Home Affairs ready to implement new visa regulations

New visa requirements for people coming into SA will be implemented from the beginning of June.

FILE. The Home Affairs Department says it’s opening new visa centres in places like India & China as quickly as it can. Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - The Home Affairs Department says it's ready to implement the new visa requirements for people coming to South Africa from the beginning of next month.

The department has been strongly criticised for requiring people coming here to first have their biometric measurements taken at a South African Consulate in their home country.

It says it's opening new visa centres in places like India and China as quickly as it can.

The department's Mayihlome Tshwete also says these requirements are no different from many other countries.

"France asks for biometrics and unabridged birth certificates. In your top ten is also Germany which asks for exactly the same thing, In fact our regulations are 60 to 70 percent benchmarked off German regulations."

The department said South Africa has had a liberal visa system which has been vulnerable to abuse.