South African officials have said the country is considering gathering biometric data on arrival after tourism industry insiders said that taking the data at foreign embassies was impacting on visitor numbers.Speakinga an immigration regulations compliance workshop on Friday, September 18, Home Affairs Deputy Minister, Fatima Chohan, said the government is mulling taking visitors' biometrics on arrival but wholesale changes to South Africa's immigration regulations are unlikely.Under the country's immigration regulations, tourists who require visas to travel to South Africa are required to make visa applications in person to facilitate the intake of biometric data. However Chohan said on Friday: “In so far as our consideration of biometrics at the port of entry, yes, that is on the cards.”Chohan said also that the tourism industry had benefited from security measures, citing the example of Kenya, which has seen its tourism sector suffer since security incidents took place in the country.In July, Economic Opportunities Minister for the Western Cape, Alan Winde, reiterated the need for new visa regulations to be revised, as tourist numbers to the province have taken a knock.He said the Chinese market has been severely affected by the new rules, especially the requirement for biometrics on arrival, as there are currently only visa facilitation centres in Beijing and Shanghai, making it hard for anyone living outside of these cities to go through the application process.