Bots visa applications go digital

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Mpho Tebele

 Gaborone - Botswana has contracted Israeli firm Pangea to integrate its eVisa programme as part of the country’s drive towards providing digital and online services.

The government anticipates that tourists will increasingly opt for online services to minimise human contact as COVID-19 continues to reshape the world.

And with relatively few foreign diplomatic missions, Botswana’s government senses the urgency required to set up online services to facilitate commercial and leisure travel in and out of the country.

According to Pangea, travelers will soon complete visa applications online and ease their entry into the country and the new service will also reduce the government’s expenditure in time, paperwork, and manpower.

Pangea executive vice-president Mr Uzy Rozenthal explained that this will enable visitors to Botswana to obtain visas online and enjoy seamless entry upon arrival at all points of entry.

“We are in the process of integrating our eVisa solution and expect to have it operational (by) the end of the year,” said Mr Rozenthal.

Pangea is also modernising Botswana’s digital immigration and citizenship system.

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