Subject to change without notice
Passport holders who are exempt from South African Visas
The citizen who is a holder of a national passport (diplomatic, official or ordinary) of the foreign countries / territories / international organization listed below are not required to hold a visa when reporting to an immigration officer for an examination at a South African port of entry, subject to the terms and conditions set out in this list, including inter alia, the intended period of stay in the Republic.
1. The holder of a national South African passport, travel document and document for travel purposes.
2. The citizen who is a holder of a national passport (diplomatic, official or ordinary) of the following countries / territories / international organizations 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) [diplomatic and official visit] for an intended stay of 90 days or less and when in transit.
|African Union laissez-passer||Greece||San Marino|
|Australia||Israel||St. Vincent & the Grenadines|
|Brazil||Liechtenstein||Trinidad and Tobago|
|Canada||Luxembourg||United Kingdom of Great Britain*|
|Chile||Malta||British Overseas Territories**|
|Czech Republic||Monaco||United States of America|
3. The citizen who is a holder of a national passport (diplomatic, official and ordinary) of the following countries / territories / international organizations 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) [diplomatic and official] visit for an intended stay of 30 days or less and when in transit:
|Antigua and Barbuda||Guyana||Mozambique|
|Cape Verde||Malaysia||South Korea|
4. Agreements have also been concluded with the following countries for holders of diplomatic and official passports.
Citizens who are holders of diplomatic, official and service passports of the following countries do not require visas 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) [diplomatic and official visit] for the period indicated and transit
|Albania||120 days||Mexico||90 days|
|Algeria||30 days||Madagascar||30 days|
|Angola||90 days||Morocco||30 days|
|Belarus||90 days||Mozambique||90 days|
|Bulgaria||90 days||Paraguay||120 days|
|China (PROC)*||30 days||Poland||90 days|
|Cyprus||90 days||Romania||90 days|
|Comoros||90 days||Russian Federation||90 days|
|Croatia||90 days||Rwanda||30 days|
|Cuba||90 days (per annum)||Slovak||90 days|
|Egypt||30 days||Slovenia||120 days|
|Guinea||90 days||Tanzania||90 days|
|Hungary||120 days||Thailand||90 days|
|India||90 days||Tunisia||90 days|
|Ivory Coast||30 days||Vietnam||90 days|
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 reinstated by the Department on petition or of its own accord.
Visas are not required by passport holders of Lesotho, Swaziland, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Malawi who are entering the Republic as commercial heavy-duty vehicle drivers provided their visits do not exceed 15 days and on condition that they can produce a letter confirming their employment with a transport company on entry.
The same principle applies to Zimbabwean commerical heavy-duty vehicle drivers, except that their sojourn may not exceed 30 days at a time. The aforementioned does not apply to a commercial heavy-duty vehicle drivers who transport goods for a South African transport company. Such drivers must be in possession of a valid work permit.
Staff members of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) who travel on SADC laissez-passers are exempt from visa requirements for bona fide business visits up to 90 days and transit.
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 visitor’s permit 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 a 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
Members of military forces attending any military related matters with the South African National Defence Force are exempt from visa and study permit requirements, irrespective of their duration of stay provided they are in possession of letters of invitation from the SANDF as well as letters of consent from the military force of which they are members.