South Africa's new visa rules are turning visitors away – Quartz

South Africa's new visa rules are turning visitors away – Quartz
Under South Africa's new visa requirements, anyone traveling with a minor under the age of 18–either to and from South Africa–is required to present an unabridged birth certificate at the port of entry in South Africa, in addition to a normal passport …
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The Statesman: Logjam in Parliament
The External Affairs Ministry, which issues passports, had said that Geelani's “application could not be processed in its present form.” The denial of passport to Geelani was said to be because he had not spelt out his nationality in the passport form …
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South Africa rakes in R210m from Zimbabweans
That is the cost to 242,000 Zimbabweans eligible to apply to renew their four-year work permits under a special dispensation called the Zimbabwe Special Permits (ZSP). Already, South Africa's Home Affairs Department chief director for permits, Jack …
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US Embassy closure in observance of the Emancipation Day holiday

US Embassy closure in observance of the Emancipation Day holiday
… of the U.S. Embassy's Consular Section via telephone: 242-322-1181. General information on Consular services, including procedures for obtaining or renewing a passport or visa, is available on the U.S. Embassy's website at http://nassau.usembassy.gov.
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Ten year passports to be brought back?
Internet Affairs Minister Peter Dunne's asked officials to look at whether 10-year passports can be brought back, given advances in security that have made ours hard to fake. But he warns our passport fees – which are already higher than most …
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South Africa approves Zimbabweans' permits program
Reporter Tatenda Gumbo spoke to Ngqabutho Mabhena, chairman of the Zimbabwe Community in South Africa, who says he welcomes the decision by the Pretoria government in approving proposals to renew the permits. Thousands of Zimbabweans work in South …
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SURROGATE UPDATE: Japanese 'father' abandons surrogate babies

SURROGATE UPDATE: Japanese 'father' abandons surrogate babies
Police acting on tip-off find Japanese businessman's condo has 9 babies, 7 nannies and a 20-year-old pregnant woman. Japanese man claims to be biological father of all. The scanned page of Shigeta Mitsutoki's passport as acquired upon his departure for …
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Passport scam at Zim's borders with South Africa and Botswana
Corruption at the Zimbabwe's borders with South Africa and Botswana continues unabated with unscrupulous immigration officers from either country allegedly making a killing out of illegally stamping passports of Zimbabwean nationals who would have …
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Public Wi-Fi users in Russia will have to log on with ID, reports say
UPDATE (1.30am PT): There is some confusion over this story at the moment. Contrary to the Izvestia and other reports cited below, ITAR-TASS is quoting a Moscow city official as saying the registration requirements only apply to public access points …
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