Visa policy of South Africa
Visitors to South Africa must obtain a visa from one of the South African diplomatic missions unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries. Visitors who require a visa must apply in person and provide biometric data.
All visitors must hold a passport valid for 1 month and with two blank pages.
Visa policy map
Citizens of the following countries/territories do not require a visa:
Citizens of the following 47 countries/territories who hold valid national passports are not required to obtain South African visas for visits of up to 90 days:
Citizens of the following 29 countries/territories who hold valid national passports are not required to obtain South African visas for visits of up to 30 days:
Other nationalities which are not listed will need to obtain a visa prior to arriving in South Africa.
Eligible international organizations
Individuals holding the following travel documents are not required to obtain South African visas for visits of up to 90 days:
- Staff members of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) who travel on SADC laissez-passers are exempt from visa requirements for bona fide official business visits up to 90 days and transit.
- New visa rules will hurt tourism: DA
- South African Department of Home Affairs (accessed 10 March 2013)
- "Visa Information". Timatic. IATA. Retrieved 17 December 2013.
- only with regard to holders of Hong Kong British National Overseas passports and Hong Kong Special Administrative Region passports
- only with regard to holders of Macau Special Administrative Region passports (MSAR)