South Africa Considers Easing Visa Restrictions For Indians

If you want to experience South Africa's charms, here's great news. South Africa's Tourism Minister, Patricia De Lilli, is lobbying for visa regulations to be changed or waived for Indian citizens
Table Mountain, South Africa
Table Mountain, South AfricaSouth African Tourism/Flickr Commons

South Africa is a place with a diverse range of experiences for all types of visitors. Whether you enjoy safaris, wine tours, adventure sports, heritage trails, or gourmet dining experiences, the country has something for you. Explore Cape Town's renowned Table Mountain and the huge savannahs of Kruger National Park. Drive the famed Garden Route, a 300-kilometer-long ocean-hugging highway. Enjoy an atmospheric stay in Nelson Mandela's former residence. There is so much to explore here, and the country has been a favoured destination for Indians for many years.

Garden Route in South Africa
Garden Route in South

Here's some excellent news for people who desire to enjoy the charms of South Africa. South Africa's Tourism Minister, Patricia De Lilli, is advocating for the modification or the removal of visa rules for Indian citizens.

The goal is to ease regulations and requirements, and facilitate tour operator licence rules, and enhance air access by drawing additional flights to South Africa.

As per reports, the tourism department of South Africa is aiming for 15 million visitors by 2030. And they are investigating whether visas for Chinese and Indian visitors for short-term stays can be waived, a concession already provided to travellers from Brazil, Russia, the United States, and the United Kingdom.

The administration has stated that tourism growth is important to reducing the country's unemployment rate. While some qualification requirements, such as uploading bank statements, have been removed, security screening continues to cause delays.

Safety Measures

There have been several recent incidents related to safety in South Africa. As per reports, the tourism authorities are trying to guarantee that visitors to South Africa remain safe by implementing various measures. For instance, setting aside R174 million to train a batch of safety monitors, who will be deployed, beginning December, to assist with the security of 59 strategic areas, including national parks and airports.

Meanwhile, the tourism industry has invested in a mobile phone application that will allow visitors to seek assistance from private security agencies and police at the touch of a button if they are attacked.

The visa measure will build upon a longstanding alliance between India and South Africa. In February this year, South African Tourism organised a gala celebrating 30 years of the bilateral relationship between India and the Rainbow Nation. The event promised to "bring the soul of South Africa to New Delhi through an immersive experience of delighting senses with authentic South African cuisine and culture."

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