Angola is relaxing tourist visas for certain countries, in order to boost business and investments, and encouraging availability of foreign currency within its borders.

Visitors from Namibia, South Africa, Mozambique, Cape Verde, Rwanda and Zambia do not need to apply for a business or tourist visa for entering Angola.

Tarissa Wareley, immigration specialist at Xpatweb stated: ”It is clearly an effort by the Angolan government to encourage business and investments into the country, and to alleviate the unavailability of foreign currency in the country and the challenges behind that.”

She stated that its now possible to conduct business under a tourist visa.

This decision was made as a compromise to investors from countries that are still required to enter the country with a visa.

The government also extended the validity of the tourist visa from 90 days to 120 days.

Normally it takes two or three weeks to process the application for a visa, but with the new rules investors no longer will be subjected to this delay.

Foreign nationals also are allowed to partner with an Angolan national to set up a business, without to invest at least $500 000.

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