Attendance

Do I Need a Visa?

South Africa requires at least one, entirely blank (unstamped) visa page (i.e. one side of such a page not front and back thereof) in their passport, each time entry is sought into South Africa. These pages are in addition to the endorsement/amendment pages at the back of the passport. South African government regulations prohibit airlines from boarding passengers without the required blank visa page. Effective October 1, 2014 children 17 & under will be required to present an unabridged full birth certificate. Extracts or copies are not acceptable. If both parents are not traveling with the child, additional documentation is required. For more information regarding children's entry requirements please visit the South African consulate website http://www.southafrica-newyork.net/homeaffairs/index.htm or https://www.flysaa.com/jo/en/planmytrip/travelAdvisory/sa-immigration-under-18.html


The following information is taken from http://www.home-affairs.gov.za/index.php/immigration-services/exempt-countries It is offered here only as a start.  Always check visa requirements nearer the date of departure.

The citizen who is a holder of a national passport (diplomatic, official or ordinary) of the following countries / territories / international organisations is not required to hold a visa in respect of purposes for which a visitor’s permit may be issued or by virtue of being a person contemplated in section 31(3)(b) [accredited in SA] for an intended stay of 90 days or less and when in transit:

  • African Union Laissez Passer
  • Andorra
  • Argentina
  • Australia 
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Botswana 
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • Chile (only ordinary passport holders)
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Ecuador
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany (except in diplomatic staff due to assume duty at the Embassy and Consulates of Germany in SA)
  • Greece 
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Liechtenstein
  • Luxemburg
  • Malta             
  • Monaco
  • Namibia (only ordinary passport holders)
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway  
  • Panama (only ordinary passport holders)       
  • Paraguay
  • Portugal       
  • San Marino     
  • Singapore
  • Spain
  • St Vincent & the Grenadines
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland 
  • Tanzania (90 days per year)
  • Trinidad & Tobago (only ordinary passport holders)
  • United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland  
  • British Islands Bailiwick of Guernsey and Jersey, Isle of Man. British Oversees Territories namely: Anguilla, Bermuda, British Antarctic Territory, British Indian Ocean Territory, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Montserrat, St Helena and Dependencies (Ascension Island, Gough Island and Tristan da Cunha), Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno Islands, the Sovereign Base Areas of Cyprus South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands and the Turks and Caicos Island.
  • United States of America (except in diplomatic staff due to assume duty at the Embassy and Consulates of the USA in SA)
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela
  • Zambia (90 days per annum)
  • Zimbabwe

 

The citizen who is a holder of a national passport (diplomatic, official and ordinary) of the following countries / territories / international organisations is not required to hold a visa in respect of purposes for which a visitor’s permit may be issued by virtue of being a person contemplated in section 31(3)(b) [accredited in SA] for an intended stay of 30 days or less and when in transit:

 

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Bahamas (only ordinary passport holders)
  • Barbados
  • Belize                  
  • Benin
  • Bolivia
  • Cape Verde
  • Costa Rica
  • Cyprus               
  • Gabon
  • Guyana
  • Hong Kong [only with regard to holders of Hong Kong British National Overseas passports and Hong Kong Special Administrative Region passports] 
  • Hungary
  • Jordan
  • Lesotho
  • Macau [only with regard to holders of Macau Special Administrative Region passports (MSAR)]
  • Malaysia
  • Malawi
  • Maldives
  • Mauritius
  • Mozambique
  • Peru
  • Poland
  • Seychelles
  • Slovak Republic
  • South Korea
  • Swaziland
  • Thailand           
  • Turkey

 

Notwithstanding this Schedule, a foreigner whose visa exemption has been withdrawn shall comply with the visa requirements until notified by the Department that his or her visa exemption has been re-instated by the Department on petition or of its own accord.