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Travel could soon become a whole lot easier.

citizenship second passports

(Photo – Walter Jackson)

South African passports, many South African’s who are eligible, clamber to get their hands on a British passport. With Brexit’s article 50 about to be officially triggered, it might be time for many to keep it simple (and much much cheaper) and stick to the South African passport. New plans are being put in place that could soon see a South African passport allow you to go back and forth, no hassle.

The South African Development Community (SADC) has announced their plans to introduce a new regional law which would see all member countries holding a common passport. Traveller24 reports that this would not only allow for easy travel between borders, but also allow for a single travel document for international travel.

At the AU conference last year we saw the introduction of an AU passport for dignitaries and officials. The ultimate goals was to extend the travel document to all Africans.  Ramadhani Mwinyi is the Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He also confirmed to Traveller24 that the department is working to ensure that individuals from member states only use one passport as international travel document across the globe.

“The current work between member states was to integrate systems to ensure an East African national who is also a member of SADC carries only one travel document,”

These countries currently make up the SADC:

  • Angola
  • Botswana
  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Lesotho
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Mauritius
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Seychelles
  • Tanzania
  • South Africa
  • Swaziland
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

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As they often are though, Home Affairs is a bit of a buzz kill on the plans. A Home affairs spokesperson has confirmed that at this time they “did not think the document was feasible.”  Mayihlome Tshwete clarified why to BusinessTech.

“There are many preconditions that need to be met first. If we use the EU as an example there are clear considerations of infrastructure, growth of the economy and record-keeping that would need to be met first.”

So in summary, it is in the works but don’t count your chicken just yet. Maybe with the current xenophobic climate in SA, it would be best to keep things as they are for now?