Business Travel News Update - July 2016

Traveller walking to plane
Travel News 19 Jul 2016
A Turkish Airlines representative has confirmed that flights have returned to normal schedules but that passengers can expect delays. This includes flights to Johannesburg, however flights to and from the US have been suspended until further notice. 
 
According to reports, the US Federal Aviation Administration has banned all flights originating from Turkey due to security concerns at Ataturk airport. The FAA has also banned US aircraft from landing in Turkey.
 
 
Airlink has opened a business-class lounge at Pretoria’s Wonderboom Airport called the Airlink Grey Sunbird Lounge.
 
Business-class customers and selected Voyager members – gold, platinum and lifetime platinum – plus one guest, can enjoy complimentary WiFi and refreshments in the lounge.
 
 
 
Air Botswana has added a Wednesday flight to its Maun-Johannesburg service, with effect from July 1, bringing the service to daily.
 
The Wednesday flight will depart Maun at 13h50 and arrive in Johannesburg at 15h50. The return flight will take off from Johannesburg at 11h10 and touchdown in Maun at 13h10.
 
 
 
Ghana’s visa-on-arrival policy for African citizens has not yet been implemented.
 
This contradicts numerous newspaper reports that the West African country had started issuing visas on arrival from July 8.
 
Spokesperson for the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) at Kotoka International Airport in Accra, told TAM that travellers still needed to apply at the Ghana Embassy or High Commission in their country of residence for a visa prior to travelling to Ghana. “We haven’t received any official documentation as yet, which is why we haven’t implemented the new measures. Travellers are still advised to apply for a visa prior to travelling to Ghana. People who arrive without visa do so at their own risk,” he said.
 
Only in cases of emergency, travellers can ask for a visa-on-arrival, according to the GIS spokesperson. However, a request for this ‘entry permit’ has to be filed by the Ghanaian host on behalf of the traveller with the Director of Immigration in Ghana. If granted, the ‘emergency entry permit’ is valid for only 14 days.
 
The High Commission in Pretoria also told TAM that the much-anticipated visa-on-arrival for AU citizens had not been implemented.
 
The reports refer to an ‘official statement’ issued by the GIS on July 8, and reportedly signed by Francis Palmdeti, the Head of Public Affairs of GIS. The statement indicates that the visa-on-arrival programme will be piloted at the Kotoka International Airport for three months before being extended to other points of entry.
 
The statement reportedly reads: “The Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) wishes to bring to the attention of the general public that, with immediate effect, all African Union (AU) Nationals whose countries do not have a visa-free agreement with Ghana would be able to obtain visas on arrival at the Kotoka International Airport [KIA].
 
“All AU nationals affected by the policy who arrive in the country must have a passport, valid for at least three months from the date of entry; they must have a return ticket or evidence of onward travel; they must show evidence of sufficient funds and proof of accommodation before they are granted visas.
 
“All such visas would be issued for validity of 30 days; they would be subject to the provisions of Section 4 of the Immigration Act, 2000 (Act 573), which applies to all travellers entering Ghana.” 
 
 
The Government of Uganda has introduced the online visa application system with effect from
July 1. 
 
Anyone intending to come to Uganda for tourism, business, study, medical or other reasons are required to apply and obtain a visa online. Types of visas that can be applied for online include multiple-entry, diplomatic and official, ordinary, East Africa tourist visa and transit visa.
 
Applications should be submitted at the following link: https://visas.immigration.go.ug/.
 
Through the month of July, it will still be possible to get visas on arrival. However, travellers will have to go through the electronic application process at the port of entry. This will only apply during July, after which all visa applications must be made online.
 
The decision taken on the application will be sent electronically through the email provided by the applicant. If approved, an approval letter will be sent as an attachment to the email provided. Travellers will need to print out the approval letter and present it together with a valid passport/travel document at the port of entry.
 
The approval letter sent by email or downloaded through the Uganda electronic Visa/Permit web site establishes that you are eligible for the approved visa or permit, but does not establish that your applicant is definitely approved. This final approval will be done at the selected point of entry (in the case of a visa) or at the Immigration Office Headquarters where the visa or permit sticker will be printed and it will be pasted to the passport.
 
This story has been updated since it was first published.
 
Source: www.tam.co.za