20 May 2024

South Africa plans visa waiver to boost Indian Tourism

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South Africa is taking steps to attract more Indian visitors by simplifying visa regulations. Tourism Minister Patricia de Lille announced plans for an e-visa system and visa waivers of up to 90 days for Indian tourists at the recent Africa Indaba tourism fair.

In the first quarter of 2024, South Africa welcomed 16,000 Indian arrivals, reflecting growing interest. De Lille said the government is considering a proposal to grant Indian and Chinese tourists visa waivers for stays up to 90 days, the same policy currently in place for Russian and Brazilian visitors. Indian tourists may also be allowed to extend visas once in South Africa. 

The moves are part of an ambitious target set by Tourism South Africa to attract 100,000 Indian tourists in 2024, with a focus on promoting travel from India's tier 2 cities. While traditionally trailing top markets like the UK and US, India and China have seen increasing visitor numbers to South Africa in recent years.

Minister de Lille acknowledged that while progress is underway, changes involving multiple government agencies could take time to implement fully. Nonetheless, the visa reforms aim to significantly boost South Africa's popularity among Indian holidaymakers.

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Source: Business Standard 

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