The South African government requires tourists to obtain a Tourist Visa for South Africa in order to enter the country, either on or prior to arrival. On this page you will find:
- Different Visa Categories
- Which nationalities require a visa
- Passport requirements
- Types of visas for tourists
- How to pay for your visa
- The current fees for the different visas
- Travelling with minors (children under 18) to South Africa
- Links to the relevant government visa websites
For current Covid travel requirements into South Africa and Southern Africa, please read through the Covid travel information page.
Different South African Tourist Visa Categories
Visa-Exemption – No visa required. Aside from being required to produce a valid passport at the port of entry, no other action or fee is applicable. Visitor may stay in the country for up to 90 days from arrival date.
Visitor’s Visa – Valid for a single entry and valid for 90 days or less.
Nationalities that Require a Visa for South Africa
Passport Requirements to enter South Africa
- A valid and acceptable passport or travel document for your intended stay
- At least one blank page in your passport for endorsements
- A valid visa, if required
- Sufficient funds to pay for your day-to-day expenses during your stay
- A return or onward ticket
- Yellow fever certificates if your journey starts or entails passing through the yellow fever belt of Africa or South America.
Types of South African Tourist Visas
Visitors Visa – Valid for a single entry and valid for 90 days or less
Purchasing a Visa for South Africa
Prospective visitors to South Africa who do not have visa-exemption, must apply and pay for their visa prior to travel. This can be done directly at a South African Mission Abroad, or online. Only once in possession of the visa approval should travel to South Africa be undertaken. Visitors arriving without a visa will be denied entry and placed on a flight to their home country.
Current Fee Structure for South African Visas
The price for a Visitor’s Visa varies from one country to the next. Applicants will be advised of the fee in the course of their application.
Travelling with minors (children under 18) to South Africa
Any minor (child under 18 years of age) traveling to South Africa must carry with them:
- Unabridged birth certificate or certified copy thereof
- A certified affidavit letter from any non-travelling parent allowing the minor child to travel with the other parent or another adult. This should include both the child and adult’s passport information and travel plans.
If only one parent appears on the birth certificate, and the child is traveling with the parent then no affidavit is required.
In the case of a parent having sole custody of a child, then original or certified copies of the court document is required.
In the case of a death of one parent, then an original or certified copy of the death certificate is required.
The following links will help you obtain your Tourist Visa for South Africa and other important information.
South African Immigration e-Visa Mainpage:
South African Visa Exemptions
South African Missions Abroad
South African Tourism Board Information Page:
South African Department of Tourism