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
The following individuals can enter South Africa, without 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:
Diplomatic, service and official passports
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
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)