Heading into the festive season, Department of Home Affairs minister Aaron Motsoaledi has announced a number of new visa changes for South Africa.
Motsoaledi provided an update on some of the key pronouncements made by the department in July this year.
Some of the most notable changes are mentioned below:
The Department of Home Affairs has started with the testing and piloting of its electronic visa application system.
Once e-visas are fully rolled-out, prospective visitors will apply online for visas, at home, or at work. This is said to lessen the administrative burdens and make processing easier.
The Republic of Tunisia has been added to the list of countries which can enjoy visa-free status to South Africa. Tourists from this country can visit South Africa without requiring a visa and South Africans can visit Tunisia without a visa as part of reciprocity.
South Africa now has 83 countries which it has granted visa free status to.
The department is working with border law enforcement agencies to ensure ease of movement for travellers over the festive season.
Border law enforcement entities have confirmed readiness to handle increased volumes of travellers and goods at all ports of entry.
Home Affairs will deploy close to 400 additional officials at selected ports, to assist with delivery of immigration services and offer technical support at the borders.