Visa policy of South Africa

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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.[1]

All visitors must hold a passport valid for 1 month and with two blank pages.[2]

Visa policy map[edit]

  South Africa
  Visa-free access to South Africa for 90 days
  Visa-free access to South Africa for 30 days
  Visa-free access to South Africa for diplomatic, official and service passports
  Visa required to enter South Africa and for landside/airside transit

Visa exemptions[edit]

The following individuals can enter South Africa, without a visa:[3]

90 days[edit]

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:

1 - only ordinary passport holders
2 - 90 days per year
3 - British Citizens and British Overseas Territories citizens only

30 days[edit]

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:

Diplomatic, service and official passports[edit]

Citizens who are holders of diplomatic, official and service passports of the following countries do not require visas for the period indicated and transit:

Eligible international organizations[edit]

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.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ New visa rules will hurt tourism: DA
  2. ^ South African Department of Home Affairs (accessed 10 March 2013)
  3. ^ "Visa Information". Timatic. IATA. Retrieved 17 December 2013. 
  4. ^ only with regard to holders of Hong Kong British National Overseas passports and Hong Kong Special Administrative Region passports
  5. ^ only with regard to holders of Macau Special Administrative Region passports (MSAR)