It’s been one year of visa-free travelling for South Africans and Russians.
On 1 April 2017, South African and Russian governments officially introduced visa-free travel for their citizens to mark the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. This of course, only applies to the visitor’s visa and not intent to study, work or live in the other country.
Seventy two days from now, Russia will be hosting the Fifa World Cup 2018, so visa-traveling has a made it easy and more cost-effective for South Africans to plan their trip it a lot easier for South Africans to plan a trip without the concerns of incurring visa costs as an added hassle.
President Cyril Ramaphosa recently reiterated the importance of the South Africa’s relations with members of BRICS, and upon speaking to Russian President Vladmir Putin, shared his excitement over the upcoming BRICS Summit, to be hosted by SA in July this year.
A statement released by the Presidency reads:
“President Ramaphosa said Russia remained an important partner to South Africa and Africa at large, as evidenced by its support for countries of the South in multilateral fora and associations such as BRICS. President Putin reciprocated by congratulating President Ramaphosa on his assumption of the Presidency and said the Russian Federation stood ready to deepen bilateral relations, notably in the economic terrain.”
“President Ramaphosa looks forward to hosting President Putin at the BRICS Summit in July, which will signify the beginning of the second decade of cooperation among this group of emerging markets which have a range of developmental advances and challenges in common.”