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Date published 31.10.2016

NEW immigration regulations implemented at OR Tambo Airport are expected to cause major delays and lengthy queues during the year-end holiday peak.

The Board of Airline Representatives of South Africa has called for urgent intervention and the immediate suspension of biometrics for the duration of the December holidays.

What we are seeing, said June Crawford, BARSA CEO, is that international airlines are arriving in Johannesburg on time but, as a result of the long two- to three-hour queues, passengers are missing their connections.

“The decision by the Department of Home Affairs not to employ additional immigration staff due to budget constraints will need to be re-assessed before December…”

BARSA, as well as the Tourism Business Council of South Africa and Airports Company South Africa, are urging the DHA to resolve the situation before airports become gridlocked.

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