21 Apr 2010

Free visas for World Cup ticket holders

6:14 am on 21 April 2010

South Africa is promising free visas to World Cup football ticket-holders in a bid to entice more foreign fans to snap up unsold seats for the finals starting on the 11th of June.

Estimates for the number of foreigners travelling to the African continent's first World Cup, have recently been sharply reduced from 450,000 to 200,000, and the Ministry of Home Affairs says visas, which normally cost 80 dollars, will be free for fans with tickets, or the certificate proving they've purchased their ticket.

Tournament organisers launched a drive last week to sell hundreds of thousands of tickets, many of them returned from abroad or by corporate sponsors.