Fact Check: Did South Africa grant Ghana a free visa?

Fact Check: Did South Africa grant Ghana a free visa?

-Ghana has been added to South Africa's list of visa-free entry countries

- Most Ghanaians seem to to be confused with the meaning of what the South Africa government meant

- Visa-free entry and free visa are not the same meaning

Most Ghanaians seem to be getting it all wrong when the South African government announced yesterday, July 10 that Ghana and other countries have been added to the list of visa-free entry countries.

Some people are of the view that they do not need to pay anything at all to enter South African, after the announcement. The news excited many but few seem to understand the requirements

YEN.com.gh has however decided to educate Ghanaians on what actually is meant by visa free entry, free visa, and visa-on-arrival.

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Free visa means you require a visa, but don't have to pay a fee.

For instance, Ghana and Egypt have a free visa relationship. Meaning one needs to apply for visa with all the required documents, but you don't pay a fee.

Visa-free means you don't need visa to enter a country, just the arrival stamp, the difference is that "visa free entry" means that you can enter the country without a visa for a specified period of time under what's usually called a 'landing permission'.

Meanwhile a 'visa-on-arrival' means that you need a visa to enter, but can apply for and receive the visa when you show up.

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YEN.com.gh earlier reported Ghanaians no longer need a visa to travel to South Africa because the South African Government has added Ghana to the list of its visa-free countries.

This information was captured in a post on South Africa’s Home Affairs Twitter handle.

Other countries that were added to the list of visa-free countries include Qatar, United Arab Emirates, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, Cuba, Sao Tome and Principe. A separate statement from the Home Affairs Minister, Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi confirmd the news.

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