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Stats SA records an increase in tourists’ arrival for December 2015

More than 4 million people passed through South Africa’s ports of entry during December.

FILE: Stats SA says while the weakening rand might have an effect on the amount of travellers across borders in the months to come, the new visa regulations have not had a drastic negative affect. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) says the new visa regulations did not affect tourism and migration figures in December last year saying it, in fact, recorded an increase in the number of foreign arrivals compared to the same period in 2014.

More than 4 million people passed through South Africa's ports of entry in December.

Stats SA says while the weakening rand might have an effect on the amount of travellers across borders in the months to come, the new visa regulations have not had a drastic negative affect.

Stats SA Deputy Director-General for population and social statistics Kelifoe Masiteng said, "It's still early in time to start alluding or attributing any changes we see in arrivals or movement of people to the issues of visa which was just promulgated in June 2015."