South African visitor visa

Please note that US passport holders do not need visa for tourism visits not exceeding 90 days and transits.

Purpose of a visa

A visa only enables the holder to proceed to a port of entry before or on the expiry date of the visa, where the holder must comply with applicable law, regulations and the following entry requirements to SA:

Entry requirements:

what to submit:


Nationals of certain countries are subject to visa fees. Fees are levied per application and are not refundable should the application be refused. Fees must be paid in cash, money order or certified check payable to SACG-NY. View the updated schedule of fees.

Person in transit

Persons applying for transit visas must submit proof that they will be admitted to their destinations and they must be in possession of onward/return ticket.

Duration and Purpose of Stay

On entry to the RSA the visa is deemed to be a visitor’s permit. The validity of the period of the permit must be calculated from the date of entry. The period for which the permit will be valid will be set out under the heading ‘conditions’ on the visa label. Applicants must ensure that they apply for the correct visa/permit applied for in the Republic may be refused if the purpose of the original entry was not correctly stated.