South Africa just recently commenced its e-Visa pilot.
This was disclosed by the Department of Home Affairs (DHA), at a press briefing. According to DHA, it has started with the testing and piloting of the electronic visa application system, the e-Visa.
South Africa’s resident, Cyril Ramaphosa at this year’s Africa Travel Indaba in Durban promised to introduce a world-class e-visa system and reduce excessive regulations that travelers face when visiting the country.
“We must reduce the onerous and often unnecessary bureaucratic red tape that tourists who want to visit our countries face. This requires us to streamline our tourist visa regimes”. Ramaphosa said.
“We are in the process of radically overhauling our visa dispensation for the rest of the world and introducing a world-class e-visa system. The challenges are going to be ironed out,” he added.
DHA in a statement, said, “It is reliable, client-friendly and convenient for visa applicants, airlines, trade partners and Home Affairs officials. Once fully rolled-out, prospective visitors will apply online for visas, at home, office or place of work. It will lessen administrative burdens, including those involved in receiving applicants at visa offices, printing visa stickers and returning passports to applicants.”
DHA also revealed that the Electonic visa is been tested in Kenya and the team is scheduled to return to Kenya next week as they are monitoring the pilot process to ensure the user experience is not comprised.
China, India, and Nigeria will be included in the pilot early next year, which will run until March 2020.