South African visa is a form of permission or a pass for a non-citizen to enter, transit or remain in South Africa. South African
visa is a stamp or form placed in your passport when you enter, and sometimes when you leave South Africa.
A visa in your passport does not guarantee entry. That remains the right of the immigration officials in South Africa.
Please note: In individual cases, you may be required to provide additional documents. Embassy rules and regulations can and do, very occationally change overnight.
We accept no responsibilty for any such changes. Also, we regret that we cannot, under any circumstances, intercede or take responsibilty for any transaction initiated directly between an applicant and the embassy.
There are two options to check whether you require a South African visa or not for your trip to South Africa.
Check the current South African visa regulations from the South African foreign ministry from here or find the South African embassy in your country of permanent residence to obtain the visa application requirements for South Africa.
The South African Embassies and Consular Offices are the only accredited South African Government agencies, who are permitted to grant South African visas in a different country.
Generally, to avoid any risks that can come up when getting on flights to South Africa or at South African ports of entry due to possible miscommunication, visitors are highly adviced to apply with the South African Embassy and Consular Offices in your home country to get South African visas in advance of travelling.
The visa information below is provided by VisaHQ, who specialises in providing visa services to travellers in Canada, United Kingdom and United States.
The South African tourist visa requirement for nationals of Canada, UK and USA are shown above. If you are a permanent resident of either Canada or UK or USA, please select your nationality shown in your passport from the box appropriate box above, to see whether you will need a visa for South Africa.
There are several types of South African visas available for travel to South Africa:
South African tourist visa is issued for a limited time of leisure travel and no business activities permitted in South Africa;
South African business visa is for participating in short term commerce in South Africa;
South African Transit visa, is valid for 3 days or less, for transferring through port in South Africa to a third destination;
On-arrival visa for South Africa is given at a port of entry. This is different from not needing a visa at all, as the visitor sholud still get the visa before they can in fact seek to pass through immigration point in South Africa;
South African spousal visa or partner visa, given to the spouse, civil partner or de facto partner of a resident or South African citizen.