Duration and Purpose of Stay
Applicants are required to apply in person at the South African mission. No appointment necessary.
U.S. citizens (U.S. passport holders) visiting the Republic of South Africa for ninety (90) days or less for tourism / business purposes do not need visas.
U.S. green card holders (non-US passport holders) and nationals of other countries must check the list of visa exempt countries to see if they need to apply for visas. If the names of their countries are not listed, it means they need to apply for visas. There are also countries that are visa exempt if applicant is travelling to South Africa for a period of 30 days or less.
There are countries which are required to apply for visas but are exempt from visa fees, e.g. India, Colombia, Mexico, etc. Please refer to the list of countries that pay for visa and if your country is not listed it means you do not need to pay for visa.
(Note: If your visit would exceed ninety days or if you want to travel to South Africa to study or to work, you will need to apply for a temporary residence permit instead of a visitors visa. Requirements for a permit is not the same with visitor's visa).
Yellow fever certificate is required only if applicant passing through yellow fever belt area before entering South Africa.
Foreigners who wish to visit South Africa must have passports / travel documents valid for thirty (30) more days after the intended return date from South Africa. The passport must contain at least two (2) unused (blank) pages labeled Visa when presented at the Embassy or Consulate; One page is for affixing the visa or permit at the Embassy/Consulate and the other page is for endorsement of entry/departure stamp by the South African Immigration Services. Note: Visa pages referred to above do not include pages reserved for Endorsements, Amendments or Observations.
- Tourist Visa - 90 days or less
- Transit - 3 days or less
- To conduct business - 90 days
- Voluntary or Charitable Activities - Up to 3 years
- To conduct Research - 3 years
- Visa for Spouse of a South African citizen/Permanent Resident who does not qualify for a general work permit
- Visa Exempt Countries
- Countries whose nationals are subject to visa fees
- Where to file your Application
- Updated schedule of fees