Angola complies rigorously with visa grant rules

Luanda – Angola rigorously follows the principles of granting visas to foreign citizens entering the country, said Friday in Luanda the director general of the Institute of the Angolan Communities Abroad and Consular Services of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, JoAPound o Fortunato Pessela.

The official – who was speaking at a meeting with members of the diplomatic corps accredited in Angola, attended also by consular services and auxiliary personnel in service in diplomatic missions – there have been falsifications of documents and other anomalous behaviours that often lead to delays in the granting of visas.

The diplomat said that the process of granting visas has been equal to that adopted in any country.

The official stressed that the Angolan Executive has observed the principles of sovereignty, just like any country, in the granting of visas, and that the refusal often alleged by some citizens “does not match the truth.”

He called for all countries to improve their consular services, in order to avoid embarrassment many times in the granting of visas.

To JoAPound o Pessela, it is necessary to seek to improve and strengthen relations among countries.

He announced that his institution is working to improve the mechanisms for making visas grant less time consuming.

On the other hand, he expressed the desire of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Mirex) to improve some consular services in Angola and abroad.

The SME director, Jose Paulino, said that the collaboration of the countries is of extreme importance, emphasizing that Mirex has not faced difficulties in issuing visas.

Representatives from Algeria, Senegal, Cape Verde, Sao Tome and Principe, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Rwanda and Guinea Conakry raised questions about delays in issuing visas.

Source: Angola Press News Agency