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South Africa Passport & Visa Requirements

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Entry requirements for Americans

United States nationals need a passport valid for at least 30 days beyond intended travel, but no visa is needed for stays of up to 90 days, with extensions possible.

Entry requirements for UK nationals

British nationals need a passport valid for 30 days beyond the date of intended travel, but no visa is needed for stays of up to 90 days if passport is endorsed British Citizen or British Overseas Territories Citizen. Those whose passports state British National (Overseas) may stay up to 30 days without a visa.

Entry requirements for Canada

Canadian nationals need a passport valid for 30 days beyond the date of intended travel, but no visa is needed for stays of up to 90 days.

Entry requirements for Australians

Australian nationals need a passport valid for 30 days beyond the date of intended travel, but no visa is needed for stays of up to 90 days.

Entry requirements for New Zealanders

Please note: As of 16 January 2017, all diplomatic, official and ordinary passport holders of New Zealand will now require a visa to enter South Africa.

New Zealand nationals require a passport valid for 30 days beyond intended travel, and a visa to enter South Africa. Extension of stay for additional 90 days is possible, if applied for at least 60 days prior to the expiry date of the visa.

Entry requirements for Irish nationals

Irish nationals require a passport valid for 30 days beyond intended travel, but no visa is needed for stays of up to 90 days.

Passport/Visa Note

Passports should be valid for at least 30 days beyond the period of intended stay. An onward or return ticket is required and evidence of sufficient funds. Note that visitors to South Africa must have at least one blank (unstamped) visa page in their passport, each time entry is sought; this page is in addition to the endorsement/amendment pages at the back of the passport. However, nationals of countries that require a visa before travelling to South Africa, must have two blank pages in their passport - one for issuing a visa prior to departure and one for stamping at the port of entry when entering South Africa.

It should be noted that the child travel laws have recently been amended in South Africa and travellers should confirm requirements with an official government source prior to travel to South Africa with children, just to make sure they have all necessary documentation. A new law came into effect in recent years requiring unabridged birth certificates for each child seeking entry to South Africa, with additional documents required for children travelling as unaccompanied minors. These documents for unaccompanied minors include; proof of consent from one of or both parents in the form of a letter or affidavit; a letter from the person who is to receive the child in the Republic, containing his or her residential address and contact details; a copy of the identity document or valid passport and visa or permanent residence permit of the person who is to receive the child; and the contact details of the parents or legal guardian of the child.

Immigration officials often apply different rules to those stated by travel agents and official sources. The South African Immigration Authorities do not accept loose leaf temporary travel documents. Note that South Africa's immigration laws have changed dramatically over the last two years, and there may be some confusion as to the correct procedure.

Note: Passport and visa requirements are liable to change at short notice. Travellers are advised to check their entry requirements with their embassy or consulate.

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