A visa may or may not be required depending on your country of citizenship.


As a tourist visiting South Africa and staying for less than 90 days, you don’t need an advance visa if you possess a United States, Canadian, or Australian passport.

If you’re visiting South Africa for less than 90 days and you’re a citizen of the United States, Canada, or Australia, you’ll need a valid passport as proof of identification and proof of an onward ticket. Your passport should be valid for at least six months after the date you intend to return home. However, if you plan to stay for more than 90 days, you’ll need to obtain a visa.

To obtain a visa upon arrival in South Africa, your US, Canadian, or Australian passport must have at least two completely blank visa pages. These pages should face each other so that the entry stamp can be placed on one page and the exit stamp on the other.

Without proper identification and documentation, you will be denied entry into the country. Therefore, you must ensure you have all the necessary documents to avoid any inconveniences during your travel.

It’s important to note that immigration officers have the authority to deny entry to any traveler.

For a complete list of visa-exempt countries, CLICK HERE.


A South African visitor visa application must be submitted before traveling to South Africa. A visitor visa in South Africa allows a non-visa-exempt foreign national to visit the country for tourism purposes. Therefore, it needs to be applied for before arrival in South Africa. The visitor visa for South Africa also covers many subsets, such as the long-stay visitor visa, the visitor visa with a spouse, and visitor visa with children.

For more information regarding the visitor visa, CLICK HERE.


If traveling with a child under the age of 18, please note that in addition to their passport, immigration also requires the original unabridged birth certificate regardless of the relationship of the minor to the traveling companions. In addition, if the minor is traveling without both parents, a power of attorney is required. Please contact the consulate for all details before travel or visit the South African Department of Home Affairs.

Without proper documentation, entry will not be granted.

NOTE: If you are traveling to other countries in Southern Africa, additional blank pages are required.