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Countries exempt from South African Visas

Certain Passport Holders are exempt from applying for visas prior to arrival in South Africa. Please note that these exemptions are subject to change at anytime without notice.

A foreign national who is a holder of a passport of one of the following countries / territories / international organisations is not required to hold a visa prior to travelling to South Africa. A visitors visa will be issued for 90 days at a port of entry.

  • African Union Laissez Passer, Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria
  • Belgium, Botswana, Brazil
  • Canada, Chile, Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Ecuador
  • Finland, France
  • Germany, Greece
  • Iceland, Ireland (Republic of), Israel, Italy
  • Jamaica, Japan
  • Liechtenstein, Luxemburg
  • Malta, Monaco
  • Namibia, Netherlands, Norway 
  • Panama, Paraguay, Portugal      
  • San Marino, Singapore, Spain, St Vincent & the Grenadines, Sweden, Switzerland
  • Tanzania, Trinidad & Tobago
  • 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, Uruguay
  • Venezuela
  • Zambia, Zimbabwe

A foreign national who is a holder of a passport of one of the following countries / territories / international organisations is not required to hold a visa prior to travelling to South Africa. A visitors visa will be issued for 30 days at a port of entry.

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Benin, Bolivia
  • Cape Verde, Costa Rica, Cyprus
  • Gabon, Guyana
  • Hong Kong, Hungary          
  • Jordan
  • Lesotho          
  • Macau, Malaysia, Malawi, Maldives, Mauritius, Mozambique    
  • Peru, Poland            
  • Seychelles, South Korea, Swaziland       
  • Thailand, Turkey

The following categories of the UN as well as their spouses, dependent relatives and other members of the households are exempt from visa requirements when visiting the Republic for periods not exceeding 90 days for purposes for which a port of entry visa may be issued, and for official business purposes and transits and when accredited for placement at a UN mission in the Republic for the duration of their accreditation, provided they are in possession of the relevant letters or identification documents to identify themselves at ports of entry as personnel of an UN agency. 

  • Holders of United Nations Laissez-passers
  • Volunteers attached to the UN
  • Persons involved in any United Nations agency
  • Persons performing services on behalf of the UN
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Dear Client,

South Africa is in a Presidential ordered “lockdown” until 16 April 2020.

  • DIRCO, SAQA, VFS and the Courts are closed.
  • The Department of Home affairs is working on skeleton staff, we expect no movement on new or pending applications.
  • The DHA have advised that foreign nationals will not be penalised on their visa conditions as long as the breach of visa conditions is a result of the lockdown.
  • The SAPS police clearance department, currently, is open and accepting, processing and issuing police clearances. This is subject to change at any time.

Please feel free to call or email us with regards to the services and support we can provide for you during the lockdown period. Our office remains open with staff working remotely respecting and adhering to Government directives.

We will post updates as and when we receive clarification on our usual product offering.