South Africa Looks for South Africa United Kingdom Visa Free Travel

In May 2019, the following non-EU passports were added to the UK egates:

  • Canada
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • Singapore
  • United States
  • Japan
  • South Korea

Many people were wondering why South African passports weren’t also added. It appears that this week, that South African Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsolaledi is looking to amend this however he admits that there has been problems in the past which ultimately ended up with the UK restricting all South Africans.

We used to enter the UK visa-free, but unfortunately, something happened some years back where there were complaints where other nations were able to forge our passport. We have improved, our passports are harder to forge now and we think the UK should reconsider.

Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi

That being said, these days however the passport is not just a piece of paper and the piece of paper part in any case has a large number of fluorescent markers, similar to the difference in old to new bank notes, making it harder to illegally copy. The physical passport will also be linked to a South African database which following an agreement between South Africa and the UK, the UK will be able to link its Electronic Travel Authorisation system to check whether the passport is genuine. There may also be facial and fingerprint checks at the egates just to make sure everything with the person travelling checks out.

On the other hand, the South African Travel Advice by the UK Government deems South Africa as having a far higher level of violent crime that the other countries it has added to its e-gates.

The corruption index of South Africa is also substantially lower (higher is better) than the CANZUK countries (87 New Zealand, 85 Singapore, 81 Canada, 80 United Kingdom, 77 Australia, 76 Hong Kong, 73 Japan, 71 United States, 57 South Korea versus 43 South Africa).

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