The Unites States Embassy in South Africa has come to debunk rumors that President Trump waived visa requirements for South Africans willing to travel to the US
The American embassy based in Pretoria referred to the news circulating the social media as fake, pointing out that the travel requirements have not changed.
Fake news website claimed that Trump signed an executive order waiving the visa requirements in order to strengthen ties between the US and South Africa. It went further to falsely reports that South Africans with dual citizenship with any Muslim country would be banned from the US.
“The new order, serving as a change in visa policy for South Africans traveling to the United States, would permit them stay in the U.S for a maximum period of 180 days for Tourism or Business purposes only. Stay over 180 days would therefore require a visa.”
“Trump says this measure is to strengthen trade between the United States and South Africa.”
“However, South Africans who hold dual nationality will be banned from entering the United States if their other passport is from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen — the seven Muslim-majority countries “of concern” reported the fake news.
In reaction against this, the American embassy spokesperson Cynthia Harvey said: “This information is incorrect. South African passport holders still require a visa for travel to the US
“There are no press-releases from the White House regarding any visa-free policies and the article being shared is the only one un-reputable source reporting on the story.”
Trump recently signed an executive order that banned citizens from seven countries from travelling into the U.S. for 90 days. Though his travel ban did not affect South Africans, there has been growing concern about SA relationship with the country under the new leadership.
The worries were spearheaded by Trump’s perception about South Africa long before he became US 45th president. Trump wrote in 2013 wrote: “I really like Nelson Mandela but South Africa is a crime-ridden mess that is just waiting to explode – not a good situation for the people!”
Then in 2015 he tweeted: “As I have long been saying, South Africa is a total – and very dangerous – mess. Just watch the evening news (when not talking about weather).”
Nevertheless, it is believed that the US-SA relations has remained strong as President Jacob Zuma noted in his congratulatory message to Trump during his inauguration.
Trump has maintained he would prioritize the US safety in the face of the growing wars against an Islamic Terrorist group, Isis and in a way to put his words to work, the US Justice Dept so far revealed that over 100,000 visas have been revoked despite appeals court’s rejection of the ban to travel to the US
His speech at his inauguration was oozing nationalism, with the “America First” theme hinting at an overhaul in foreign and trade policy. He said Americans have to turn their wealth inwards and also to straighten the confidence of the nation
“Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs will be made to benefit American workers and American families. Protection will lead to great prosperity and strength,” he said
While Trump continues with his arduous foreign policy, the South African government anticipates a cordial relationship with the country, especially in terms of issuing travel visa.