In accordance with the Department of Home Affairs’ recently proposed immigration revisions, staff at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo airport have commenced training for biometric data collection. DHA spokesperson Mayihlome Tshwete explained that the system would be effectively implemented at OR Tambo from December 1st onwards, with a view to have Cape Town and Durban’s airports ready by March 2016. The development is part of the department’s project to modernise its Enhanced Movement Control System (EMCS) at all ports of entry.
The reason behind the change
The overhaul aims to both increase inbound tourism by simplifying South Africa’s onerous visa regulations, as well as save on the financial costs associated with equipping each foreign embassy with its own biometric data collection system.
We’re keeping an eye on developments
SAvisas.com will be closely monitoring the implementation of the roll-out, and cautions foreign travellers to double-check their visa status prior to departure.
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