ABOUT 25, 000 people used the Zambia and Zimbabwe Kaza Uniform visa (UNIVISA) during the pilot stage between 2014 and 2015, says tourism permanent secretary Stephen Mwansa.
Mr Mwansa said that was the total number of available stickers which were issued during the pilot stage.
“25, 000 people used the Zam-Zim Kaza Univisa during the pilot stage between 2014 and 2015.The pilot performed well though there were technical challenges which were experienced,” he said.
He said Lusaka and Harare had finalised plans to restart issuing the Kaza Univisa on a full scale.
Mr Mwansa said once the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed, the two countries would start issuing the Kaza Univisa at their respective borders.
“The initial Univisa project between Zimbabwe and Zambia was very successful and we are just waiting for Zimbabwe to finalise the review of the MoU so that we can sign and resume with the project.
“The Kaza Univisa will facilitate easy movement across the partner countries for all travellers as well as increase length of stay in the region,” he said.
Mr Mwansa also said the two Governments had agreed to embed the KAZA Univisa system into the existing immigration management systems of both countries.
He said this was in an effort to solve the challenges which were faced during the pilot stage.
The Kaza Univisa is a common tourist Visa for the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region which was successfully piloted by Zambia and Zimbabwe in 2014 and 2015.