From the 1st of December 2014, a new uni-visa system will be implemented at Zambian/Zimbabwean borders and will mean that visitors to both countries will require only one visa. This applies to all 40 countries that currently require visas for either country.

The new visa regime is premised on an increasing number of joint ventures between Zambia and Zimbabwe that have looked to improve the lives of citizens in both countries in recent years, as well as on the new “open border” policy that  was used between the two countries when they co-hosted the United Nations World Tourism Organization General Assembly in 2013.

The new visa system will be applied at Livingstone and Lusaka airports and the border posts at Victoria Falls and Kazangula. The visa, which is to be called the Kaza visa, will cost $50 and will last for one month.

The system has been financed by the World Bank and has cost around USD$800,000.

Speaking during commemorations of Zambia’s 50th anniversary of Independence in Harare at the end of October, Zambia’s foreign envoy Ndiyoi Mutiti said that the new visa would boost tourism in both countries.

It is understood that Namibia, Botswana and Angola will join the scheme after the initial six months.