Angola is open for business with more relaxed visa requirements

The Angolan government has been introducing several initiatives to encourage investment and business opportunities.

One of his first initiatives was to relax the visa requirements for countries like Botswana, Mauritius, the Seychelles, Zimbabwe and Singapore.

Citizens from Namibia, South Africa, Mozambique, the Cape Verde, Rwanda and Zambia can enter Angola without having to apply for a business or tourist visa.

"It is clearly an effort by the Angolan government to encourage business and investments into the country, and to alleviate the unavailability of foreign currency in the country and the challenges behind that,” says Tarissa Wareley, immigration specialist at Xpatweb.

She says another innovative decision is to allow people to conduct business under a tourist visa. This is a concession to investors from countries which are still required to enter the country with a visa.

Wareley says the government has also extended the validity of the tourist visa from 90 days to 120 days.

The introduction of e-visa applications has streamlined the process to allow for easy access into the country. The e-visa will be issued within 24 hours.

The normal processing times for visas range anything between two to three weeks. If there is an urgent need for a business or investors to enter Angola it will no longer be subjected to this delay.

The government is also allowing foreign nationals to partner with an Angolan national to set up a business, without having to invest at least $500 000.

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