Malusi Gigaba, Home Affairs Minister of South Africa, recently shared important information in regards to the Online Visa for South Africa. Gigaba discussed the new visa reforms aimed at attracting investors and foreign visitors to help get South Africa out of its recession.
One of the goals behind the new electronic visa system is to boost tourism by making it easier for foreign visitors to obtain a visa to travel to South Africa. Gigaba said at a media briefing in Pretoria that frequent foreign visitors will soon be able to obtain 10-year visas within five days of submitting their application.
Applying for a South Africa Online Visa
An electronic visa pilot system will make it possible for travelers to complete the e-Visa Application online in New Zealand this year (2019). An applicant will simply need to meet the South Africa visa requirements which include having a valid passport.
Many countries who have recently launched electronic visa programs have done so to boost tourism. Governments hope that by simplifying the process of obtaining a visa, the number of foreign visitors will increase.
South Africa E-Visa to be tested first in New Zealand
Home Affairs Minister Gigaba shared that the new e-Visa system would be implemented in New Zealand in April 2019, with the objective of improving the visa application process. Gigaba said, “Once glitches identified during the pilot phase have been addressed, the e-Visa will be rolled out to other countries.”
Gigaba’s announcement follows those made by president Cyril Pamaphosa on changes to the visa regime as part of a recovery plan to stimulate the South African economy. The e-visa will be available for a certain category of trusted travelers who will be able to have their South Africa visa application processed electronically.
Gigaba added, “this will increase efficiencies and convenience, and improve facilitation of movement to frequent travelers going through our international airports, thus creating our capacity to service those that still require manual assistance through physical availability of immigration officers.”
South Africa is also finalizing the development of a new Biometric Movement Control System to be piloted at Cape Town and Lanseria International Airports.
Among other announcements made by Gigaba, he discussed that the Border Management Authority Bill is currently at the National Council of Provinces and it is in its final stages. The bill should contribute to the optimization of border control operations and processes by establishing an integrated Border Management Authority.