To enter South Africa, a passport valid for at least 30 days after the intended date of departure is required by all nationals referred to in the chart above. Passports must have at least two blank pages for entry stamps.
Yellow fever certificates are required if the journey starts from or passes through a country with yellow fever.
Visas for South Africa are not required by nationals referred to in the chart above for stays of up to 90 days except:
• Nationals of Cyprus, Hungary and Poland, who may stay visa-free for up to 30 days.
• Nationals of (1) Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia, who do require a visa.
Nationals not referred to in the chart above are advised to contact the embassy/high commission for visa requirements.
The Department of Home Affairs website (www.home-aairs.gov.za (http://www.home-aairs.gov.za)) has comprehensive details on visa requirements and exemptions and the relevant forms for downloading. If you are one of the few travellers subject to visa requirements, you should apply for your visa before you intend to travel. No visas are issued at South African points of entry. If you arrive without the necessary paperwork, immigration officials are obliged to refuse you entry.
Types and Cost
Visitor’s visa: £35.
Visitor’s visa: up to 90 days.
Nationals requiring a visa to visit South Africa must obtain a transit visa if travelling through South Africa to visit a neighbouring country.
Consulate (or consular section at high commission/embassy). In the UK, VFS Global (www.vfsglobal.com/southafrica/uk (http://www.vfsglobal.com/southafrica/uk)) handles visa applications on behalf of the high commission; an additional £35 service charge applies.
If you intend to work in South Africa, including any voluntary or paid employment or studies, you must apply for a work, study or exchange visa before you arrive.
For applications in the UK, allow at least seven days for visa processing in the London visa centre and nine days for processing in Manchester or Edinburgh.
Nationals requiring a visa must show bank statements with at least £600.
Extension of stay
If you need to extend your visa, you should contact the nearest branch of the Department of Home Affairs. If you plan to visit for longer than 90 days, you normally need to apply for a temporary residence permit.
Entry with pets
An import permit is required for all pets, applied for through the Directorate of Animal Health in South Africa. A 14-day quarantine period applies to dogs from many countries. Cats are exempt from quarantine. Animals must be vaccinated against rabies except those coming from the UK, Australia, and New Zealand. It’s worth checking first whether you will be allowed to take pets back into your home country again after they have been in South Africa.
Embassies and tourist offices:
Embassy of the Republic of South Africa in the USA
Telephone: (202) 232 4400 / (202) 274 7991 (consular section).
Address: 3051 Massachusetts Avenue, Washington, 20008,
Opening times: Mon-Thurs 0800-1230 and 1300-1700; Fri 0800-1400. Consular section Mon-Fri 0830-1200.
South African Consulate in the UK (Visa services)
Address: 66 Wilson Street, London, EC2 A2JX,
Opening times: By appointment only.
South African High Commission in the UK
Telephone: (020) 7451 7299.
Address: Trafalgar Square, South Africa House, London, WC2N 5DP,
Opening times: Mon-Fri 0900-1100 (appointments only).
The British High Commission in South Africa
Telephone: (012) 421 7500.
Address: Arcadia, 255 Hill Street, Pretoria,
Opening times: Mon-Thurs 0800-1700; Fri 0800-1230.