Visa Info

The citizen who is a holder of a national passport (diplomatic, official or ordinary) of the following countries / territories / international organisations is not required to hold a visa in respect of purposes for which a visitor’s permit may be issued or by virtue of being a person contemplated in section 31(3)(b) [accredited in SA] for an intended stay of 90 days or less and when in transit:

African Union Laissez Passer

Andorra

Argentina

Australia

Austria

Belgium

Botswana

Brazil

Canada

Chile (only ordinary passport holders)

Czech Republic

Denmark

Ecuador

Finland

France

Germany (except in diplomatic staff due to assume duty at the Embassy and Consulates of Germany in SA)

Greece

Iceland

Ireland

Israel

Italy

Jamaica

Japan

Liechtenstein

Luxemburg

Malta            

Monaco

Namibia (90 days per year)

Netherlands

New Zealand

Norway  

Panama (only ordinary passport holders)       ​

Paraguay​

Portugal      

San Marino    

Singapore

Spain

St Vincent & the Grenadines

Sweden

Switzerland

Tanzania (90 days per year)

Trinidad & Tobago (only ordinary passport holders)

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (only ordinary passport holders)

British Islands Bailiwick of Guernsey and Jersey, Isle of Man. British Oversees Territories namely: Anguilla, Bermuda, British Antarctic Territory, British Indian Ocean Territory, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Montserrat, St Helena and Dependencies (Ascension Island, Gough Island and Tristan da Cunha), Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno Islands, the Sovereign Base Areas of Cyprus South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands and the Turks and Caicos Island.

United States of America (except in diplomatic staff due to assume duty at the Embassy and Consulates of the USA in SA)

Uruguay

Venezuela

Zambia (90 days per year)

Zimbabwe

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The citizen who is a holder of a national passport (diplomatic, official and ordinary) of the following countries / territories / international organisations is not required to hold a visa in respect of purposes for which a visitor’s permit may be issued by virtue of being a person contemplated in section 31(3)(b) [accredited in SA] for an intended stay of 30 days or less and when in transit:

Antigua and Barbuda

Bahamas (only ordinary passport holders)

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​

Peru

Poland​

Seychelles

Slovak Republic​

South Korea

Swaziland​

Thailand          

Turkey

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Agreements have also been concluded with the following countries for holders of diplomatic and official passport holders.

Citizens who are holders of diplomatic, official and service passports of the following countries do not require visas in respect of purposes for which a visitor’s permit may be issued or by virtue of being a person contemplated in section 31(3)(b) [accredited in SA] for the period indicated and transit:

Albania​(120 days)​    

Algeria​(30 days)​    

Angola​(90 days)​    

Belarus​(90 days)​    

Bulgaria​(90 days)​    

China (PROC)(30 days) (only diplomatic passport holders)​    

Cyprus​(90 days)​    

Comoros​(90 days)​    

Croatia​(90 days)

Cuba ​(90 days) (diplomatic, official & service)

Egypt​(30 days)

Ghana​(90 days)​    

Guinea​(90 days)​    

Hungary​(120 days)​

India (90 days)​

Ivory Coast (Cote d’Ivoire)​(30 days)​     ​

Kenya​(30 days)​    

Mexico​(90 days)​    

Madagascar​(30 days)

Morocco​(30 days)

Mozambique​(90 days)

Nigeria​(90 days)

Paraguay​(120 days)

Poland​(90 days)

Romania​(90 days)

Russian Federation​(90 days)

Rwanda​(30 days)

Slovak​(90 days)

Slovenia ​(120 days)

Thailand​(90 days)

Tunisia​(90 days)

Vietnam​(90 days)

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Visas are not required by passport holders of Lesotho, Swaziland, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Malawi who are entering the Republic as commercial heavy-duty vehicle drivers provide their visits do not exceed 15 days and on condition that they can produce a letter confirming their employment with a transport company on entry. The same principle applies to Zimbabwean commercial heavy-duty vehicle drivers, except that their sojourn may not exceed 30 days at a time. The afore-mentioned does not apply to commercial heavy-duty vehicle drivers who transport goods for a South African transport company. Such drivers must be in possession of a valid work permit.