South Africa will amend its visa regulations after the numbers of visitors to the country dropped, Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe said.

The nation will now accept visa requests by post, and will set up biometric testing at its airports, he told reporters in the capital, Pretoria. Last year, the Ministry of Home Affairs introduced visa rules requiring applications be made in person.

The number of air passengers under 18 years of age travelling to and from the country fell 50 percent from a year earlier in June and July due to a requirement to carry an unabridged birth certificate, which started in June, the Southern Africa Tourism Services Association said on Oct. 1. Carrying the certificate was aimed at reducing child trafficking.

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