Are you planning to visit South Africa soon? Do you need a visa to visit? We have compiled this useful information before setting off on your travels. Most non-South African citizens wishing to enter South Africa must have a valid visa, which states the purpose and duration of the visit. It is important to note that the requirements for entry into South Africa differ from country to country, and can change at any time.
Who needs to apply for a visa?
If you are not a South African citizen, you’ll need to apply for a visa before you are allowed to enter the country.
However, there are exemptions to this rule and visitors from certain other countries do not need to apply for visas under certain conditions.
No Visa Is Required If You Hold A Passport From These Countries
A Visa Is Required If You Hold A Passport From These Countries
Central African Republic
Democratic Republic of Congo
Sao Tome & Principe
Before you will be allowed to enter South Africa, you need to have:
A valid passport/travel document which covers the period that you intend to stay in the country.
A valid visa, if required.
Enough money to cover your daily expenses.
A return / onward air ticket (or departure date/time for ships).
A yellow fever certificate if you are travelling through the yellow fever belt of Africa or South America.
South African visitors’ visas may be granted for:
Medical treatment (for a maximum stay of three months)
Working in the entertainment industry
Attending a conference
Compliance with treaty conditions
Study purposes (for a maximum stay of three months)
A spouse to join a spouse who is in South Africa on a work or study permit
Children to join parents who are in South Africa on work or study permits
A fiancée/ fiancé to join his or her partner with the intention of marrying within 90 days
Crew members on ships
Cultural / economic / social exchange programmes
Transit visas (foreigners en-route to neighbouring countries)