South Africa will start the piloting process for an online e-visa system later this month in a fresh bid to attract more tourists, according to the Department of Home Affairs (DHA).

This new electronic self-service solution system will speedily facilitate the movement of low-risk travelers, according to the department. The system will make it easier for tourists to enter the country, thanks to the online capture of visa applications and biometric information, the department said.

The pilot will be conducted with Kenya first at the OR Tambo and Lanseria airports in Johannesburg. At the end of November, the project will be evaluated to determine what other countries the e-visa system will be expanded to, according to the DHA.

It’s estimated that the entire application process would take around 20 minutes, provided the applicant has all of the necessary supporting documents ready for submission.

The announcement came after Minister of Home Affairs Aaron Motsoaledi on Friday signed a waiver which will allow foreign children to enter the country without additional supporting documents such as birth certificates and consent letters.

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