General information

Visitor visas for periods of 90 days or less are available for international tourists who would like to visit the country for tourism or business purposes.

What does a visa mean?

A visa shows that your request to the visit the country has been reviewed and you have been allowed to visit the country for your specified purpose.

Things to note
  • You are restricted to whichever activity your visa was issued.
  • Visas allow you to travel to a South African entryway after which your eligibility will be double checked by an immigration authority.
  • You may be refused entry into the country if you have incorrectly stated the purpose of your visit.
Visitor visas and requirements

Information from the Official Department of Home Affairs.

South African visitors’ visas may be granted for:
  • Visiting family and friends
  • Tourism purposes
  • Business purposes
  • To visit spouses present in the country and on a work/study permit
  • Children to visit their parents who are in South Africa on work or study permits
  • Fiancée/fiancé to visit his or her partner intending to marry within 90 days
  • Study purposes (max stay 3-months)
  • Charity or voluntary activities
  • Research
  • Conferences
  • To participate in the production of a movie or show (i.e. in the entertainment industry)
  • Medical purposes (max stay 3-months)
  • Sport events

Documents required to apply for a visa
  • A passport or travel document valid for no less than 30 days after the expiry of your intended visit
  • Your passport must have at least TWO unused pages for entry/departure endorsements
  • A completed Form BI-84 (application for a visa)
  • Payment of the prescribed fee
  • A yellow-fever vaccination certificate (if required)
  • Statement and/or documentation confirming the purpose and duration of your visit
  • Two colour passport photographs
  • A return or onward ticket if you are travelling by air
  • If you have children (minors) travelling with you or joining in South Africa, you will need to provide the following additional documents
  • Proof of guardianship or custody or
  • Consent from the guardian in the case of an unaccompanied minor
  • Proof of financial means to pay for your living expenses while in South Africa in the form of:
  • Bank statements
  • Salary Advances
  • Undertakings by the host(s) in South Africa
  • Bursary
  • Medical cover or
  • Cash available (including credit cards and travellers’ cheques)
Each country has different visa requirements and many countries are exempt.

Visa fees are updated annually and are payable in different currencies in different regions. See the list of countries which are subject to pay South African visa fees here.

Documents required

Taken from official website

In order to visit South Africa, you need the following
  • A valid and acceptable passport for your stay
  • One blank page (minimum) in your passport for endorsements
  • A valid visa
  • Enough funds to support your day-to-day expenses
  • A return ticket (or onward ticket)
  • Yellow fever certificates if your journey starts or entails passing through the yellow fever belt of Africa or South America.


South Africa has policies on which goods you can and cannot bring into the country. Some goods also require a duty payment.

See Customs specifications here

See Agricultural requirements here