South Africa says they are not expecting any increase of Indian tourists visiting the country in this year, due the changes of visa rules and regulations to enter in South Africa.
In the year 2013, the total Indian tourist arrivals to the country figured was 127,000. Though, the figures in 2014 are not available at this moment. Since, the new visa rules come into force this year it may dent the tourist numbers visiting South Africa. We are expected the numbers will remain flat this year, said South African tourism head Hanneli Slabber during her visit to India.
Under the recently introduced visa rules, the visitors that are under the age of 18 years are mandatory to carry an unabridged birth certificate along with valid passport and visa on their visit to South Africa.
Travelers are also required to appear in person during the visa application process. She also said it would take a time to adjust to the new rules, but tourists would be expected to increase in the coming years.
Among the tourists visiting South Africa, Indians show the greater interest to participate in adventure sports. About 20,000 Indians had participated in bungee jumping, more number of women than men are the participants.
Indians budget have also increased from the recent four years, said slabber.