It has now emerged that Kenyans will have to wait a little longer before accessing the South African E-visa that had been scheduled for roll out at the end of November. Sources told KATA Weekly Travel News that the process had encountered some technical problems due to the bulky documents required to be uploaded onto the system by applicants.
“The implementation of the online platform is still on track and should be successfully rolled out latest by January 2020” said the source.
Contrary to expectations, the online visas will however only be available to Kenyan tourists visiting South Africa and not those working or studying in the country as it expires within a short period of time.
Visitors to South Africa require a Visa for travel. The current process requires Kenyans to visit the embassy and physically make an application.
Spokesperson for the South African Department of Home affairs Siya Qoza, was earlier quoted saying that “the pilot will be conducted with Kenya first at the OR Tambo and Lanseria airports. At the end of the month, we will evaluate the project and look which other countries to expand the e-Visa system to.”
This online platform will simplify the process as one will only be required to fill out their passport and travel details. The online application has to be made in Kenya before travel and the e-Visa presented in printed copy or digitally during travel.
The online procedure requires one to fill out the application form, pay the South African e-Visa fee and will later receive the online visa at the email address provided on the application form.
Validity and conditions of the E-Visa will be communicated once the program is rolled out.