Positive trends as outbound travel picks up



Opening of international borders, relaxation of travel restrictions, resumption of international flights, widespread vaccination and reopening of in-campus classes by overseas universities are the major contributors to the increase in outbound traffic from South Africa this year. Locations like Australia, Canada and Schengen regions are witnessing positive trends in application volumes for outbound travel in the year so far.

By Hariprasad Viswanathan, Head – Sub Saharan Africa at VFS Global.

Some of the key visa application trends VFS Global, the world’s largest visa outsourcing and technology service specialist for governments and their diplomatic missions worldwide, has observed this year in South Africa are as follows:

• Application volumes from January to April 2022 have neared the total application count for the year 2021.

• Application volumes in the January to April 2022 period are nearly six times more in comparison to the same period last year.

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