SA in talks with UK over visas - report

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iol travel july 12 passport photo REUTERS South Africans as well as Swaziland and Lesotho nationals will be exempt from requiring a travel transit visa to the UK.

Johannesburg - The South African government has renewed its efforts to convince the British government that South Africans do not require a visa to visit the UK, Beeld reported.

The British visa requirements were introduced in March 2008, for several reasons including the fact that South African passports and ID books were found among the possessions of two terror suspects who were not South African citizens.

The department of internal affairs said it was of the opinion that internal corruption had been eradicated and that South African passports complied with international security standards.

The department's communication chief, Ronnie Mamoepa, said South Africa was in talks with the UK government to revise its decision.

“Watertight measures have been put in place to eradicate any negative elements,” he said.

He would not elaborate any further on the issue.

A spokesman for the UK Border Agency would only say that it was continuing to co-operate with the South African government on the matter. - Sapa

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