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: