South Africa is getting ready to issue special visas for the FIFA World Cup, which kicks off on 11 June 2010. All World Cup ticket holders will be issued with free event visas. The Department of Home Affairs also plans to open special, dedicated lanes at immigration at King Shaka airport in Durban, CapeTown International Airport and OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg to help avoid chaos at the airport.
Pre-screening is also being used, so that travelers to South Africa are screened for security before arriving, either at the airport where they board their flight or, prior to that, if flying with South African Airways (SAA). South Africa has some experience in this area, having started a free event visa program back in June last year for the Confederations Cup.
Football fans entering South Africa by land should find their progress eased by the introduction of joint entry clearance posts at borders, so that passengers only have to queue once (rather than on both sides of the border). The Eurasia Review comments that Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has said that one such point has already been set up at the Lebombo border post at the Mozambique-South Africa. Other co-location points are planned for the Zimbabwe border at Beit Bridge, Maseru and Ficksburg at the Lesotho border, Oshoek at the Swaziland border and at Kopfontein at the Botswana border.