The Zambia High Commission in Pretoria, South Africa, has urged Zambian citizens whose visitors permits to that country have expired to urgently notify the Mission.
Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa Major General Jackson Miti says the Mission will engage South African Department of Home Affairs to ensure that affected Zambians were exempted from penalties once the COVID-19 induced lockdown was over.
He expressed concern that some Zambian citizens could not exit South Africa or renew their visitors permits due to the lockdown which was expected to last for 21 days.
General Miti mentioned that the South African government has since indicated that foreign nationals whose visas will expire during the lockdown period would not be declared undesirable but allowed to leave the country once the movement ban was lifted.
He said Zambians wishing to travel back to Zambia should wait until the South African government lifted the COVID-19 induced lockdown, expected to be reviewed on 16th April 2020.
General Miti further mentioned that affected Zambians who intend to submit their details to the Mission should make use of digital platforms as physical contacts with members of staff would not be possible.
South Africa has gone into a twenty-one-day lockdown from 27th March to 16th April 2020 in a bid to contain the spread of coronavirus in the country which has so far infected one thousand three hundred and fifty-three people countrywide.
Mrs Naomi Nyawali
First Secretary Press and Public Relations
Zambia High Commission South Africa
APPROVED BY THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS