South Africa is working towards allowing all African citizens to enter the country without visas.

For a start, trusted travellers like diplomats, officials, academics, business people and students will be the only ones to benefit.

The Department of Home Affairs outlined the steps that will be taken towards scrapping visa requirements in its latest White Paper on International Migration but has not made it public yet.

The African Union’s Agenda 2063, championed by former AU Commission Chairperson, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, calls for the scrapping of visa requirements for all African citizens travelling on the continent by 2018 based on the African Renaissance.

According to the White Paper, South Africa fully supports the vision of an Africa where its citizens can move more freely across national borders, where intra-Africa trade is encouraged and there is greater integration and development of the continent.