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Tourist visa
A South Africa tourist visa opens up many opportunities for adventure, relaxation and exploration. Get one and embark on an exciting journey that will be remembered for a lifetime!

Does a tourist need a visa to South Africa?

A tourist visa to South Africa is an opportunity to immerse yourself in the unique atmosphere of this amazing country, to experience its rich history and diverse culture. Rapidly developing and attracting more and more interest from world travelers, South Africa has extensive natural attractions, picturesque landscapes and views of this unique corner of our planet.

A South Africa tourist visa, also known as a visitor visa, is issued for short-term stays of up to 90 days.

A tourist or visitor visa provides the opportunity to visit South Africa not only for tourism purposes, but can also be issued for:

  • visiting family or friends,
  • business visits,
  • medical treatment,
  • attending a conference,
  • working in the entertainment industry,
  • maritime crew work,
  • transit.
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Visas for tourists to South Africa

Before planning a trip to South Africa, it is advisable for all foreign nationals to make sure that a visa is required for tourist travel.

Currently, most countries have established visa-free travel agreements with South Africa. These agreements allow citizens from European Union countries including Germany as well as other countries to visit South Africa without the need for a visa. Foreign nationals are allowed to stay in the country without a visa for a period of 30 to 90 days.

If a citizen is prohibited from visa-free entry, he or she must obtain the appropriate visa in advance. The procedure for applying for a tourist visa may differ depending on citizenship.

The South Africa visa application process is now simplified and can be done online by applying for an e-visa to the country. Citizens from 21 countries are eligible to apply online to enter South Africa with the ability to stay in the country for up to 90 days per entry. While other foreign nationals will have to appear in person at an embassy or consulate to apply for a tourist visa. This visa is valid for up to 90 days.

When applying for a tourist visa to South Africa, you will need to provide some mandatory documents such as a completed application form stating the purpose of your trip, a copy of your passport valid for the entire planned period of stay, an appropriate size photograph and supporting financial documents.

Visa processing may take some time, so it is advisable to take care of it in advance to avoid delays in your travel plans.

Countries authorized to enter South Africa

Visa-free entry:
Andorra
Angola* 
Anguilla
Antigua and Barbuda*
Argentina
Aruba
Australia
Austria
Bahamas*
Barbados*
Belgium
Belize* 
Benin* 
Bermuda
Bolivia* 
Botswana
Bouvet Island
Brazil
British Indian Ocean Territory
British Virgin Islands
Canada
Cape Verde*
Cayman Islands
Chile
Costa Rica* 
Cyprus*
Czech Republic
Denmark
Ecuador
Eswatini* 
Falkland Islands
Faroe Islands
Finland
France
Gabon* 
Germany
Ghana
Gibraltar
Greece
Greenland
Guernsey
Guyana
Hong Kong* 
Hungary* 
Iceland
Ireland
Isle of Man
Israel
Italy
Jamaica
Japan
Jordan*
Kenya
Lesotho* 
Liechtenstein
Luxembourg
Macau* 
Madagascar
Malawi*
Malaysia*
Maldives*
Malta
Mauritius* 
Mayotte
Monaco
Montserrat
Mozambique*
Namibia
Netherlands
New Zealand
Niue
Norway
Palestine
Panama
Paraguay
Peru*
Pitcairn
Poland* 
Portugal
Puerto Rico
Qatar
Réunion* 
Russia
Saint Barthélemy
Saint Helena
Saint Martin (Netherlands)
Saint Vincent and Grenadines
San Marino
São Tome and Príncipe
Saudi Arabia
Seychelles*
Singapore
South Korea* 
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Tanzania
Thailand* 
Trinidad and Tobago
Tunisia
Türkiye* 
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom
United States of America
United States Virgin Islands
Uruguay
Venezuela
Zambia
Zimbabwe

*these countries are allowed visa-free entry for 30 days, other citizens for 90 days.

With an e-visa:
Albania 
Algeria 
Belarus 
Bulgaria
Cameroon 
China 
Congo 
Croatia 
Democratic Republic of the Congo 
Egypt 
Ethiopia 
India 
Iran 
Lithuania 
Mexico 
Morocco
Nigeria 
Pakistan 
Philippines 
Romania 
Uganda 
With an embassy or consular visa:
Afghanistan 
American Samoa
Armenia 
Azerbaijan 
Bahrain 
Bangladesh 
Bhutan 
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Brunei 
Burkina Faso 
Burundi 
Cambodia 
Central African Republic 
Chad 
Christmas Island
Colombia 
Comoros 
Cook Islands 
Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) 
Cuba 
Djibouti 
Dominica 
Dominican Republic 
El Salvador 
Equatorial Guinea 
Eritrea 
Estonia 
Fiji 
Gambia 
Georgia 
Grenada 
Guam 
Guatemala
Guinea 
Guinea-Bissau 
Haiti 
Heard and McDonald Islands 
Honduras
Indonesia 
Iraq 
Kazakhstan 
Kiribati 
Kuwait 
Kyrgyzstan 
Laos 
Latvia 
Lebanon 
Liberia 
Libya 
Macedonia 
Mali 
Marshall Islands 
Mauritania
Micronesia 
Moldova 
Mongolia 
Montenegro 
Myanmar
Nauru 
Nepal 
Nicaragua 
Niger 
Norfolk Island 
North Korea
Northern Mariana Islands 
Oman 
Palau 
Papua New Guinea 
Rwanda 
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia 
Samoa 
Senegal 
Serbia 
Sierra Leone 
Slovakia 
Slovenia 
Solomon Islands 
Somalia 
South Sudan 
Sri Lanka 
Sudan 
Suriname 
Syria 
Taiwan 
Tajikistan
Timor-Leste 
Togo 
Tokelau 
Tonga 
Turkmenistan 
Tuvalu 
Ukraine 
Uzbekistan 
Vanuatu 
Vatican 
Vietnam 
Wallis and Futuna Islands 
Yemen 

Documents required to apply for a tourist visa

Passport

valid for at least 30 days after the expiry date of the intended trip

Completed Form BI-84

visa application

Two color photographs

passport size

Yellow fever vaccination certificate

(if necessary)

Application and/or documents,

confirming the purpose and duration of your visit

Confirmation of financial resources available to cover costs

Bank statements, cash, etc.

Confirmed return ticket

Proof of residence

booking a hotel or other accommodation

Payment of visa fee

Visa requirements and the exact list of documents may vary depending on the nationality of the applicant and the purpose of travel.

How much does a tourist visa to South Africa cost?

The cost of a South African tourist visa can vary depending on various factors. In addition to the cost of the visa itself, you should also consider possible additional costs such as consular fees and agency services if you decide to use such services for your visa application. Be prepared to also pay for health insurance, plane tickets, accommodation and other expenses related to your trip.

Depending on how long you plan to spend in South Africa and for what purpose, the cost and requirements for a visa may vary. It is therefore recommended that you research all the necessary information and inquire about the requirements for a visitor (tourist) visa in advance to suit your plans and needs.

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