Easing Visa Processes for BRICS Countries, E-Visas
The requirement to present to South African missions in person when making applications is particularly onerous in large countries like China and India, where travel times are long and whose citizens are not visa exempt, i.e. they have to apply for a visa even just to visit South Africa.
Therefore, Home Affairs is planning to allow for certain visa applications to be made via courier (as it used to be the case) and for the presentation for fingerprints to happen on arrival in South Africa. Also, multiple-entry visas for 3, 5 or 10 years for trusted travelers are already in place or in the planning. Countries to benefit from this include China, India, Nigeria, Kenya and Uganda.
So-called e-Visas have been announced for some time and are now to be piloted in New Zealand by April 2019. Statements have not been entirely clear, but it appears that these will be available for visitors’ visas only. The announcement of earlier this year to recognize international visas issued for Schengen countries, the US, UK, Canada and Australia was not repeated most recently.
Over the course of 2018, numerous announcements of measures and changes have been made, which were not always consistent or aligned. It is therefore difficult to predict in what form and when exactly one will see any of these changes. They all have the potential for real impact, but this remains to be seen.