Do I need a visa for South Africa?

Many countries do not need a visa when traveling to South Africa for tourism purposes lasting up to 90 days. Some countries on this list include Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, The United Kingdom and The United States of America. This exemption also applies when transiting through South Africa.

See a full list of visa-exempt countries.

For people from countries that do require a visa, you will likely need to apply for a visitor’s visa. This is a temporary tourism-based visit for a period of 90 days or less. There are different requirements depending on which country you are from, as well as fees that you will need to pay. Documents to be submitted with the online form include proof of the purpose of your visit (e.g. confirmation of tour booking), two passport-sized photos, proof of sufficient funds for your trip and any necessary vaccination certificates.

Entry requirements for South Africa

It is advised that any visitors to South Africa have at least 6 months of validity in their passport on the date of entry to South Africa. You will also need to have at least two completely blank pages in your passport upon arrival to South Africa.

  • A valid passport or travel document

  • At least two unused pages in your passport

  • Sufficient funds to pay for your daily expenses for the duration of your stay

  • A return or onward travel ticket

  • A yellow fever certificate if your journey starts or includes passing through the yellow fever belt of Africa or South America

The page is for general information only and may be subject to change. It is your responsibility to obtain relevant visa and travel information required for entry, departure and travel to each country or region you visit on your trip. You should confirm these with the relevant embassies and/or consulates. 

Last updated: 31 May 2023

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