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Entry requirements – South Africa travel advice – GOV.UK

Entry requirements – South Africa travel advice – GOV.UK

This web page displays the UK authorities’s understanding of present guidelines for individuals travelling on a full ‘British Citizen’ passport from the UK, for the most typical sorts of travel.

The authorities in South Africa set and implement entry guidelines. If you’re not sure how South Africa’s entry requirements apply to you, contact its UK embassy, excessive fee or consulate.

All travellers

You can travel to South Africa for any goal for as much as 90 days with out a visa. You ought to test the expiry date of your visa or entry stamp and ensure you don’t overstay.

You may have to finish a well being type to enter South Africa.

See Visas and Passport validity sections for extra data.

If you’re absolutely vaccinated

South Africa has lifted its coronavirus travel restrictions. You not must current proof of vaccination standing, or a PCR take a look at.

If you’re not absolutely vaccinated

South Africa has lifted its coronavirus travel guidelines. You not must current proof of vaccination standing or a PCR take a look at.

If you’re transiting via South Africa

The guidelines set out above additionally apply to travellers wishing to transit South Africa.

Exemptions

There are not any exemptions to South Africa’s entry requirements.

Check your passport and travel paperwork earlier than you travel

Check together with your travel supplier to ensure your passport and different travel paperwork meet their requirements.

Passport validity

If you’re visiting South Africa, your passport ought to be legitimate for six months from the date you arrive.

Your passport ought to be legitimate for at the least 30 days past your supposed date of exit from South Africa, in step with South African immigration rules. However, some immigration officers nonetheless request {that a} passport ought to have at the least 6 months validity on the date of entry to South Africa. To keep away from issues on the airport on arrival, you’re suggested to make sure your passport is legitimate for six months.

Your passport ought to have at the least two clean pages whenever you arrive in South Africa.

Visas

If you’re visiting South Africa for tourism or enterprise functions for a interval of as much as 90 days, you don’t want a visa. You ought to test the expiry date of your visa or entry stamp and ensure you don’t overstay.

For extra data on visas, contact the South African High Commission.

Dual citizenship

If you maintain South African citizenship, you could enter and exit South Africa in your South African passport. It is an offence for a South African citizen aged 18 or over to enter or depart the nation on a international passport.

Travelling with kids

There are particular requirements for travelling to South Africa with kids beneath the age of 18. There are totally different requirements for unaccompanied kids getting into South Africa.

Check the advisory from the South African Department of Home Affairs for extra particulars, and seek the advice of your nearest South African excessive fee or embassy if in case you have any questions on these requirements.

Biometric capturing

South Africa has applied biometric capturing in any respect ports of entry. This could lead to some delays at land borders. You ought to enable further time for border crossings.

Yellow fever certificates requirements

Check whether or not you want a yellow fever certificates by visiting the National Travel Health Network and Centre’s TravelHealthProfessional web site.

UK Emergency Travel Documents

South African authorities advise that UK Emergency Travel Documents (ETDs) are accepted for entry, transit and exit from South Africa. ETDs ought to have a minimal of 6 months validity for entry, transit or exit.

UK Emergency Passports

UK Emergency Passports are accepted for entry for all times-threatening emergencies solely. If you want help for a medical evacuation from a neighbouring nation, name +27 12 421 7500 and observe the choices for consular help.

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