South African visa requirements for overseas visitors
Are you planning to visit South Africa soon? Here's some helpful information before setting off on your travels.
Most non-South Africans wishing to enter South Africa must have a valid visa, which states the purpose and duration of the visit.
It's important to remember that South Africa's requirements for entry differ from country to country, and can change at any time.
Who needs to apply for a visa?
If you want to visit South Africa for a holiday or business, study or work. There are exemptions to this rule and visitors from certain countries don't need to apply for visas under certain conditions.
Before you're allowed to enter South Africa, you need to have:
South African visitors’ visas may be granted for:
Find out more about the various types of visas you can apply for.
Documents you’ll need for your visa application
Remember, you don't have to submit your visa application in person.
Note: If you're unable to apply in person, you can ask anyone else (such as a travel agent or courier services or another family member) to apply on your behalf.
To apply for a visa, you need to:
Note: If a business visa is applied for, you also need to provide a letter of invitation from the South African company to be visited, as well as a letter from your company.
Where can you apply for a visa
You must organise a visa before you come to South Africa. You can't apply for a visa at South African ports of entry.
If there's a South African diplomatic or consular representative in your country, then you must submit your visa application to them.
View the list of South African offices abroad.
If there is no South African diplomat or consulate in your country, you can send your application to:
Director-General: Foreign Affairs
There are certain goods that you can't bring into South Africa and other goods on which duties need to be paid. Find out more on:
For more information on how to apply for a visa to visit South Africa, contact your nearest South African diplomatic or consular representative or visit the Department of Home Affairs website.
These facility categories:
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- Applying for a Passport (Service)
- Yellow fever certificates (Service)
- Foreign Exchange Allowances (Service)
- South African Passports and Travel Documents Act (Act)