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Passports to be handed over to South Africans stranded in China

Jun 23, 2018
Passports to be handed over to South Africans stranded in China

It was confirmed on Saturday by the Chinese authorities that the passports of a group of 51 South Africans that are stranded in Changchun, China, will be released as from Monday, 25 June. Thus allowing the individuals of the group to return to South Africa

Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Lindiwe Sisulu, thanked the Chinese authorities for releasing the passports.

“I am happy that this incident has been resolved. l want to make a call to all South Africans that they must familiarise themselves with the laws and regulations of countries they visit or apply for work. They must also ensure that they have the correct documentation before they travel,” stated Minister Sisulu.

The Minister added that DIRCO will launch a campaign, titled: “Travel Smart”, in few weeks to raise awareness of all South African travellers. The campaign is aimed at encouraging South Africans to research their destinations and the laws of the countries they seek to visit or apply for work.

“We have too many South Africans in prisons across the world, which is of concern. We want South Africans to research and gather all necessary information before they travel, so as to avoid taking risks and involving themselves in activities that may be deemed illegal.”

An Official from the South African Embassy in Beijing will travel to Changchun on Monday to provide consular assistance to the group.