South Africa has introduced an e-visa system that will kick-start this April. According to the Communications Director of the country's Tourism Department, Blessing Manale, the e-visa will be issued in New Zealand this month. South Africa's president, Cyril Ramaphosa, first announced this visa system in February in his State of the Union address where he revealed that applicants for the e-visa would be able to apply online. Successful applicants can print their visas anywhere including their homes once it's granted. At the moment, tourists who want to visit the country will have to visit a South African embassy to get their visas. According to Manale, the new e-visas will first be available to New Zealanders before it would be rolled out to the whole world. South Africa hopes to give its international tourism industry a boost with this new e-visa system together with the visa rules that were relaxed for minors in December. The aim is to improve the statistics of tourists visiting the country from 10 million in 2018 to 21 million by 2030.
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