Department of Tourism
21 January 2020
The piloting of e-visas for the Indian tourism market is under serious consideration.
The tourism minister, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, confirmed this in a statement following a recent two-day market roadshow to Mumbai.
The minister added that the piloting of e-visas would be initiated soon to further stimulate travel and tourism from India.
“As government, we recognise the need for solution-driven policy approaches to address impediments to access our destination for both business, leisure, education among others. We are in the advanced stages of testing and implementing interventions to liberalise our visa regulation to unlock the full potential of arrivals from India. The introduction of various visa options including electronic visas and waivers will indeed improve ease of travel,” she said.
The minister also reiterated government’s commitment to resume the Mumbai-Johannesburg direct route as “air connectivity was a key driver for outbound travel for business tourism from India”.
She emphasized that government views the tourism sector as a key growth area.
“Tourism remains a key driver of the South African economy and our government will continue to use tourism to advance sustainable development whilst working closely with small, medium and micro enterprises to make the sector more inclusive as it creates job opportunities required for the development and prosperity of our people”.