Choose your country and language:

Africa

  • Global
  • Angola
  • Botswana
  • Congo Democratic Republic
  • Ethiopia
  • Ghana
  • Kenya
  • Malawi
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Nigeria
  • South Africa
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe
  • Shot Left

Americas

  • USA
  • Argentina
  • Brazil

Asia Pacific

  • China
  • India
  • Japan
  • South Korea
  • Australia

Europe

  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Netherlands
  • United Kingdom
Back

TThe international report is based on the systems and methodologies that were developed and applied from 2001. SA Tourism’s Departure Survey measures the travel behaviour of international tourists as they leave South Africa from both land and airports of entry. The number of people arriving by sea is negligible, and hence travel by sea is not included in the survey. 

The survey is conducted through probability sampling is used, and the main sampling method is stratified sampling where, within each stratum, systematic random sampling is used.  The airport sample is 3,800 per month and is done at OR Tambo International and Cape Town International airports. The two international airports have a combined universe coverage of 99.4%, with King Shaka (KSIA) and other international airports having 0.6% coverage of the universe of travellers. 

The land border survey is conducted at 12 of the 55 land borders South Africa has. These borders were selected based on the volume of movements. The 12 border gates at which the survey is conducted represent borders to six neighbouring countries, i.e., Lesotho, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Botswana and Mozambique. A sample of 1,000 interviews per month is conducted at the land borders. 

The sample is drawn from the Statistics South Africa (StatsSA) tourist arrivals data which is representative of the tourist arrivals universe. The sample is drawn to be representative of the population at a confidence interval of 95% and a margin of error of 1.6% for the airport monthly sample and 3.1% for the land border monthly. 

The results are subsequently statistically weighted up to the tourist arrivals by air and road as released by Statistics SA, for the reference period. This allows continuous tracking of expenditure patterns, accommodation usage, travel behaviour, experiences, buying-process and travel patterns.  

Learn more about the statistics, surveys and data compiled specifically related to international visitors to South Africa. Detailed information regarding their expenditure patterns, length of stay and travel behaviour can be found in this report. 

HOW TO USE THE DASHBOARD:

  • Use the dropdown filters to customise the report
  • Use the arrow on the bottom bar to click through to the other pages
  • Hover over the bar and line charts to see more information
  • To make the report larger, click on the double sided arrow icon in the right bottom corner
  • Click here for an infographic of how the “International Key Measures” are collected

International Tourist Key Measures report

Research and Reports

Tourist Arrivals

South Africa 2022 Tourist Arrivals October

Tourist Arrivals
South Africa 2022 Tourist Arrivals October

This report details tourist arrivals to South Africa. It excludes transit and covers sea, air and land arrivals to South Africa, for the October 2022 period.

Tourist Arrivals

South Africa 2022 Tourist Arrivals September

Tourist Arrivals
South Africa 2022 Tourist Arrivals September

This report details tourist arrivals to South Africa. It excludes transit and covers sea, air and land arrivals to South Africa, for the September 2022 period.

Tourist Arrivals

South Africa 2022 Tourist Arrivals August

Tourist Arrivals
South Africa 2022 Tourist Arrivals August

This report details tourist arrivals to South Africa. It excludes transit and covers sea, air and land arrivals to South Africa, for the August 2022 period.

Industry Reports

Tourism Sentiment Analysis August 2022

Industry Reports
Tourism Sentiment Analysis August 2022

South Africa's online sentiment has dipped in the past month, down from 25 in July to 23 in August. Outdoor activities lead the volume of online conversation and was the driver of lower sentiment. Positive sentiment was driven by 'Relaxation + Wellness' and 'Food + Culinary', and 'Destination services', these improving over the previous month.

Tourist Arrivals

South Africa 2022 Tourist Arrivals July

Tourist Arrivals
South Africa 2022 Tourist Arrivals July

This report details tourist arrivals to South Africa. It excludes transit and covers sea, air and land arrivals to South Africa, for the July 2022 period.

Industry Reports

Tourism Sentiment Index by Destination Think! for July 2022

Industry Reports
Tourism Sentiment Index by Destination Think! for July 2022

The tourism sentiment index for the month of July has seen a slight decrease in the volume of online conversation about the destination, down 2% from June. The decline in the volume of conversation was driven by less online chatter about Outdoor Activities (our largest volume driver) as well as less conversation about Destination services and Access + Transportation. Despite this, however, there was an increase in the TSI sentiment index, up from 22 in June to 25 in July 2022. This marks an end to a downward trend from 24 in April, 23 in May and down to 22 in June. The sentiment was driven by increases in all the major categories, relaxation + wellness topped the sentiment drivers with a score of 30, tied with food and culinary. Destination services, outdoor activities, and culture and history all improved sentiment from June. The top sentiment elements were golfing, weddings, sky diving/bungee jumping, and distilleries and spirits. All these also improved from the previous month and contributed to the jump in sentiment.

Tourist Arrivals

South Africa 2022 Tourist Arrivals June

Tourist Arrivals
South Africa 2022 Tourist Arrivals June

This report details tourist arrivals to South Africa. It excludes transit and covers sea, air and land arrivals to South Africa, for the June 2022 period.

Tourist Arrivals

South Africa 2022 Tourist Arrivals May

Tourist Arrivals
South Africa 2022 Tourist Arrivals May

This report details tourist arrivals to South Africa. It excludes transit and covers sea, air and land arrivals to South Africa, for the May 2022 period.

South Africa on social media

Copyright © 2022 South African Tourism
|Terms and conditions|Disclaimer|Privacy policy