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Need help understanding visa requirements?
Whale Watching South Africa
Nov 12, 2020

Do you need help to understand visa and travel permission requirements for South Africa?

 

Right now things may feel a bit confusing, with borders globally opening and closing, entry requirements constantly changing and sometimes things feeling a bit murky.  Here are some commonly asked questions about visa requirements and travelling to South Africa.

 

Can I travel to South Africa?

 

Yes, you can travel to South Africa.  With effect from 12 November 2020, all international travel is permitted to South Africa.  This means that any international travel, from any country, and for any purpose is allowed subject to the following:

  • All travellers need to provide a valid certificate of a negative Covid-19 PCR test which was obtained not more than 72 hours before the date of departure.  For further information about entry requirements, please see “What are the travel entry requirements.”

 

Entry into and exit from South Africa is subject to the normal immigration requirements.  If a visa is required to enter South Africa, you will need to obtain it at a South African Mission abroad.

 

Are there any special visa rules for international travel to South Africa due to Covid-19?

 

No, there are no special visa rules for international travel to South Africa due to Covid-19.  With effect from 12 November 2020, all international travel to South Africa is permitted per South Africa’s normal visa requirements.

If a visa is required to enter South Africa, you will need to obtain it at a South African Mission abroad.

Prior approval for business travel is no longer required.

All travellers need to show a negative Covid-19 test obtained not more than 72 hours before the date of travel.

 

Is my country still visa-exempt for travel to South Africa?

 

Yes, it is.  All visa exemptions have been reinstated.

Click here to find a list of visa-exempt countries.

 

Do you need more information on travelling to South Africa?

 

To help you plan and book your trip to Cape Town and the Western Cape with confidence, we have put together information on what borders are open, the COVID-19 App and what the travel entry and transit requirements are.

 

READ MORE HERE

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