The information provided here is to be used as a guide only.

Please consult with the relevant embassy before you travel as we cannot take any responsibility whatsoever for the use of this information.

This information is based on the following assumptions:
  • The requirements are based on tourist and not business applications
  • You have the necessary funds/ tickets/ paperwork
  • The applicant's passport should remain valid for a period of 6 months after the applicant's departure from South Africa.
  • All applicants intending to be professionally active in South Africa and contemplating any voluntary or paid employment or studies must apply for work or study permits. 

No Visa Required for the following countries

No visas are required for holiday and business visits by citizens of the following countries unless applicants have been specifically advised that their visa exemption has been withdrawn

  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Canada
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Guernsey
  • Iceland
  • Isle Of Mann
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Liechtenstein
  • Luxemburg
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Northern Ireland
  • Norway
  • Portugal
  • Republic Of Ireland
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom
  • USA
  • Virgin Islands

No Visa Required for up to 90 days stay

No visas are required for holiday or business visits of up to 90 days, by citizens of the following countries unless applicants have been specifically advised that their visa exemption has been withdrawn.

  • Argentina
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Ecuador
  • Israel
  • Jamaica
  • Malta
  • Paraguay
  • St Helena
  • Swaziland
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela

No Visa Required for up to 30 days stay

No visas are required for holiday or business visits of up to 30 days, by citizens of the following countries unless applicants have been specifically advised that their visa exemption has been withdrawn.

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Benin
  • Bolivia
  • Botswana
  • Cape Verde
  • Costa Rica
  • Cyprus
  • Gabon
  • Guyana
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • Jordan
  • Lesotho
  • Malawi
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Mauritius
  • Mexico
  • Namibia
  • Peru
  • Seychelles
  • Singapore
  • Slovak Republic
  • South Korea
  • Thailand
  • Turkey; (Turkish Republic of North Cyprus passport not acceptable)
  • Zambia

Other Countries not mentioned

If your country is not mentioned above then you will require a visa to enter South Africa.  Visa's can be obtained at any of the South African Embassies in your country.

Applicants must submit their completed application form BI-84E "Application for a Visa" which can be obtained at the Embassy or consulate before you travel.
Applications for visas must be submitted together with:

  • two (2) passport size photographs
  • Original passport
  • Details of intended travel arrangements
  • a business letter if traveling on business
  • the required fee if any
  • any other documentation that may support their visit to South Africa.

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