South Africa to fast-track visa centers and biometrics

July 31, 2014
Government of South Africa to fast-track visa centers

Malusi Gigaba , South African Minister of Home Affairs, said that department is set to accelerate the progress of visa centers and biometric data recording systems to reduce chaos.

An expenditure of R5 million towards installing biometric systems at all the South Africa’s international entry points would finally put an end to the requirement of transit visas.

The biometric details can be used to verify them in relation to their travel schedule as a replacement to the issuance of transit visas, he added.

Gigaba along with Derek Hanekom, South African Minister of Tourism, have accepted to work together to increase the number of visa application centers overseas especially in China and India, who are the major sources of revenue for tourism sector.

In the previous five years, the number of visitors from India has raised approximately by 80 percent, while Chinese visitors have increased by 235 percent. South African government has planned to launch ten additional visa centers in India.
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