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Asata ‘frustrated’ over new Irish visa requirement

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Asata has expressed frustration at the Irish government’s abrupt decision to impose visa requirements on South African travellers, effective today (July 10).

Although the change had been under consideration for some time, the sudden implementation has caught many travel agents and travellers off guard, particularly during the peak European summer season.

“While we understand the need for governments to review and adjust immigration policies, the lack of notice and immediate implementation of this decision is regrettable,” said Asata CEO, Otto de Vries.

“Ireland has long been a favoured destination for South Africans, and this change will undoubtedly impact travel between our two nations.”

The new visa requirement poses a significant challenge for travellers who have already made plans to visit Ireland, as well as those considering future trips.

Asata is concerned about the additional financial burden the visa application process will place on travellers and the potential for disruptions to existing travel plans.

“In light of this sudden change, it is more important than ever for travellers to turn to trusted travel advisers who can provide accurate information and support,” added De Vries. “Asata members are committed to helping South Africans navigate these new challenges and continue to explore the world.”

Asata also called on the Irish government to consider providing a more extended grace period or transitional arrangements to minimise disruption for travellers who have already made plans.

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