What is the change? Zambia and Angola have agreed to implement a visa-free travel arrangement between the two countries.  

What does the change mean? Zambian and Angolan nationals will be able to visit each other’s countries without first obtaining a visa. The arrangement is expected to allow tourists to stay in each country for up to 90 days in a 12-month period and to allow business visitors to stay in each country for up to 30 days in a 12-month period.

  • Implementation time frame: Ongoing. The agreement should go into effect after each country confirms it by completing all required country-specific legal formalities.
  • Visas/permits affected: Visa waiver/exemption.
  • Who is affected: Zambian and Angolan nationals traveling between the two countries.
  • Impact on processing times: The change will save individuals the time it takes to obtain a visa before travel.

Background: The agreement was announced during Angolan President João Lourenco’s recent state visit to Zambia. The two countries also announced several other agreements to strengthen trade and development.

BAL Analysis: The visa waiver is welcome news, as it will make travel between Zambia and Angola significantly easier for frequent travelers, including business visitors. Those with questions about what activities are permitted on the visa waiver should contact BAL.

This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice group in Mozambique. For additional information, please contact africa@bal.com.

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