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New E-Visas Set to Begin Roll-out in South Africa in March 2019

South Africa will introduce Phase One of a roll-out of electronic visas by the end of March 2019 as announced by Tourism Minister, Derek Hanekom, and the Department of Home Affairs.

eVisa introduces online capture of visa and permit applications and capturing of applicants’ biometrics in South Africa and abroad.

How would an e-Visa work?

An application will be captured and submitted online together with the required supporting documents which will be scanned and attached to the application. The applicant will then present himself/herself before a DHA official for biometric enrolment and verification of the supporting documents. Following verification, all the relevant forms will then be routed to the Home Affairs head office in Pretoria for adjudication. For an approved visa, a secure QR-Code is generated for print on the notification sent to the applicant. That QR-Code will then be scanned upon arrival in South Africa.