The requirements will apply to holders of ordinary passports of Bangladesh and Pakistan. Eight illegal migrants were found in a fire hydrant at OR Tambo International Airport in June.

JOHANNESBURG – The Ministry of Home Affairs has announced the reinstatement of transit visas for Bangladeshi and Pakistani ordinary passport holders.

Eight illegal migrants were found in a fire hydrant at OR Tambo International Airport in June.

In 2015 – the Ministry of Internal Affairs stopped issuing transit visas to people who were passing through the country to neighboring countries. Interior Minister Aaron Matsoaledi said this had led to an increase in crime.

“Some of the travelers from the mentioned country on their way to the transit visa escape, pass through some passageways and hydrants and enter South Africa illegally.”

Motsoaledi said the recent arrival of Bangladeshi and Pakistani nationals on a Qatar Airways flight under the guise of transit has led to tougher rules for other travelers from those countries.

“Some of them continue their transit journey to a neighboring country and once there, they find a way to enter South Africa illegally through our borders,” Motsoaledi explained.

According to him, these migrants undermine the security and sovereignty of the state. The new rules went into effect earlier this month.

Motsoaledi said he was talking to Tourism SA to ensure proper preparations were made for visas.

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