South Africa’s Department of Home Affairs on Tuesday said there was a two percent increase in the number of travellers in and out of South Africa in December, compared to the same period last year.
The border computer system recorded a total of 3.7 million travellers in December.
Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said that of this number, over 2.5 million were foreigners and 1.2 million were locals. The numbers include both arrivals and departures.
The majority of visitors came from Southern African Development Community countries, but there was also a steady inflow from the UK, the US and Germany.
Most of the movement in and out of the country was through OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, Cape Town International Airport, the Beit Bridge border post between South Africa and Zimbabwe, the Lebombo border post into Mozambique, Ficksburg and Maseru Bridge into Lesotho, Oshoek and Golela into Swaziland, and Kopfontein and Ramatlabama into Botswana