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  Passport Required? Visa Required? Return Ticket Required?
British Yes No Yes
Australian Yes No Yes
Canadian Yes No Yes
USA Yes No Yes
Other EU Yes A Yes
Japanese Yes No Yes

Passport valid for at least 30 days after the intended date of departure is required by all.

All passengers must have a passport with at least 1 blank page.


Visas are required by all except the following for business and tourist purposes:

A. Nationals of countries referred to in the chart above for stays of up to 90 days, except nationals of Hungary, Cyprus, Poland and Slovak Republic who may stay for up to 30 days and nationals of Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania and Slovenia who do require a visa.

Nationals of Andorra, Norway, Paraguay, Liechtenstein, Israel, Botswana, Iceland, Jamaica, Bulgaria, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Ecuador, Mexico, Monaco, New Zealand, St Vincent & the Grenadines, San Marino, Singapore, Switzerland, Uruguay and Venezuela for stays of up to 90 days.

Nationals of Antigua & Barbuda, Costa Rica, Gabon, Benin, Bolivia, Barbados, Belize, Cape Verde, Guyana, Hong Kong (SAR) (Holders of Hong Kong British Nationals overseas passports and Hong Kong special passports), Jordan, Korea (Republic), Lesotho, Macau (SAR), Malawi, Thailand, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Peru, Namibia, Seychelles, Swaziland, Turkey and Zambia for stays of up to 30 days.

Transit passengers continuing their journey by the same or 1st connecting aircraft provided holding onward or return documentation and not leaving the airport.

Unaccompanied children under the age of 18 years must hold written consent from their parents when travelling alone.

The cost of different types of visa

Visitors and Transit: £35.

Study Permits: £43 (price depends on the level of education).

Business: £125.

Some nationals (including the United Kingdom, India and Zimbabwe) are exempt from visa fees. Other nationals must apply for a visa and pay the appropriate fee. All fees are subject to change without notice, travellers are advised to check with Embassy or Consulate to confirm costs.


Validity depends on the length of stay requested. Permits may be extended, if done so it must be 30 days prior to expiry of original permit.

Application to

Consulate (or Consular section at Embassy or High Commission), please check the Passport / Visa Information at the bottom of the page for contact information. Applicants in countries where South Africa is not represented may send their applications to the embassy in the nearest country.

Application requirements

A Visitor must have:
    A Valid passport with at least one blank page
  2 passport size photos (size must be 45 mm by 35 mm
  The fee, payable in cash, postal order or bank draft.
  A completed application form.
  A stamped, self addressed special delivery envelope if applying    by post.
  A valid vaccination certificate, if required by the Act.
  Proof of sufficient funds that cover the visit and return tickets.
  Return or onward tickets.
  Documentation or a statement confirming the purpose of the    visit.
  Yellow fever certificate if travelling to, from or through the    prevalent zone.
    All of which a visitor must have and sufficient documentation for admission to destination.
Working days required

4 days, or up to 10 days for postal applications.

Temporary residence

Temporary residence allows encompass Study, Work or Workseeker Permits. Please contact the nearest Consulate (or Consular section at Embassy) for further information.

Contact Details

South African High Commission in the UK
Address: South Africa House, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DP, UK
Telephone: (020) 7451 7299.
Website address: www.southafricahouse.com
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 9.00 am to 5.00 pm.
Opening hours for consular section: 8.45 am to 12.45 pm.

South African Consulate in the UK
Address: 15 Whitehall, London SW1A 2DD, UK
Telephone: (020) 7925 8900/01/10.
Website address: www.southafricahouse.com/Consulate.htm
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 8.45 am to 12.45 pm (personal applications only).

Embassy of the Republic of South Africa in the USA
Address: 3051 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20008, USA
Telephone: (202) 232 4400.
Website address: www.saembassy.org

South African Consulate in the USA
Street address: 4301 Connecticut Ave, NW, Van Ness Building, Suite 220, Washington DC, 20008
Postal Address: 3051 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington,DC 20008, USA
(202) 274 7991.
Opening hours: 9.00 am to 12.00 pm.