Waive visa fees for tourists visiting Zambia

Tourism and Arts Minister, Sylvia Masebo says she will soon table before cabinet appeals to waive Visa fees for tourists visiting Zambia.

Ms Masebo says this follows appeals by some Lodge owners in Livingstone who have told informed her that tourist arrivals have been dwindling due to prohibitive tourist visa fees currently pegged at 50 US dollars per person.

The Minister says she will consult widely before taking the matter to cabinet for possible consideration.

Ms Masebo held a meeting with Lodge owners in Livingstone to discuss cross cutting issues affecting the hospitality industry.

And Ms Masebo says the Ministry of Health has written to the World Health Organisation demanding that Zambia be removed from a list of countries affected by Yellow Fever because the country is not affected by the disease.

This came after Kuba Crafts representative Frederick Wilson said the yellow fever requirement and Visa fees have proved counterproductive in boosting tourist arrivals.

Mr Wilson says there is also need to harmonise the various payments demanded from tourists.

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