Indian tourists travelling to South Africa can soon avail e-visa facility
Post successful completion of the trial, the e-visa application facility will come into effect on 1 April
In a recent announcement, Tourism Ministry of South Africa has declared that it is set to launch online visa application process in India by next week and in China by February on pilot basis. Post successful completion of the trial, the e-visa application facility will come into effect on 1 April.
Talking about the development, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, minister of tourism in South Africa said, “The Ministry of Home Affairs has permitted us to launch an online visa application system, and we have identified India and China as markets to begin with. The first phase of the pilot was launched in Kenya; we have received feedback and are making improvements in the system. In terms of population Kenya and India are different. Therefore, depending on the implementation of technology and its ability to access documents, if there are no glitches during the pilot run; the full implementation of the process will be on April 1, 2020.”
Besides this, South Africa is also looking to invite Indian or other carriers to start direct flights between Mumbai and South Africa as there are no direct services between the two nations at the moment. The South African Transport Ministry is willing to offer a license to any carrier that is willing to start a direct flight. The country has also done away with the requirement of unabridged birth certificates for children travelling with parents. On the multiple-entry visa front, a memorandum of agreement has been signed between the home ministers of India and South Africa. In terms of tourist arrivals, South African Tourism aims at doubling international tourist arrivals from 10.5 million to 21 million by 2030, and India is expected to play a significant role in achieving this long term goal.