The City of Cape Town has ushered in President Cyril Ramaphosa’s introduction to electronic visas, as the government is set to remove the unabridged birth certificate requirement for tourists and launch an e-Visa pilot in November.
The e-Visa system cuts out the extra administration of issuing travel documentation and secures existing permits to the country, as the Department of Home Affairs is affording an effective visa regime through this new system, that will make it easier for tourists to visit, and for local companies to acquire employees with critical skills.
“We need to streamline tourist facilitation to our country and especially our cities, to make it easier for travellers to select South Africa as a destination of choice when it comes to travel and trade. Ultimately there is a need to cut the red tape and roll out the red carpet. Until recently, the government’s visa regulations continued to make it difficult for tourists to select South Africa as a destination, due to its cumbersome visa application processes”, said James Vos the Mayoral committee member for economic opportunities and asset management.