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The Essentials - South Africa

South Africa VISA, health and vaccinations:

Jambo Safari takes no responsibility for the below VISA information and is not liable if information in out of date or incorrect. The below VISA information is for guidance only. Please contact the Department of Home Affairs, Republic of South Africa or visit their website at http://www.dha.gov.za/ for further information.

Visa requirements

Who Requires a VISA?

Not everyone wishing to travel to South Africa needs to have a visa. Whether or not you need one depends on how long you want to spend in South Africa and for what purpose.
Listed below are countries whose passport holders are allowed to be in South Africa either for 90 days or 30 days without a visa. If you cannot find your country in the lists, you will need to apply for a visa at least four weeks BEFORE arriving in South Africa, as visas are not issued at ports of entry in South Africa. In other words, if you need to have a visa and you arrive in South Africa without one, you will be sent back to your country of origin immediately.

90 days:

Passport holders of the following countries may remain in South Africa for up to 90 days without a visa.
  • United States of America
  • United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • Germany
  • African Union Laissez Passer
  • Andorra
  • Argentina
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Ecuador
  • Finland
  • France
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  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Liechtenstein
  • Luxemburg
  • Malta
  • Monaco
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Paraguay
  • Portugal
  • San Marino
  • Singapore
  • Spain
  • St Vincent & the Grenadines
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Tanzania (90 days per year)
  • British Islands Bailiwick of Guernsey and Jersey, Isle of Man and Virgin Islands.
  • Republic of Ireland
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela
  • Zimbabwe

30 days:

Passport holders of the following countries may remain in South Africa for 30 days without a visa.
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Benin
  • Bolivia
  • Cape Verde
  • Costa Rica
  • Cyprus
  • Gabon
  • Guyana
  • Hong Kong   [only with regard to holders of Hong Kong British National Overseas passports and Hong Kong Special Administrative Region passports]
  • Hungary
  • Jordan
  • Lesotho
  • Macau   [only with regard to holders of Macau Special Administrative Region passports (MSAR)]
  • Malaysia
  • Malawi
  • Maldives
  • Mauritius
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Peru
  • Poland
  • Seychelles
  • Slovak Republic
  • South Korea
  • Swaziland
  • Thailand
  • Turkey
  • Zambia
As stated above, if you cannot find your country in these lists, you need to finalise your visa BEFORE arriving in South Africa.

Diplomatic exemption

Passport holders of the following countries qualify for visa exemption if they are diplomatic or service passport holders. The period of days in brackets indicates how long they may remain in South Africa without a visa.
  • Albania (120 days)
  • Algeria (30 days)
  • Angola (90 days)
  • Belarus (90 days)
  • Bulgaria (90 days)
  • Cyprus (90 days)
  • Comoros (90 days)
  • China (PROC) (30 days) (only Diplomatic passport holders)
  • Croatia (90 days)
  • Egypt (30 days)
  • Guinea (90 days)
  • Hungary (120 days)
  • Ivory Coast (30 days)
  • Kenya (30 days)
  • Mexico (90 days)
  • Madagascar (30 days)
  • Morocco (30 days)
  • Mozambique (90 days)
  • Paraguay (120 days)
  • Poland (90 days)
  • Russian Federation (90 days)
  • Romania (90 days)
  • Rwanda (30 days)
  • Slovak (90 days)
  • Slovenia (120 days)
  • Tanzania (90 days)
  • Thailand (90 days)
  • Tunisia (90 days
  • Vietnam (90 days)

Visa application:

The following forms have to be filled up when applying for a visa:
  • Visa Application Form
  • Medical Certificate

The Applicant should have:

  • A passport valid at least six months
  • 1 visa form
  • Power of Attorney
  • 2 photographs with white background 35 x45 mm
  • Covering letter stating purpose of visit
  • Return confirmed ticket
  • Hotel Confirmation
  • Tour Itinerary Day by Day
  • Bank Statements last six months in original
  • Income Tax returns last three years.
  • If employed: letter from employer stating ‘No Objection’ to your travel.

Health & Vaccinations

Jambo Safari takes no responsibility for the below Health & Vaccinations information and is not liable if information in out of date or incorrect. The below Health & Vaccinations information is for guidance only. For more information contact the Center for Disease Control & Prevention - http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/ or World Health Organization - http://www.who.int/en/.

All travelers

You should be up to date on routine vaccinations while traveling to any destination. Some vaccines may also be required for travel.

Routine vaccines:

Make sure you are up-to-date on routine vaccines before every trip. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot.

Most travellers

Get travel vaccines and medicines because there is a risk of these diseases in the country you are visiting.
  • Hepatitis A
CDC recommends this vaccine because you can get hepatitis A through contaminated food or water in South Africa, regardless of where you are eating or staying.
  • Typhoid    
You can get typhoid through contaminated food or water in South Africa. CDC recommends this vaccine for most travelers, especially if you are staying with friends or relatives, visiting smaller cities or rural areas, or if you are an adventurous eater.

Some travelers

Ask your doctor what vaccines and medicines you need based on where you are going, how long you are staying, what you will be doing, and if you are traveling from a country other than the US.
  • Hepatitis B
You can get hepatitis B through sexual contact, contaminated needles, and blood products, so CDC recommends this vaccine if you might have sex with a new partner, get a tattoo or piercing, or have any medical procedures.
  • Malaria      
When traveling in South Africa, you should avoid mosquito bites to prevent malaria. You may need to take prescription medicine before, during, and after your trip to prevent malaria, depending on your travel plans, such as where you are going, when you are traveling, and if you are spending a lot of time outdoors or sleeping outside. Talk to your doctor about how you can prevent malaria while traveling. For more information on malaria in South Africa, see malaria in South Africa.
  • Yellow Fever         
There is no risk of yellow fever in South Africa. The government of South Africa requires proof of yellow fever vaccination only if you are arriving from a country with risk of yellow fever. This does not include the US. If you are traveling from a country other than the US, check this list to see if you may be required to get the yellow fever vaccine:
  • Rabies       
Rabies can be found in dogs, bats, and other mammals in South Africa, so CDC recommends this vaccine for the following groups:
  • Travelers involved in outdoor and other activities (such as camping, hiking, biking, adventure travel, and caving) that put them at risk for animal bites.
  • People who will be working with or around animals (such as veterinarians, wildlife professionals, and researchers).
  • People who are taking long trips or moving to South Africa
  • Children, because they tend to play with animals, might not report bites, and are more likely to have animal bites on their head and neck.

Countries with risk of yellow fever virus (YFV) transmission:

  • Angola
  • Argentina
  • Benin
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cameroon
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Colombia
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Ecuador
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Ethiopia
  • French Guyana
  • Gabon
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Guinea
  • Guyana
  • Kenya
  • Liberia
  • Mali
  • Mauritania
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Rwanda
  • Sao Tome
  • Principe
  • Senegal
  • Sierra Leone
  • Somalia
  • Sudan
  • Suriname
  • Togo
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Uganda
  • United Republic of Tanzania
  • Venezuela
  • Zambia
For more information on recommendations and requirements, research yellow fever recommendations and requirements for South Africa. Your doctor can help you decide if this vaccine is right for you based on your travel plans.


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