Countries exempt from South African Visas

PASSPORT HOLDERS WHO ARE EXEMPT FROM VISAS FOR SOUTH AFRICA

SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE 

  1. The holder of a national South African passport, travel document or document for travel purposes does not require a port of entry visa to enter the country.
  2. A staff member of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) who travel on a SADC laissez-passer does not require a port of entry visa for bona fide official business visits up to 90 days and when in transit.
  3. Holders of United Nations Laissez-passers; volunteers attached to the United Nations; persons involved in any United Nations agency and persons performing services on behalf of the United Nations, including their spouses, dependent relatives and other members of their households, do not require port of entry visas when visiting the Republic for periods not exceeding 90 days, including official visits, transit or when applying for accreditation for placement at a UN mission in the Republic: Provided they are in possession of the relevant letters or identification documents to identify themselves at ports of entry as personnel of a United Nations agency.
  4. Members of foreign military forces attending any military related matters with the South African National Defence Force do not require port of entry visas or study visas, irrespective of their duration of stay, provided that they are in possession of valid passports and letters of invitation by the South African National Defence Force, as well as letters of consent from the military force of which they are members.
  5. Foreign commercial heavy-duty vehicle drivers from Lesotho, Botswana, Kingdom of Eswatini, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi do not require port of entry visas when entering the Republic, provided their visits do not exceed the period for which their respective countries enjoy visa free entry and on condition that they can produce a letter confirming their employment with a transport company abroad. Visitor’s visas in terms of section 11(1)(a) of the Immigration Act, with authorisation to conduct work in terms of section 11(2) of the said Act, may be issued for the period of the visa exemption status of the respective country, which period may not exceed 90 days at a time.
  6. General Work Visas are not required by foreign commercial heavy duty vehicle drivers who are employed by South African companies and originate from countries which enjoy visa free movement into South Africa, on condition that they can produce a letter confirming their employment on entry. In accordance with a High Court ruling by the North Gauteng High Court on 31 March 2011, foreign commercial heavy duty vehicle drivers may be issued with visitor’s visas in terms of section 11(1)(a) of the Immigration Act, with authorisation to conduct work in terms of section 11(2) of the said Act for the period of their countries’ visa exemption status, which period may not exceed 90 days at a time.
  7. With effect from 18 December 2015 travellers, with the exception of deportees, who transit through O R Tambo International Airport; Cape Town International Airport; King Shaka International Airport and Lanseria International Airport do not require transit visas as contemplated in section 10B(4)(a) of the Immigration Act, 2002 (Act No 13 of 2002). However, transiting passengers will be subjected to biometric capturing. Deportees transiting at any port of entry are required to be in possession of a transit visa at all times and must be escorted.
  8. The attached Schedule outlines national passport holders from countries who are exempt from port of entry visa requirements, the category of passport holders who are exempt from port of entry visa requirements and the period for which such visa exemption applies. Where a national passport holder of a specific country is required to be in possession of a port of entry visa to proceed to South Africa, the list also outlines whether or not an administrative processing fee is payable or not. Please note that countries marked with an asterisk are only subject to visa fees if the intended visit exceeds thirty (30) days:
  9. All travellers to South Africa are advised that if you are the holder of a national passport of a country whose passport holders are exempt from visa requirements, but your individual visa exemption has been officially withdrawn, a port of entry visa application must be submitted through the South African Embassy/ High Commission/ Consulate General in your country of origin or of long-term residence.

    Issued on 09 SEPTEMBER 2022

Visa  Exemption List

COUNTRY NAME/ORGANISATIONS Passport Type Visa Fees 
Diplomatic Official Service Ordinary Special 
African Union Laissez Passer 90 Days No
African Development Bank Laissez-Passers 90 Days No
Albania (Republic of) 120 Days 120 Days 120 Days Yes
Algeria 30 Days 30 Days 30 Days No
Andorra (Principality of) 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days Yes
Angola (Republic of) 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days P/A Yes
Anguilla 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days Yes
Antigua and Barbuda 30 Days 30 Days 30 Days No
Argentina 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days No
Australia 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days Yes
Austria (Republic of) 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days Yes
Bahamas 30 Days Yes
Barbados 30 Days 30 Days 30 Days No
Belarus (Republic of) 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days Yes
Belgium 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days Yes
Belize* 30 Days 30 Days 30 Days Yes
Benin (Republic of)* 30 Days 30 Days 30 Days Yes
Bermuda 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days No
Bolivia, Plurinational State of 30 Days 30 Days 30 Days No
Botswana 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days No
Brazil 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days No
British Antarctic Territory 90 Days Yes
British Indian Ocean Territory 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days Yes
British Virgin Island 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days No
Bulgaria (Republic of) 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days Yes
Canada 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days Yes
Cape Verde 30 Days 30 Days 30 Days No
Cayman Islands 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days Yes
Chile 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days No
China (People’s Republic of) 30 Days 30 Days 30 Days Yes
Comoros (Union of) 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days Yes
Congo (Democratic Republic of) 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days Yes
Costa Rica 30 Days 30 Days 30 Days No
Croatia (Republic of) 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days Yes
Cuba (Republic of) 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days Yes
Cyprus 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days 30 Days No
Czech Republic 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days No
Denmark (Kingdom of) 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days Yes
Ducie and Oeno Islands 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days Yes
Ecuador 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days No
Egypt 30 Days 30 Days 30 Days No
Ethiopia (The Federal Democratic Republic of) 90 Days 90 Days Yes
Falkland Islands 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days Yes
Finland (Republic of) 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days Yes
France (Republic of) 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days Yes
Gabon (Republic of)* 30 Days 30 Days 30 Days Yes
Germany (Federal Republic of) 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days Yes
Ghana (Republic of) 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days Yes
Gibraltar 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days Yes
Greece (Hellenic Republic of) 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days Yes
Guernsey 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days No
Guinea (Republic of) 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days Yes
Guyana 30 Days 30 Days 30 Days No
Henderson 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days Yes
Hong Kong (SpecialAdministrative Region of China)* 30 Days 30 Days 30 Days Yes
Hungary 120 Days 120 Days 120 Days 30 Days No
Iceland (Republic of) 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days Yes
India 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days No
Indonesia (Republic of) 30 Days 30 Days 30 Days Yes
Ireland 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days No
Isle of Man 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days No
Israel 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days No
Italy (Republic of) 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days Yes
Ivory Coast (Republic of Còte D’Ivoire) 30 Days 30 Days 30 Days Yes
Jamaica 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days Yes
Japan 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days Yes
Jersey 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days No
Jordan 30 Days 30 Days 30 Days No
Kenya (Republic of)* 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days Yes
Kingdom of Eswatini (Swaziland) 30 Days 30 Days 30 Days No
Lesotho (Kingdom Of) 30 Days 30 Days 30 Days No
Liberia 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days Yes
Liechtenstein 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days No
Luxembourg (Grand Duchy of) 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days Yes
Macau 30 Days No
Madagascar (Republic of) 30 Days 30 Days 30 Days 90 Days P/A Yes
Malawi 30 Days 30 Days 30 Days No
Malaysia* 30 Days 30 Days 30 Days Yes
Maldives 30 Days 30 Days 30 Days No
Mali (Republic of) 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days Yes
Malta 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days No
Mauritius 30 Days 30 Days 30 Days No
Mexico 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days No
Monaco (Principality of) 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days Yes
Montserrat 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days Yes
Morocco (Kingdom of) 30 Days 30 Days 30 Days Yes
Mozambique (Republic of) 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days 30 Days Yes
Namibia 30 Days 30 Days 30 Days 90 Days P/A No
Netherlands (The Kingdom of) 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days Yes
New Zealand 90 Days Yes
Niger 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days Yes
Nigeria (Republic of) 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days Yes
Norway 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days Yes
Panama (Republic of) 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days Yes
Paraguay 120 Days 120 Days 120 Days 90 Days No
Peru 30 Days 30 Days 30 Days No
Pitcairn Islands 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days Yes
Poland (Republic of) 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days 30 Days Yes
Portugal (Republic of) 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days Yes
Qatar (State of) 90 Days Yes
Republic of Korea (South Korea)* 30 Days 30 Days 30 Days Yes
Romania 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days Yes
Russian Federation 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days Yes
Rwanda (Republic of) 30 Days 30 Days 30 Days Yes
SADC laissez-passers 90 Days No
Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha,Gough Island 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days Yes
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days No
San Marino (Republic of) 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days Yes
São Tomé and Príncipe (Democratic Republic of) 90 Days Yes
Saudi Arabia (Kingdom of) 90 Days Yes
Senegal 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days No
Seychelles 30 Days 30 Days 90 Days P/A No
Singapore (Republic of) 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days Yes
Slovak Republic 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days No
South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days No
Spain (Kingdom of) 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days Yes
Sweden 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days No
Switzerland 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days No
Tanzania (United Republic of) 90 Days P/A 90 Days P/A 90 Days P/A Yes
Thailand (Kingdom of)* 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days 30 Days Yes
Trinidad and Tobago (Republic of) 90 Days Yes
Tunisia (Republic of) 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days Yes
Turkey (Republic of)* 30 Days 30 Days 30 Days  30 Days Yes
Turks and Caicos Islands 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days Yes
Uganda (Republic of) 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days Yes
United Arab Emirates 90 Days Yes
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland 90 Days No
United Nations Lasse Passer 90 Days No
United States of America 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days Yes
Uruguay 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days No
Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of) 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days Yes
Vietnam (Republic of) 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days Yes
Virgin Islands (British) 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days No
Zambia 90 Days P/A 90 Days P/A 90 Days P/A No
Zimbabwe 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days No

 

Special Notes
Diplomatic,Official and Service Passport holders do not pay VISA FEES
Angola (Republic of) Each visit not to exceed 30 days
Germany (Federal Republic of) Except diplomatic passport holders who are due to assume duty at the Embassy and Consulates of Germany in South Africa, require visas for accreditation purposes
Kenya (Republic of) Including civil servants holding ordinary passports travelling for official government business
United States of America Except  diplomatic passport holders who are due to assume duty at the Embassy and Consulates of the USA in South Africa, require visas for accreditation purposes
Belize* Please note that countries marked with an asterisk are only subject to visa fees if the intended visit exceeds thirty (30) days:
Benin (Republic of)*
Gabon (Republic of)*
Hong Kong (SpecialAdministrative Region of China)*
Kenya (Republic of)*
Malaysia*
Republic of Korea (South Korea)*
Thailand (Kingdom of)*
Turkey (Republic of)*

 

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