South Africa New visa rules a “tourism tragedy” for South Africa?

South Africa is frequented by more than 9 million tourists each year. Between 2013 and 2014, South Africa saw a 6.6 percent growth in international tourist arrivals.

Last May, the Ministry of Home Affairs introduced new travel requirements as a means of tackling child trafficking and increasing national security. Tourists are now required to apply for visas in person in order for their bio-metric data to be captured. Documents also need to be in English. From June this year, all children travelling in, out, or through South Africa will need to carry an unabridged birth certificate.

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Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom says there has been a negative impact on the tourism sector in the last six months as a result of the stricter visa regulations.

He told reporters that the number of tourists from countries now requiring a visa to enter South Africa has declined.

New visa regulations could see over half a million tourists denied travel to South Africa, says the Democratic Alliance.

 

Original story found via http://www.thesouthafrican.com

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Posted on May 19, 2015, in Travel and Tourism and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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