Mozambique immigration officials on Wednesday cleared 36,000 tourists who crossed the Ressano border post into South Africa after celebrating the festive season, APA observed.
The immigration department had anticipated a massive influx of tourists amounting to over 400, 000 as witnessed on Christmas Eve, An official told APA.
"We had deployed a backup staff as our response to the anticipated influx of holiday makers passing through and we set up mobile branches along the highway to reduce traffic jam and waiting time," head of the Ressano Garcia boarder post Lazaro Mariano said in an exclusive interview.
Mariano said they had tripled the number of agents on duty as part of a strategic bid to fast track the clearest processing assuming that some African football fans may decide to arrive in South Africa early for the continent’s most prestigious soccer extravaganza, the Africa Cup of Nations finals due to commence in a fortnight.
"We are happy with our performance, people had little stoppage time here and the joint inter-sectoral force is in full swing to make life for the travelling family convoys whom we assume are tired after extensively exploring our tourism wonderland", Mariano said.
The joint inter-sectoral force consisted of the police, immigration, customs and border guards and was operating under the code name OPERACAO KARIBO.
The Ressno Garcia border post is situated some 92kms south-west of the capital Maputo. It is the key surface link between Mozambique and South Africa and is
Source African Press Agency
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