NEW ENTRY AND TRANSIT VISA REQUIREMENTS FOR CERTAIN AFRICAN COUNTRIES AMENDED
We refer to our previous blog on 30th November 2021:
The Minister for Justice has amended the entry visa and transit visa requirements for nationals of South Africa, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho and Namibia.
The priority categories for which visa applications will be accepted and processed has been amended and severely reduced to the following:
- has obtained or is entitled to apply for a right of residence under EU Free Movement;
- has a valid Residence Permission in the State under the immigration Acts (including persons covered by the interim arrangements that apply from 15 November 2021 to 15 January 2021
- is a family member of an Irish citizen
- has not been in one of the following countries (South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe) in the previous 14 days prior to the date of travel to the State;
- is a diplomat and to whom the privileges and immunities conferred by an international agreement or arrangement or customary international law apply in the State, pursuant to the Diplomatic Relations and Immunities Acts 1967 to 2006 or any other enactment or the Constitution.
This is severely reduced from the previous notice, which included employment permit holders and all join family visa applications.
Affected persons should also take note of the Minister’s note of caution that further changes may take place at short notice.
If this affects you or your family, please get in contact with Berkeley Solicitors to discuss your case.