The Department of Home Affairs in South Africa will expand its e-Visa system in the coming months, making it easier for tourists to enter the country thanks to the online capture of visa applications and biometric information.
In a parliamentary presentation, the Department of Home Affairs indicated that it has successfully piloted an e-visa in Kenya, with plans to extend the pilot to India, Nigeria and China over the course of this quarter.
The South African e-Visa is going to be available to a great range of nationalities and it is expected to replace short-term traditional tourist visas in the long run.
Currently, the majority of foreigners must apply for a traditional tourist visa as part of their requirements to travel to South Africa. Holders of passports issued by 52 specific countries can travel to South Africa visa-free for stays of up to 90 days while 28 countries are allowed visa-free stays of up to 30 days.
The e-Visa is not the only measure taken to facilitate movement and foreign tourism. The South African government has recently signed new agreements that will grant visa-free status to 6 more countries — Cuba, New Zealand, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sao Tome and Principe, and the United Arab Emirates. The government is also committed to a more connected continent open to freer movement.
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