South Africa eVisa: System to be tested with Kenya from November 2019
South Africa has a new Online system which will soon be available to make it much easier for many travellers around the world to obtain visas to visit the country.
Nationalities eligible for the e-visa will have the need to go to a South Africa Embassy or consulate eliminated.
South Africa will begin testing its new electronic visa system this November. The goal is to make it easier for foreign visitors to enter the country. The South Africa e-Visa would allow eligible citizens to apply online for an electronic visa to visit South Africa. Applicants would need a valid passport, an email address and a debit or credit card.
Siya Qoza, a spokesperson for the Department of Home Affairs, said that the trial would allow the government to test the resilience of the system. The department has already had successful trials in controlled environments. Qoza said, “the pilot will be conducted with Kenya first at the OR Tambo and Lanseria Airports.” He added, “at the end of the month, we will evaluate the project and look at which other countries to expand the e-Visa system to.”
Therefore, according to the Department of Home Affairs, the e-Visa for South Africa will be available for nationals of Kenya to test the effectiveness of the system. It has been estimated that the entire application process should take around 20 minutes. Kenyan applicants should, however, have the South Africa e-Visa requirements in hand when completing the online form.
According to the South African authorities, the program will be implemented in November 2019 for visitors from Kenya who fly to Lanseria or OR Tambo airports and will be extended to more countries in the following months.