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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

New Zealand nationals require a passport valid for 30 days beyond intended travel. As of 16 January 2017, all diplomatic, official and ordinary passport holders of New Zealand will now require a visa to enter South Africa.

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.

Our Travel Expert

I was born and grew up in Hong Kong so from a young age I started to travel and loved experiencing new countries and cultures. I have been lucky enough to travel all over Asia as well as visiting South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, North America, The Caribbean and over ten countries in Europe. I'm obsessed with sports and all kinds of activities especially when travelling, highlights being Bungee Jumping in Bali, Paragliding in New Zealand, golfing in South Africa and doing a ski season in Canada. Back at home I like to spend my free time at live music events, playing football, cricket, tennis and golf. I studied International Tourism at the University of Ulster and I'm now lucky enough to have a job that combines my love for travel, activities, sports and events. South Africa is my favourite destination on earth and I am very passionate about the place, I take great pleasure in putting together "trip of a life time" itineraries for people and I have completed a South Africa Specialist Program. I've sent many happy clients all over the country for spectacular golf and safari experiences and would be delighted to offer any advice on travelling to, and spending time in South Africa.

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