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South Africa puts 59 countries on its ‘banned leisure travel list’

South Africa has anxiously been waiting for this announcement since we moved to LEVEL 1  As an immigration company, the closing of the borders in South Africa resulted in our services coming to a halt and our staff members, like many other South Africans had to make huge compromises. Working remotely was the most unlikely of them.   The immigration, travel and tourism sectors, in general, are very excited about this new development.  After weeks of speculation...

Our new normal – what will change indefinitely?

South Africa will soon be opening its borders to international travelers and dropping some of the harshest lockdown measures taken by any country. Spring is in the air and South Africans are looking forward to enjoying it much more than in the past, given the long winter months stuck at home. With a sense of going back to...

2020-10-01T09:29:57+01:00Oct 1st, 2020|Categories: Immigration, International, Legal Development, SA Economy News, SA Politics|Tags: , |

From the desk of the CEO

In the past weeks, I received plenty of messages from clients, thanking me for my candour in our monthly newsletters. I appreciate these kind words as they motivate me to continue in the same vein. Every month I sit in front of a blank screen and try to find the right balance between speaking about politics in South Africa and IBN matters. Many of the people who receive the newsletter, may not have the same interests but a considerable number of them share my personal views. South Africa has moved down to level 2. Our economy is open and nearly

2020-08-26T07:00:06+01:00Aug 26th, 2020|Categories: Immigration, SA Economy News|Tags: , , , |

From the desk of the CEO

The importance of tourism is evident with plenty of guesthouses available. During our two nights stay only one restaurant and one café was open. The restaurant “The Rude Chef served the most amazing food, trust me, and remained opened for 3 hours in the evening serving Merlot and Sauvignon Rose and a very interesting, strong tea. The café was only open in the afternoon.  From the approximately 20 guest houses on offer, only two were open. On our way back...

Foreigners in limbo about their visa status for South Africa

On 26 March 2020 the South African government published directions in terms of regulations of the Disaster Management act of 2002 as a response to the global covid-19 pandemic. One particular section with severe consequences is section 5 where it stipulates that foreigners with temporary residence for South Africa, but residing in high risk countries as per the date of publication, have their visas revoked. The list of high-risk countries at the time consisted of the USA, UK, South Korea, Italy Iran...

2020-05-29T15:34:38+01:00May 29th, 2020|Categories: Immigration, International, SA Economy News|

For the future traveler

Covid-19's been having such a severe impact on the world. We witnessed how other countries were infected and the impact it had on them, not realizing that soon it would be something we would face as well. South Africa was in total shock and individuals went into a panic state when President Ramaphosa announced a national disaster and a complete lockdown of the country on 15 March 2020. All our employees were faced with different fears and obstacles. Some had to travel far to go and be with their families who are in ...

2020-04-30T14:33:23+01:00Apr 30th, 2020|Categories: Immigration, Legal Development, SA Economy News|
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