Why Ireland stopped free visa travel for South Africans

By Travel Reporter Mar 18, 2021

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Ireland’s Minister for Justice Helen McEntee has extended the ban on visa-free travel to Ireland from South Africa due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

In the past, South African travellers were able to visit Ireland without a visa to enjoy attractions like The Cliffs of Moher and Kylemore Abbey.

However, Ireland implemented a ban on visa travel to South Africa as well as countries like Brazil, Peru, Ecuador and Chile, to name but a few, earlier this year due to the new Covid-19 strain.


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emergency doctor being forced to travel abroad slams Australia’s visa rules

An emergency doctor has slammed Australia’s visa policies as “madness” and “dangerous” after he and his partner were told they must fly abroad and return to obtain a family visa.

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The federal government has been under fire over requirements baked into some visa categories that compel applicants to be outside the country at the time they are granted. The rules have forced applicants to travel out of Australia, stay offshore for several days, then return – a requirement described as “madness” during a global pandemic.

calendar: ‘I understand the risks of travelling abroad,’ says the doctor, who calls Australia’s visas rules dangerous. ‘I’ve seen this virus first-hand.’

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