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Tourism sector criticises Home Affairs notice asking foreign tourists to depart by end of month

# The tourism sector has criticised a recent Home Affairs notice asking foreign tourists to depart by the end of the month if visa renewals weren’t received by the 23rd. The notice raised concerns about economic damage and reputational risks. Southern African Tourism Services Association CEO David Frost highlighted risks to tourists from visa-free countries like the US and Britain. He says departures could harm job creation and the gross domestic product, as 8.5-million international tourists visited South Africa last year. This was a 50-percent increase from 2022.