Formal Entry Requirements for South Africa

Expat’s who want to live, study, work or visit South Africa will be required to have a Visa to enter the country. The requirements are different depending on what country you are from and these do change. It is advised that expats obtain the correct information from the South African missions or consulate office abroad or any Department of Home Affairs offices. They will also be able to tell you if you are exempt to get a visa or not. Some of these countries include: Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Japan, Jamaica, Ireland and many more.

The documents you need to apply for a visa are:

  • A passport or travel document for no less than 30 days after expiry of visit
  • Passport must have two blank pages for entry and departure
  • BI-84 application form (Completed)
  • Prescribed payment fee
  • A vaccination certificate for yellow fever (If required)
  • Two passport photos in colour
  • Document which confirms the duration and reason you are visiting the country
  • Return ticket
  • Proof of financial funds to pay for living expenses i.e. Bank statements, Medical cover, salary advances or cash
  • If travelling with children you will need to provide a proof of guardianship and consent from the guardian in the case of an unaccompanied minor

If you want to visit South Africa you will need the following:

  • A valid passport or travel document
  • A valid visa (If required)
  • One blank page in your passport for endorsements
  • A return ticket
  • Funds to pay for day to day expenses during the period of stay