South Africa's new visa rules are turning visitors away

Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa. (Reuters/Mike Hutchings)

South Africa’s tourism business index is at its lowest level since 2011, as visitor numbers decline due to the country’s new visa regulations.

The declining performance of the industry is attributed to South Africa’s new visa regulations that are making it difficult for international visitors–particularly those travelling with minors under the age of 18–gain entry into the country.

The latest index score, which decreased by 16,3 index points from the first quarter of 2015, also hit a four-year low since the third quarter of 2011. The tourism business index (pdf) is conducted by the Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA).

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