Want to visit South Africa? Here’s information on the basic requirements for entering South Africa, as well as links to full information on visas – what they are, who needs them, and when, where and how to apply for them.
Note: Requirements for entry into South Africa differ from country to country, and are subject to change. Always make enquiries before travelling to South Africa.
What is a visa?
South Africa has the right to decide who may and may not enter its territory. A visa ensures that you have been properly screened before entering the country, and gives immigration officials the information they need to ensure you are admitted to South Africa for the correct purpose and length of time.
A visa doesn’t guarantee you entry to the country – it only allows you to travel to a South African port of entry, where an immigration officer will check that you satisfy the basic requirements for entry into the country.
What are the requirements for entering South Africa?
You will need:
- A valid passport or travel document that will be valid for the length of your intended stay. Your passport should have at least one blank page in it.
- A valid visa, if required.
- Sufficient funds.
- A return or onward ticket.
- Yellow fever certificates – if your journey starts or passes through the yellow fever belt of Africa or South America.
Do I need a visa to visit South Africa?
Depending on your nationality, and the purpose and duration of your visit, you may not need a visa to visit South Africa.
- See the Department of Home Affairs’ list of countries exempt from South African visas
Where can I make enquiries about visas?
- See the Department of Home Affairs’ website at dha.gov.za.
- Check the list of South African offices abroad for information on where to apply in your own country.
- Home Affairs’ contact centre: +27 11 461 9252 (overseas callers), 0800 60 11 90 (within SA), firstname.lastname@example.org