Zimbabwe and Zambia have signed a memorandum of understanding that marks the re-launch of the Kavango Zambezi Trans-Frontier Conservation Area univisa, to facilitate the smooth movement of tourists between the two countries.
The Minster of Home Affairs Dr Ignatius Chombo and his Zambian counterpart Mr Steven Kampyongo signed the MOU at a ceremony held in Livingstone, Zambia.
The re-launch of the Kaza-univisa follows the expiry of the pilot project which was launched on the 28th of November 2014 and expired on the 31st of December last year.
The pilot phase had 41 participating countries while the current phase will see 65 countries participating after the government revised its visa regime earlier this year.
Dr Chombo told delegates attending the signing ceremony that the newly signed MOU was stimulated by an overwhelming demand of the Kaza-univisa by the tourism sector and will run for two years.
“The Kaza univisa allows entry into both the Republic of Zimbabwe and Zambia for a period of 30 days at a cost of US$50 only. This amount also covers day trip to Chobe National Park in Botswana through the Kazungula Border Post. This will bring both convenience and a reduction in cost to tourists thereby improving the destination competitiveness,” said Dr Chombo.
Zambian Minister of Home Affairs Mr Steven Kampyongo expressed confidence the Kaza univisa programme will live up the expectations of the two countries by facilitating a smooth movement of tourists between the two countries.
Tourism and Hospitality Industry Minister Engineer Walter Mzembi, represented by his Deputy Cde Annastacia Ndlovu and his Zambian counterpart Mr Charles Banda, says the revival of the univisa is a milestone achievement which will culminate in an upsurge in tourist arrivals in the two countries.
The concept of the univisa was crafted after the two countries successfully co-hosted the 20th Session of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation General Assembly in August 2013, with the objective of improving accessibility though visa costs reduction and smooth movement of tourists.