The Government of South Africa has announced that a new electronic visa will be available to millions of people around the world. Citizens form eligible countries will be able to complete the visa application online without needing to go to a South African embassy.
“Electronic visas will boost the tourism industry by cutting turnaround times for the issuing of travel documentation while ensuring the information of applicants is secure” said James Vos, the Shadow Minister for Tourism.
The eVisa have been designed to simplify the process of obtaining a South African visa and the numbers of tourists visiting South Africa is expected to rise. In 2017, 16 million people visited South Africa and this figure is could reach 19.5 million by 2022.
The top five countries with the highest number of tourists who visited South Africa last year are all countries which are visa exempt: the USA, the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, and France. The eVisa will make it much easier for many more nationalities to visit South Africa.
How will eligible citizens obtain the South Africa eVisa?
The South Africa eVisa application will be quick and straightforward to complete. Applicants will need to enter a range of basic information such as their name, address, date of birth, and passport details.
Applicants will need to meet the visa requirements and pay a fee in order to successfully submit the application. It will be necessary to have a valid passport from one of the eligible countries (the list of has not yet been finalized).
Once an application has been approved, the eVisa will be sent to the applicant electronically. Travelers will be able to enter South Africa by presenting the eVisa to the border authorities.
The online application process is expected to be launched over the coming months. At the moment many nationalities can enter visa-free. For those who cannot, as there also is no visa on arrival option, visas can only be obtained from South African embassies.
Why visit South Africa?
South Africa’s breathtaking scenery, megadiverse range of wildlife, and cosmopolitan cities make it an unforgettable destination to visit. Its unique history and 2,500km of stunning coastlines also entice many tourists.
Kruger National Park is the most famous reserve in the country and wildlife-lovers can spot magnificent animals such as lions, buffalo, leopards, rhinos, elephants, giraffes, and zebras. The country’s landscapes consist of open plains, towering mountains, as well as some world-class vineyards.
Cape Town and Johannesburg are the two most visited cities in South Africa. Cape Town has fantastic beaches, restaurants and is renowned for its relaxing atmosphere. It is also located next to the massive Table Mountain. Johannesburg has undergone a period of rapid regeneration in recent years.
Robben Island, the place where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years, is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and draws many visitors. Though is is now a beautiful island to visit, it is also a moving reminder of the horrors of the apartheid era.