

We are doing so in partnership with South African Chamber of Commerce UKThe South AfricanSable InternationalPhilip Gamble & Partners, the South African Diaspora United, and with support and endorsement from the DA Abroad-UK.

Since 2008 South Africans have needed a UK visitor visa. This has caused great pressure on reuniting families and friends. A six-month visitor visa now costs £87 (1,477 ZAR). Eight years have passed without resolution.

SA Change Petition

That is why we why have created a petition for the 200,000 South African diaspora in the UK to sign and encourage friends and family to support back in South Africa.

The goal is to demonstrate to both the UK and South African Governments the significant public support for a return to visa-free travel. Our campaign will ensure that this issue will feature prominently in next year’s UK-South Africa Bilateral Forum. We will also be handing in the petition to 10 Downing Street.

Furthermore, the numbers of South African visitors to the UK had dropped from 351,000 to 231,000 over the past eight years with annual total spend of £246m in 2015. This has meant a yearly loss of £128m to the UK economy.

With your help we can change government policy so sign the petition on the right and share widely on social media both in the UK and South Africa.

For more information about the campaign and its supporters read the factsheet

 

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