Please note this applies to countries that do not require a formal visa application process. South African Citizens need to still apply for a visa through the usual channels.
As of October 1 2019, travellers from 60 visa waiver countries will need an NZeTA (New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority). Travellers who attempt to travel without an NZeTA from this time will be denied boarding.
This change will only apply to passport holders from countries that currently do not require a visa to travel to New Zealand.
Affected countries include Canada, Croatia, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Portugal, Greece, Ireland, the UK and Italy.
The NZeTA request costs NZD $12 (R112) when completed online and NZD $9 (R84) when completed on Immigration New Zealand’s app. The International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy is NZD $35 (R326) and is paid at the same time as the NZeTA.
Click here to access the NZeTA request form that will be available from late July. [source etnw]
Emirates has announced a surcharge on all Winter flights (South African Summer) flights. This means all Economy flights will cost a little bit more.
A surcharge of US$40 (R557) will be added to tickets for flights travelling into Dubai between December 13 and 21, and again between January 2 and 6. Flights out of Dubai between January 2 and 12 will also have the charge added.
This means the peak flights tickets will be even more expensive. If you have already booked your December flights well done, you are probably saving close to R1000 per ticket.
Visitors to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) which includes Dubai and Abu Dhabi will be receiving a free SIM card on arrival.
This SIM card will be loaded with 3 internal minutes of airtime and 20GB of data. This data is really useful for messaging and Uber.
Even though there are numerous free WiFi hotspots this SIM is useful for areas where the WiFi signal drops.
I personally found this an issue when trying to call an Uber from the mall and as I waited outside the signal was too weak.
The SIM can be recharged with a credit card or at any point of sale, just like all other sims bought across the UAE.
The card will be given to the visitor at immigration and will automatically be activated and registered in the name of the traveller. No documentation is required to obtain the sim.
The sim cards will be valid for a month and will automatically be renewed if the tourist extends their visa.
Visitors can expect to receive these SIM cards as of 16 June 2019
Nico Bezuidenhout returns to Mango as permanent CEO from 1 October 2019. Nico was the CEO of Mango for 13 years before moving in 2016 to FastJet.
This appointment by Zukisa Ramasia acting CEO of SAA (of which Mango is a subsidiary) is part of the group’s efforts to recover from years of losses.
The 42-year-old South African previously held the post for nearly a decade until 2016, when he joined Fastjet following tensions between the then-CEO and No.2 shareholder, easyJet founder Stelios Haji-Ioannou.
Fastjet, which operates in South Africa, Mozambique and Zimbabwe, Nico assisted in saving the company from going under after striking a deal to raise funds late last year.
We look forward to this appointment and wish Nico and the team all the best in saving our countries national