MoHAI scraps work permits and visas for conservation tourism

23 Sep 2019 15:40pm
WINDHOEK, 23 SEP (NAMPA) – The Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration (MoHAI) has announced that conservation tourism is now regarded as normal tourism and as such, do not require employment permits or work visas.
Spokesperson Sakeus Kadhikwa in a media statement here Monday explained that individuals who intend to enter the country specifically as conservation tourism operators and with tourists will no longer need employment permits and work visas but now only need a holiday or tourist visa.
He said that conservation tourism is now considered to be under the umbrella of tourism instead of separate from it.
“The ministry is aware that this is an emerging form of tourism and therefore, it took into consideration after extensive consultations, the direct benefits to operators in the tourism industry and so, effected this change in regulation,” Kadhikwa noted.
Conservative tourism includes paying tourists at the farms and their accompanying teams who feed animals in conservation farms that choose to experience the wildlife as well as the operators in the tourism industry.
He went on to say that those who enter Namibia for research at the conservation farms and for veterinary purposes will require employment permits and work visas.