South Africa to review the tourist visa rules and regulations

August 13, 2015
South African president Jacob zuma has said the ministers will review the new visa rules that made severe hit on the tourist inflow into the country.

In 2014, South Africa has introduced the new regulations that require a visitor to provide biometric data mandatory in the South African consulates of their country when applying for a new visa, as it requires every visitor to present themselves in the consulate.

South Africa to reconsider the tourist rules and regulations

Further, the rules also mandate parents to carry along unabridged birth certificate for their children when visiting the country, a move that receives heavy criticism from the foreign countries.

"We have noted with concern the complaints about the new visa regulations," Zuma told reporters in Pretoria on Tuesday, where he was providing a mid-year review on the economy.

"The ministerial committee will address the unintended consequences of the new immigration regulations on various sectors, including tourism and investment."

The tourist visa row puts the Zuma government under the heavy pressure amid the slow economic growth and higher unemployment.

South Africa has registered very low growth rate compared to the previous year mainly due to the imposition of new rules and regulations on tourists from foreign countries.

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