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 under a Presidential ordered “lockdown”. South Africa is currently under level 3 lockdown.

We have the following updates on the services we offer during the lockdown period:

DIRCO – OPEN: The DIRCO offices are open to apostille, but with limited functionality. We have to book appointment for submissions and collections. When we receive your instruction we will advise on turnaround times.

SAPS Pretoria for police clearance certificates – OPEN

Notary – OPEN

Translations – OPEN

Courts – PARTIALLY OPENED: - with skeleton staff working on a rotational basis for authentications/apostilles.

SAQA – PARTIALLY OPENED: The physical office is closed, but staff are working. Documents can be submitted online or by courier.

VFS – PARTIALLY OPENED: – collections only. They have not advised when they will open for collections.

The Department of Home Affairs have advised, by published Directive, that foreign nationals will not be penalised on their visa conditions as long as the expiry of the visa is a result of the lockdown. All COVID affected visas are deemed to be valid the visa expired during lockdown. More information on the DHA website.

The Department of Home AffairsCivic Affairs – PARTIALLY OPENED only processing limited new applications like new birth/death certificates relating to the last few months & COVID. No existing reprints of documents, ID’s or passports.

SA EMBASSIES – Some are open, some closed; with no consistency or notice of opening/closing. The Embassies are acting autonomously. We advise that you contact your nearest Embassy should you need any Embassy services.

FOREIGN EMBASSIES IN SA – Majority are closed.

SENDING/RECEIVING DOCUMENTS – documents can only be sent to us by courier and we can only return documents by courier door to door (we use DHL). For new and upcoming applications we advise that you send the documents to us in the interim so when Departments open we can submit immediately. Currently we cannot meet face to face, but happy to discuss by telephone call, skype, whatsapp call or video conference.

Please feel free to call or email us with regards to the services and support we can provide for you during the lockdown period.

Please note that all of the above is subject to change without notice. We will post updates as and when we receive clarification.

Keep safe and Godspeed during these difficult times.