Nearly 5000 tourists have to date used the Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA) univisa facility which Zambia and Zimbabwe revived and re-started from the 21st of December last year when the two countries signed a new memorandum of understanding.

The KAZA univisa facility facilitates entry and exit of tourists from 65 countries in group ‘b’ of visa regime in the two countries using one visa obtained either side.

Giving an update on the implementation of the KAZA univisa programme at a media briefing in Harare, the Principal Director – Immigration, Mr Clemence Masango said the new facility started well with nearly 5000 tourists using the facility to date, translating to US$213 900.

Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) Chief Executive, Mr Karikoga Kaseke said the tourism sector welcomes the KAZA univisa facility as it facilitates destination accessibility.

Mr Kaseke revealed that the open sky policy by the government and expansion of Victoria Falls International Airport have yielded results as more airlines are coming to Zimbabwe with Turkish Airlines being the latest to show interest while Ethiopian Airlines is expected to touch base on the 23rd of this month.

The KAZA univisa project was launched on 28 November 2014 on a pilot basis to facilitate entry and exit of delegates to the 2013 UNWTO General Assembly, which was co-hosted by the two countries.

The pilot project was initially set to end on 31 May 2015 but was extended to 31 December 2015.

The two countries later engaged in discussions that resulted in the signing of a new memorandum of understanding on 21 December 2016 in Livingstone, Zambia.

The KAZA univisa facility is being implemented and is available at Harare International Airport, Victoria Falls International Airport, Victoria Falls land boarder, Kazungula, Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport in Zambia, Livingston land boarder and Kenneth Kaunda International Airport.