Easing travel to SA

Tshifhiwa Tshivhengwa, CEO of the TBCSA

The Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA) welcomes the signing of the waiver which allows foreign children to enter the country without carrying additional supporting documents such as birth certificates and consent letters. 

“This is an audacious move by Home Affairs Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi that will clear all the confusion around travel requirements and ease travel for tourists coming into South Africa. We anticipate that it will have a positive effect on tourism as the holiday season begins,” says Tshifhiwa Tshivhengwa, CEO of TBCSA. 

This move by Home Affairs goes a long way in opening up South Africa as a family friendly destination. It also makes it easier for school groups to consider visiting South Africa for sporting or adventure events. It is important to note that nothing changes for South African passport-holder’s children when travelling out of the country. As the TBCSA we will continue to work with Home Affairs in ensuring that South African children are also catered for as we work on the new regulation. 

The TBCSA is delighted with this move because it is another step in the right direction. The TBCSA has been working closely with the Department of Home Affairs in identifying and removing barriers to entry into South Africa. The Department has shown a great interest in supporting tourism growth while securing South Africa’s borders and the TBCSA is very pleased with the speed at which they are working to improve ease of travel.

“We wish to continue to encourage government to prioritise improving ease of travel into South Africa as this will help unlock growth in our sector. The tourism sector’s potential is enormous in this country and given the necessary space to grow, it will stimulate the economy and create more jobs,” concludes Tshivhengwa.

The TBCSA looks forward to further engaging with the Home Affairs to accelerate more changes that will ease travel into South Africa.

Candice Marescia

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