The ease of access to Africa through electronic visas will boost tourist numbers, according to South Africa tourism minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk.
Speaking at the Routes Africa conference in the Seychelles, the minister said the bureaucracy and costs involved in applying for and issuing visas are a major impediment to foreigners wishing to visit Africa.
In an era of globalisation, technology offers many opportunities to enhance security, while facilitating travel and tourism," Mr van Schalkwyk said.
The suggested application via a secure website makes it easier for travellers to apply for visas, instead of having to appear at the consulate of a foreign nation.
According to Business Day, the number of visitors to the African continent is expected to grow by five percent annually to a figure of 150 million passengers by 2030.
Mr van Schalkwyk pointed out opportunities to also accelerate regional visas for intra-Africa travellers to move more efficiently and freely.
The minister concluded by stating due to geographical location, African destinations were dependent on air arrivals from now hard-pressed traditional international markets.
"Many of these airline hubs on which we depend tax our international travellers like cash cows... let's rather unlock the potential of airlift on our continent," he said.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: K.W