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Visa fees to be reduced

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By Patience Lunda, Contributor:

The government, through the Department of Tourism, has disclosed that tourist visa fees would be reduced from $75 [about K54,475) to $50 [approximately K35,650] in line with regional prices.

The development comes amid concerns that the Malawi visa is very expensive when compared to other countries in Southern Africa.

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The expensive visa hinders some tourists from visiting Malawi, a development which, in turn, deprives the country of the much needed revenue.

Director of Tourism, Isaac Kapotola, said they held talks with the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Department of Immigration and Citizenship Services to reconsider the visa price.

“In the current MGDS [Malawi Growth and Development Strategy], the Malawi government has realised that tourism has a role to play [in the development of the country] and that is why it is a priority sector in the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy Three. This is the reason tourist visa prices needed to be revised to be in line with regional prices,” he said.

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Concurring with Katopola, Deputy Dean of Tourism at Mzuzu University, Matthew Lambulira, said neighbouring countries offer competitive rates.

“Neighbouring countries posed a threat to Malawi tourism because their tourist visa was cheaper than ours and most African countries offer similar tourism products so it was easy to substitute Malawi with another country because of the tiresome visa processing,” he said.

He also called for the revision of hotel prices, saying they are expensive as locals cannot afford them.

In Zambia, Zimbabwe and Tanzania visa fees are also pegged at $50 but these countries have more attractions for tourists.

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