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South African Visa Requirements and Information brought to you by Touch Africa SafarisPlease note that the information we supply here is the latest available from the Department of Home Affairs, South Africa, and should be used as a guide only. We cannot accept responsibility should this not be accurate. It is your responsibility to check what the visa requirements are for the passport you hold.


The citizen who is a holder of a national passport (diplomatic, official and ordinary) / travel document of the foreign countries / territories / international organisations listed below are not required to hold a visa when reporting to an immigration officer for an examination at a South African port of entry, subject to the terms and conditions set out in this list, including inter alia the intended period of stay in the Republic. 

1. The holder of a national South African passport, travel document and document for travel purposes. 

2. The citizen who is a holder of a national passport (diplomatic, official or ordinary) / travel document of the following countries / territories / international organisations is not required to hold a visa in respect of purposes for which a visitor's permit may be issued or by virtue of being a person contemplated in section 31(3)(b) [diplomatic & official visit] for an intended stay of 90 days or less and when in transit:

African Union Laissez Passer France New Zealand 
Andorra Germany Norway 
Argentina Greece   Paraguay  
Australia   Iceland Portugal 
Austria Ireland San Marino 
Belgium Israel Singapore
Botswana  Italy Spain
Brazil Jamaica St Vincent & the Grenadines
Canada Japan Sweden
Chile Liechtenstein Switzerland
Czech Republic Luxemburg Uruguay
Denmark Malta United States of America
Ecuador Monaco  

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Guernsey and Jersey, Isle of Man and Virgin Islands, and British Overseas Territories 

Finland Netherlands  Venezuela

3. Note that a national of the following countries do require a visa: British Dependent Territories including:

Anguilla, Bermuda, British Antarctic Territory, British Indian Ocean Territory, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, St Helena, Montserrat, Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno Islands, the Sovereign Base Area of Akrotiri and Dhekelia and the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Anguilla Cayman Islands Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno Islands
Bermuda Falkland Islands St Helena
British Antarctic Territory Gibraltar Sovereign Base Area of Akrotiri and Dhekelia
British Indian Ocean Territory Montserrat Turks and Caicos Islands. 

4. The citizen who is a holder of a national passport (diplomatic, official and ordinary) / travel document of the following countries / territories / international organizations is not required to hold a visa in respect of purposes for which a visitor's permit may be issued or by virtue of being a person contemplated in section 31(3)(b) [diplomatic & official visit] for an intended stay of 30 days or less and when in transit:

Antigua and Barbuda Hungary Poland
Barbados Jordan Seychelles
Belize Lesotho Slovak Republic
Benin Macau - only with regard to holders of Macau Special Administrative Region passports (MSAR) South Korea
Bolivia Malaysia Swaziland
Cape Verde Malawi Thailand
Costa Rica Maldives Turkey
Cyprus  Mauritius Zambia
Gabon Mozambique

Zimbabwe [only in respect of government officials, including police on cross border investigations] 
Guyana Namibia    
Hong Kong [only with regard to holders of Hong Kong British National Overseas passports and Hong Kong Special Administrative Region passports] Peru    

5. Agreements have also been concluded with the following countries for holders of diplomatic and official passport holders. 

Citizens who are holders of diplomatic, official and service passports of the following countries
do not require visas in respect of purposes for which a visitor's permit may be issued or by virtue of being a person contemplated in section 31(3)(b) [diplomatic & official visit] for the period indicated and transit:

Albania (120 days)

Guinea (90 days)

Poland (90 days)

Algeria (30 days)

Hungary (120 days)

Romania (90 days)

Angola (90 days)

Ivory Coast (30 days)

Rwanda (30 days)

Belarus (90 days)

Kenya (30 days)

Slovak (90 days)

Bulgaria (90 days)

Mexico (90 days)

Slovenia (120 days)

Comoros (90 days)

Madagascar (30 days)

Tanzania (90 days)

Croatia (90 days)

Morocco (30 days)

Thailand (90 days)

Cyprus (90 days)

Mozambique
(90 days)

Tunisia (90 days)

Egypt (30 days)

Paraguay (120 days)

Vietnam (90 days)

6. Notwithstanding this Schedule, a foreigner whose visa exemption has been withdrawn shall comply with the visa requirements until notified by the Department that his or her visa exemption has been re-instated by the Department on petition or of its own accord.

7. Visas are not required by passport holders of Lesotho, Swaziland, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Malawi who are entering the Republic as commercial heavy-duty vehicle drivers provide their visits do not exceed 15 days and on condition that they can produce a letter confirming their employment with a transport company on entry. 

8. 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.

9. Holders of United Nations (UN) laissez-passers are exempt from visa requirements when visiting the Republic for periods not exceeding 90 days for purposes for which a visitor's permit may be issued, and for official business purposes and transits and when accredited for placement at a UN mission in the Republic for the duration of their accreditation. Volunteers attached to UN agencies and travelling on ordinary passports are exempt from visa requirements, provided they are in possession of the relevant letters or identification documents to identify themselves at ports of entry as personnel of an UN agency.

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