Africa tourism groups advocate more relaxed visa laws for travellers
Posted on Wednesday 11 July 2012
in Egypt, Morocco, South Africa
The vast array of travel opportunities in Africa for Indian travellers is practically infinite, and several experts from organisations throughout the continents hope to entice even more guests to visit in the future. The proposal suggests a plan for visas to be obtained electronically online instead of having travellers visits foreign consulates that may be too far away or inconvenient.
Ideas were discussed at the recent Routes Africa conference, bringing up the plan for electronic visas that can be applied for anywhere in the world for a number of different African countries.
"The bureaucracy and costs involved in applying for and issuing visas are a major impediment to foreigners wishing to visit Africa," said Marthinus van Schalkwyk, South African tourism minister. "In an era of globalisation, technology offers many opportunities to enhance security,while facilitating travel and tourism."
So far, the e-visas are only offered to for a select few countries, but more are slated to be added in the future. However, Indian travellers can visit a number of countries and obtain a visa upon arrival, including Ethiopia, Uganda, Togo, Seychelles and Cape Verde.
Increased visitors to Africa accounts for a large percentage of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Experts say that the number of visitors taking flights to the continent is projected to increase from roughly 70 million in 2010 to more than 150 million in 2030. With the idea of e-visas and other ways to allow travellers easier access to attractions throughout Africa, tourism officials say they hope to boost the potential overall of this continent as a hotspot for all types of holidays.
Indian travellers interested in African travel expeditions can choose to visit one country or several during their holiday. For instance, Egypt's beautiful deserts and famous pyramids are a great place to start, as well as nearby Morocco's elaborate temples and blue-coloured homes. Safaris can be taken throughout Kenya and Zambia, while the big cities of Cape Town and Johannesburg in South Africa can be a thrill to explore.
Given that each country often has different visa requirements, it is advisable that Indian travellers do their research before embarking on a trip. This will ensure that the vacation is fun, exciting and stress-free on this vast and diverse continent.
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