Immigration waives police clearance for international artists

The immigration department has waived the requirement for international artists to undergo police clearance whenever they wished to perform in Zimbabwe.

The National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (NACZ) announced in a statement on Wednesday that the waiver followed discussions with the department and other stakeholders.

International artists were required to undergo police vetting before being issued with Temporary Employment Permits (TEPs).

According to NACZ, “police clearance was required to enhance planning and eliminate the risk of refusal of work permit on those grounds”.

“NACZ is happy to announce that as a result of these discussions the Department of Immigration has agreed to revert to the previous arrangement were Immigration would do the general security checks before issuing TEPs to international artists.

“Immigration in support of the arts and culture sector, agreed to (waive) the requirement for police clearance to all international artist when applying for a Temporary Employment Permit,” said NACZ.

Despite that, immigration still reserves the right to apply appropriate vetting mechanisms whenever international artists’ backgrounds are questionable.

The artists will now only be subjected to routine security checks when they travel into the country and out of Zimbabwe.

“NACZ continues to work with various arms of government and help facilitate the smooth regulations in the creative industry mindful that this will always be done in the interest of the country, promoters, artists as well as the arts consuming public,” added NACZ’s communications and marketing manager, Catherine Mthombeni.

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