Take-off for SA’s e-visa roll-out

The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) has begun the implementation of its electronic visa system (e-Visa) to 15 countries.

addressing the National Tourism Stakeholder Forum today (September 8), DHA Director of Immigration Services, Phindiwe Mbhele, listed the 15 countries and outlined the process followed to begin implementation.

He said e-Visa activation would start this month and likely conclude in November. The 15 countries are (in order of activation):

  • Kenya and Cameroon
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo, Philippines and Rwanda
  • Ethiopia, Iran and Egypt
  • India, Uganda and Mexico
  • Pakistan and Nigeria
  • China and Saudi Arabia

Since November 2019, the Government has been testing the South African e-Visa. At the same time, facilities with smart technology are being set up at major South African airports to facilitate electronic document checks.

The implementation and fast-tracking of e-Visas is also one of the key enablers of the Tourism Sector Recovery Plan, which focuses on three strategic pillars: re-igniting demand, rejuvenation of supply, and strengthening and enabling capability.

To view the presentation on the e-visa roll-out, please see below:

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