Some passport holders may not need a visa to enter the Republic of South Africa, making travelling to the tip of Africa so much easier for those visiting on leisure or business.
Announced by the South African Department of Home Affairs, the nationals of nearly 50 international countries and territories will not be required to obtain a visa before approaching a South African port of entry. Essentially this means that if you are a citizen of any of the countries or territories listed here, you will either be issued a visa at your port of entry (harbour / airport etc) or you may not need a visa at all!
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 port of entry visa 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:
Citizens from these countries need not apply for a visa when visiting South Africa:
African Union Laissez Passer
Chile (only ordinary passport holders)
Germany (except in diplomatic staff due to assume duty at the Embassy and Consulates of Germany in SA)
Namibia (only ordinary passport holders 90 days per annum)
St Vincent & the Grenadines
Tanzania (90 days per annum)
Trinidad & Tobago (only ordinary passport holders)
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (only ordinary passport holders)
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)
Zambia (90 days per annum)
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 port of entry visa may be issued or 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:
Visitors to South Africa, from the countries listed below, will be issued a visa at their port of entry:
Antigua and Barbuda
Bahamas (only ordinary passport holders)
Hong Kong (certain conditions apply)
Macau (certain conditions apply)
The Department of Home Affairs announced, in addition, that agreements have also been concluded with the following countries for holders of diplomatic and official passport holders:
Albania (120 days)
Algeria (30 days)
Angola (90 days)
Belarus (90 days)
Benelux states (90 days)
Bulgaria (90 days)
China (PROC) (30 days)
Cyprus (90 days)
Comoros (90 days)
Croatia (90 days)
Cuba (90 days)
Egypt (30 days)
Ghana (90 days)
Guinea (90 days)
Hungary (120 days)
India (90 days)
Ivory Coast (Cote d’Ivoire) (30 days)
Kenya (30 days)
Mexico (90 days)
Madagascar (30 days)
Morocco (30 days)
Mozambique (90 days)
Namibia (30 days)
Nigeria (90 days)
Paraguay (120 days)
Poland (90 days)
Romania (90 days)
Russian Federation (90 days)
Rwanda (30 days)
Senegal (90 days)
Slovak Republic (90 days)
Thailand (90 days)
Tunisia (90 days)
Vietnam (90 days)
Are you a heavy-duty Vehicle Drivers employed by a South African company? Did you know that….
While certain other conditions may apply, a General Work Visa is not required if you are the driver of a commercial heavy duty vehicle if you are employed by South African company and immigrated here from any of the countries which enjoy visa free movement into South Africa!
Heavy-duty driver employed in a foreign company? Did you know that…
Port of entry visas are not required if you are a foreign employed commercial heavy-duty vehicle driver from Lesotho, Swaziland, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi entering the Republic. Certain conditions apply and you will have to be able to confirm your employment/
Working for SADC?
Staff members of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) who travel on SADC laissez-passers are exempt from visa requirements for bona fide official business visits up to 90 days and transit.
UN-officials and their immediate family members can visit South Africa visa free for up to 90 days.
The family of a UN- official travelling to South Africa for official business purposes, mission placements and transits will not need a visa (certain conditions will apply).
Military personnel, when on official visits to South Africa, invited by the South African National Defence Force, are exempt from visa and study visa requirements. There are no conditions on the length of their stay.