The government of Botswana has selected Pangea to integrate its eVisa solution as part of the country’s efforts to expand its digital and online services.

Pangea specialises in digital transformation of government and business services and the new service will also reduce the government’s investment of funds, time and labour allocated for visa applications.

If and when the application is approved, the eVisa will be able to be downloaded, printed, brought to the airport, and help both authorities and travellers to minimise queues and cumbersome paper-based documentation.

Pangea has been active in Botswana since 2003 when the company installed a digital birth and death registration system which is still in operation. In 2010, it deployed a computerised immigration and citizenship system in Botswana.

“We are in the process of integrating our eVisa solution and expect to have it operational by the end of the year,” said Pangea EVP, GM Government Division, Uzy Rozenthal.

“eVisas will dramatically speed up the entry process in Botswana and will translate into substantial savings in both administration costs and time needed without compromising border security.”

The COVID-19 global health crisis is expected to accelerate the trend to online visa applications, as tourists will be looking at reducing their contacts at consulates or embassies in their home countries and at entry points at the travel destination.