Visa-free travel between Russian Federation and the Republic of South Africa

Visa-free travel between Russian Federation and the Republic of South Africa
On 30th of March, the protocol, signed between Russia and South Africa, will come into force, enabling the possibility to travel between the countries without a Visa for 90 days.This possibility is granted to people who hold foreign travel passports and are visiting country for tourism purposes or passing through it.
 
The official announcement was made on 6th of March on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia. It was stated that new regulations are limited only to the people transiting through country or visiting it for tourism. People traveling with intention to engage in business, education or willing to move for residence are subject to the regular Visa procedures.
 
It was expected that the protocol would come into force already by the end of February 2017, as the decree was signed by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev already on 19th of January. Nonetheless, due to the prolonged exchange of diplomatic notes between the countries, the  date of enactment has moved to the end of this month.