Foreign nationals who entered Swaziland through the border gates were given only one day to sort themselves out and leave the kingdom. This was evident on Tuesday at the Ngwenya Border Gate.
South Africans who form majority of the foreigners’ population were allowed to enter the country for only 24 hours, sort out their business and return to Mzanzi.
Defiance of the instruction may lead to passports being revoked for two years and if they overstay for up to one month, they may be blacklisted for five years.
Some of them were spotted on the Eswatini side of the border frustrated on how they would go back to SA.
Not all of them are South Africans. EmaSwatis who own SA passports were among them. Their intention was to go to SA and re-enter Eswatini to spend time.
With lockdown kicking off in SA same night, they wouldn’t make it back yet they were only given one day to visit relatives in the Kingdom.
They were largely fleeing from the full lockdown in South Africa and felt the one announced in the kingdom was more accommodative.
Acting Chief Immigration Officer Makhosi Simelane said it was the same situation with emaSwati who were travelling to SA in that they were also given 24 hours.
He however said those given a day in the country were going to be assisted at the Immigration Offices in the Ministry of Home Affairs.
He said there was no new regulation that was directed to them for the duration of the lockdown hence they were going to assist those who needed additional days in the country as they did on normal basis.