South African Tourism said on Wednesday South Africa is currently working on e-visas for Indians wishing to travel to the country for leisure, business, wildlife, sport, film or education purposes.
“We are pleased to announce that South Africa will be rolling out e-Visas for Indian applicants in the coming months,” said Neliswa Nkani, Hub Head, MEISEA, South African Tourism.
Speaking at a media conference in Bengaluru, Ms Nkani said improving connectivity to facilitate travel to destination is a core area of South African tourism this year.
“We also recognize the need for value-driven itineraries and are taking bullish action to ensure every rupee spent secures maximum return,” she said.
In this context, South African Tourism worked with airlines to work out subsidized fares for Indian travellers. “We aim to significantly reduce travel costs for Indian travelers,” she added.
Several stopovers including Emirates, Etihad, Qatar Airways, Air Arabia, Ethiopian Airlines, Kenya Airways and Air Mauritius currently fly from India to South Africa. According to them, India is among the top 3 focus markets for South Africa, with Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai and Pune remaining important source players. “We are looking to capitalize on strong consumer demand to accelerate travel recovery momentum in India. We are already seeing an increase in travel bookings and hope to continue to drive Indian entitlement and travel intent,” she added. The South African Tourism Promotion Board is targeting a 64% increase in Indian visitors in 2022 over the previous year.