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Emiratis set to be added to South Africa's visa waiver list

Passport-holding Emiratis will be exempt from pre-entry visas to visit South Africa from Thursday

Emiratis set to be added to South Africa's visa waiver list

Passport-holding Emiratis will soon be exempt from pre-entry visas to visit South Africa, it was announced on Wednesday.

According to the South African Department of Home Affairs, the UAE has been added to the visa waiver list, with the possibility of UAE citizens travelling to South Africa to stay for a period up to 90 days.

The ruling is effective as of Thursday, state news agency WAM reported.

Ahmed Sari Al Mazrouei, Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, said that the visa waiver decision by the South African government reflects the strong ties between the two countries, and the prominent international status that the UAE has attained on the global scale, opening up further horizons for its citizens.

Earlier this year, it was reported that the UAE is closing in on a top 20 place in the list of the world's most powerful passports.

The latest edition of the Henley Passport Index ranked the UAE 21st globally with a visa-free/visa-on-arrival score of 165.

Henley said this current score marks an extraordinary ascent from the position the UAE held a decade ago, when the country shared joint 61st place with Thailand and Zimbabwe and had a visa-free/visa-on-arrival score of just 52.

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