(01 August 2022, 11:33 +07)
SITA has launched eVisa and Electronic Travel
Authorization (ETA), two solutions designed to meet the rapidly growing
demand from governments for digital visa systems.
According to the World Travel &
Tourism Council, traditional visas – applications made via
a consulate or embassy – decreased from 77% in 2008 to 53% in
The advantages of digital authorization solutions
include improved security, reduced administrative burdens and increased visitor flows
that ultimately help to increase tourism revenue and related
For example, one
government’s introduction of an eVisa scheme covering 40 plus
countries in 2014-2015 led to a 21% increase in international
visitor arrivals and the creation of 800,000 jobs accounted for
around 20% of the growth seen in the country’s travel and tourism
over the period.
Jeremy Springall, Head of SITA at Borders, said,
“Adopting eVisa and ETA supports national prosperity. We’ve
productized our proven and robust travel authorization systems to
benefit more nations around the world as they shift to digitalize
and future-proof their borders. The solutions help countries to
cope with growing passenger volumes, improve security and
efficiency, and deliver a more seamless travel experience that
travelers demand, removing the complexities of applying for
SITA has deployed border management solutions for
over 25 years to support cross-border mobility while safeguarding
borders, helping over 70 countries today.
For one major government customer in Asia Pacific, SITA’s ETA system enables over three million ETAs to be
issued each year, 96% of applications result in the automatic
issuance of an authorization, and 99% of all applications are
successfully processed in less than 12 hours.
The mobile capability of SITA’s new eVisa and ETA
capability allows travelers to make applications and provide their
biometric information using their personal devices before they
For travelers, this is simpler, more convenient, and less
time-consuming than applying for more complex traditional or
on-arrival visas. For governments, they can biometrically verify
the applicant’s identity.
The mobile app also creates
ICAO-compliant Digital Travel Credentials (DTCs) – a development
in digital identity for travel that may, one day, replace physical
SITA’s eVisa and ETA solutions also provide visas
containing ICAO’s Visible Digital Seal (VDS), an encrypted bar
code that enables visas and ETAs, paper or electronic, to be
digitally verified for authenticity, offering enhanced security
and fraud prevention.
“The adaptability of these two
solutions means that they are fully interoperable with existing
border control and airline systems. And, they comply with
international standards and best practices,” added Springall.
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