Russia, Namibia consider abolishment of travel visa requirements

21 Nov 2018 16:40pm
WINDHOEK, 21 NOV (NAMPA) – The Russian and Namibian governments are considering the abolishment of their travel visa requirements.
This was revealed by Political Affairs Officer at the Russian Embassy in Namibia, Yury Tsvetkov during a media conference here on Wednesday.
Tsvetkov said this also forms part of a new memorandum of understanding between Russia and the Southern African Development Community (SADC), aimed at encouraging more Russian companies to enter the huge and prospective African market.
Currently, Namibians travelling to Russia are required to apply for a visa which allows them entry into that country, however, Namibia’s visa policy allows for Russian citizens to enter the country without a visa for a maximum stay of three months.
A travel visa is a conditional authorisation granted by a country to a foreign national, allowing them to enter and remain within a host country.
Tsvetkov indicated that a draft agreement had been entered into and is currently with the Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation for consideration on conditions for Namibians to travel to Russia and vice versa.
“It will benefit Namibian students that are planning or already studying in Russia,” he stated.
He noted that economic and humanitarian cooperation between the two countries was important and that as a result, the embassy was looking at all the business opportunities available in Namibia to attract Russian investors.
“We need to do more especially in the framework of the intergovernmental commission. There are strategic areas of cooperation being discussed. There are three working groups on fisheries, geology and mining,” he said.
Tsvetkov added that there was also interest in the participation of Russian companies in developing Namibian ports into regional infrastructure hubs.