The South African Home Affairs Department (DHA) is testing an e-visa application programme that is being checked with Kenya at the moment. Visitors can apply for entry to South Africa online and the first visitor’s visa was issued to a tourist from Kenya who arrived on Sunday (1/12/19).
Siya Qoza, Department of Home Affairs spokesperson, says the trial will enable the government to test the system’s resilience. “We’ll be evaluating the project at the end of the month and looking at which other countries to expand the e-visa system to,” Qoza says. Due to the high number of visa applications from these countries, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, South African Home Affairs Minister, says the e-visa system is expected to include China, India and Nigeria in the pilot from the beginning of next year until March.
“Electronic visas will improve the tourism industry by reducing travel documentation turnaround times while ensuring that applicants ‘ data is secure,” says James Vos, Minister of Shadow Tourism.
The online e-visa application is straightforward, with applicants answering questions by entering information such as name, address, birth date, and passport details.