South Africa begins e-visa roll-out

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South Africa’s first-ever e-visas will be issued in April.

According to the Department of Tourism’s Blessing Manale, visitors from New Zealand
will be the first to be able to apply for, process and print their visas for South Africa at home.

Manale said the new e-visas will be piloted in New Zealand before a global rollout. 

The new e-visas, alongside relaxed visa rules for minors in December, will hopefully help to grow South Africa’s international tourism industry, Manale told Business Insider South Africa. 

The South African government aims to have 21 million tourists visiting the country by 2030, up from 10 million in 2018.

“South Africa is also finalising the development of a new biometric movement control system which will be piloted at Cape Town and Lanseria International Airports [to improve passenger processing],” Manale said. 

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