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Cape Town – Travellers love South Africa

2016 was record breaking regarding the numbers of international and domestic travellers in South Africa. The average growth of passenger numbers was 5.3 % in comparison to 2015.

The indicators in the recent past were obvious and well recognized by the Media, e.g.

The South African daily TOURISM UPDATE, which already reported a high number of foreign visitors in 2016.

To handle the rising numbers of passengers, an increased capacity plan for the festive period during Christmas and New Year was announced by the Department of Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba in December 2016.

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South Africa started taking biometric data at airports

South Africa started taking biometric data at airports

Last week OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg was the first of many international airports in South Africa to start the pilot project of capturing biometric data.

Although they are not taken yet, the training for the staff has already begun.

By taking the biometric data the Department of Home Affairs tries to bring forth the Enhanced Movement Control System (EMCS), which aims to secure the movement at the borders and control immigration at all ports of entry.

This is one of the main steps in the modernization process of the DHA.


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The pilots are planned to be run at Lanseria International Airport, OR Tambo International Airport, King Shaka International Airport and Cape Town International.

While the last two of them are planned to start on the 12th of November, OR started a week ago and Lanseria was supposed to start on the 2nd of November already, although officials did not seem able to tell if the training has actually started already. Continue reading

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