New travel rule ‘not enough’ to boost tourism to SA

TBCSA CEO Tshifhiwa Tshivhengwa said as the department strongly advised travellers to carry this documentation‚ it meant that the documentation would still be required.

“Nothing has changed on that front. We have not removed the barriers to entry for tourists into the country. We are trying to preserve the barriers. The arrival figures attest to this‚” said Tshivhengwa.

He said the challenge with the new regulation was: who would determine “exceptional” circumstances that would warrant the producing of the documents?

“We want to contribute to the economy and we feel this requirement to be a hindrance. Government must do away with it. If the president is serious about stimulating the economy‚ remove the barriers so that the business can grow.”

The rule previously saw award-winning actor Idris Elba reportedly cancelling a trip to South Africa at the last minute in 2015 after his daughter failed to meet the immigration requirements passed into law that year.

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