South Africa has deployed the first phase of its new e-Visa system, which makes it easier for tourists to enter the country. The pilot program has been deployed at the OR Tambo and Lanseria airports.
According to mybroadband, the country’s department of Home Affairs said the e-Visa system has been designed to be as user-friendly as possible, with the entire online application process taking around 20 minutes.
“The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) has started with the testing and piloting of the electronic visa application system – e-Visa,” the Department of Home Affairs said in a statement.
“The decision to introduce e-Visa was informed by observable benefits of this system. It is reliable, client-friendly and convenient for visa applicants, airlines, trading partners and Home Affairs officials.”
The department said that once the e-Visa system is fully rolled out, all visitors will be able to apply online for visas.
This will reduce administrative burdens, especially those involved with receiving applications at visa offices and printing the required stickers or returning passports to applicants.