|Adjustments||Not Seasonally Adjusted|
This data release reports the number of arrivals, departures and in transit travellers of both South African residents and foreign travellers by mode of travel. The purpose of travel of overnight visitors are provided as well.
Data routinely collected by immigration officers at all road, air and sea entry ports on all travellers (South African residents and foreign travellers) arriving into or departing from South Africa are captured into the Department of Home Affairs (DHA)'s population Movement Control System (MCS). The counts/statistics relate to the number of individual movements, rather than to the number of people. Hence, the multiple movements of individual people during the calendar month are each counted separately. Generally the data are collected directly from travel documents either by scanning or capturing onto the port's electronic database. No forms or cards are used (except in rare occasions when the capturing system is down) to collect information from travellers. Individual ports regularly transmit data onto the national database at the head office of the DHA.
Statistics South Africa (Statisticss SA) downloads the data covering a particular calendar month from the mainframe of the State Information Technology Agency (SITA), where the DHA stores its data. Stats SA then processes and publishes this information.
In 2015, South Africa's ports of entry implemented a new Movement Control System (e-MCS), requiring changes to the way tourism data are reported. Rather than reporting "in transit" as a purpose of travel, it is now reported as a direction. Previously, in transit travellers were included with arrivals; starting from January 2014, separate categories are reported for arrivals and in transit. Note that all figures for tourists exclude travellers in transit.
Yes, as necessary.