Cape Town - South Africa has been criticized extensively for not making it appealing for visitors to come into the country, but thankfully an e-visa proposal that has been years in the making is set to be piloted by the Department of Home Affairs.
SEE: SA e-visas prioritised as sticky ease of access continues to hamper tourism growth
The DHA is set to commence roll out of its eVisas plan in Q4 this year, by March 31, 2019. The roll-out programme will be gradual starting with "Phase 1, Release 1, for applications for temporary residence visas, adjudication of temporary residence visas, applications for waivers, notifications to the applicant via email and biometrics captured at the Mission", according to the department of home affairs. "The ePermit will be piloted at one Mission or local office in the last quarter of the next financial year by 31st March 2019. This is to ensure system stability. Once stable, more offices locally and abroad can then be gradually brought online.”
This should make travelling to our shores more attractive and simpler when it comes to the admin of visa applications.
However, if you think South Africa is bad, don't even bother try going to Bhutan. Or Nauru. Did you know that Bhutan charges tourists a R3 000+ daily tariff, in a bid to curb tourism! And to access Nauru, visitors have to fork out more than R120 000 for a mere three-month access visa. Despite various countries' different visa regulations, it's no secret that visa free countries are most appealing for travellers. As a second-best option, e-visa issuing countries also see easy access travel.
SEE: UK, US and Australia visa costs: What South Africans can expect to pay in 2018
If you've ever wondered what the term 'Visa Free Country' really means, check out this handy infographic, put together by CS Global Partners: