South Africa immigration says a million have visited for World Cup

July 6, 2010

According to official figures from South Africa immigration, more than a million people from around the world have visited South Africa for the World Cup so far.

The total number of visitors during June so far has reached 1.3 million, up from 1.01 million during the same period last year. Visitors from other African countries have made up the greatests number of visitors so far, many of whom have needed South African visas to enter the country. The UK, Germany and the Netherlands have led the way in terms of visitor numbers from outside Africa.

The official figures have been collated by South African Immigration’s Movement Control System, which has recorded people coming into and out of South Africa from 34 different ports of entry around the country’s borders.

The Department of Home Affairs stated, “We take this opportunity to congratulate all national teams that have so far participated in the tournament in their quest to become world football champions.”

A total of 188 people have been prevented from entering the country as a result of more measures to stop illegal immigrants and people without the right visas from entering the country during the tournament.

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