SA signs tourism pact with Mozambique

By Jani Meyer Time of article published May 7, 2006

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South Africa signed an historic agreement with two of its neighbours with the launch of the Lubombo Route linking the countries' tourism destinations.

Ministers from Swaziland, Mozambique and South Africa rubberstamped a deal that was first mooted in 1999 at the Indaba, South Africa's tourism showcase, in Durban yesterday.

The agreement provides for the scrapping of visa requirements between the countries and the upgrading and increase in the number of border posts connecting the countries.

Some of the fences between the countries will also be dropped at Tembe Elephant Park to allow elephants freedom to move between Mozambique and South Africa.

Mozambican Minister of Tourism, Dr Fernando Sumbana, said the "jewels" of Mozambique were now being combined in a route with South Africa and Swaziland. A "univisa" - that will only require foreign travellers to apply for a single visa to gain access to South Africa, Zimbabwe, Swaziland and Mozambique will be introduced.

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