Government through the Ministry of Finance has completed the process of printing unified visas for foreign visitors to Zambia and Zimbabwe, commonly known as Kaza visas.
Commenting on the development in Lusaka this morning, finance minister Felix Mutati is confident that the completion of the printing process and subsequent issuance of the Kaza visa will have exponential benefits to the Zambian tourism industry.
Mr. Mutati notes that with Zambia’s relatively stable exchange rate coupled with low inflation at 6.3%, the issuance of Kaza visas will result in increased tourist inflows adding that stable macroeconomic fundamentals are critical to investment planning, including planning for festive holidays by both domestic and foreign tourists.
The minister stressed that the Kaza visa is a practical example of governments’ efforts to reduce the cost of doing business and will be available, through the Zambia immigration department, to citizens of 65 countries which coincide with those who are eligible to receive visas on arrival in both Zambia and Zimbabwe.
He said eligible visitors under the initiative will only be issued one visa, stocked by both Zambia and Zimbabwe, to enable them enter both countries.