South Africa eVisa Requirements

Entry requirements for South Africa

What is a South Africa eVisa?

The South Africa eVisa is an electronic visa which grants entry into South Africa. Once available, eligible citizens will be able to complete the online application process without having to go to an embassy or consulate.

The online application for the South African eVisa will be straightforward and will only take a matter of minutes to complete. Applicants will have to answer a series of basic questions by entering information such as their name, address, date of birth, and passport details.

South Africa evisa requirements

South Africa eVisa for Tourism

The South African eVisa (south Africa  tourist visa) will is not yet available and the list of eligible countries has not yet been announced by the South African Government. Up-to-date information regarding the Online visa for South Africa will be published on this website.

The new South Africa eVisa is expected to increase the amount of visitors to South Africa. In 2017, 16 million tourists went to South Africa and this figure is expected to reach 19.5 million by 2022.

“Electronic visas will boost the tourism industry by cutting turnaround times for the issuing of travel documentation while ensuring the information of applicants is secure,” said James Vos, the Shadow Minister for Tourism.

The top five countries with the largest number of tourists who visited South Africa in 2017 were all countries who are visa-exempt:

  • USA
  • UK
  • Germany
  • Netherlands
  • France

The eVisa will make it much easier to enjoy what South Africa has to offer for many more nationalities.

South Africa Visa Requirements

To successfully apply for the eVisa, applicants will need to meet the visa requirements for South Africa. It will be necessary to possess a valid passport from one of the eligible countries. Additional South Africa visa requirements are likely to announced when the eVisa becomes available.

Requirements for entering South Africa

All visitors need a passport to enter South Africa. Unless you come from a visa-exempt country it is also necessary to present a visa.

At the moment, visitors who require a visa must apply at a South African embassy or consulate in person and provide biometric data. The South Africa eVisa will soon be available and eligible applicants will be able to complete the process online.

Passport requirements to travel to South Africa

To enter South Africa it is necessary to have a passport with at least 30 days remaining from the intended date of departure. Passports must have two blank pages for entry stamps.

Documents you need to travel to South Africa

Adults traveling with minors under the age of 18 need to show the child’s birth certificate which shows the details of both parents. If the child is traveling with one parent, it is also necessary to present a parental consent affidavit signed by the other parent.

Travelers coming from countries where yellow fever is prevalent need to present a certificate showing they have been vaccinated.

Visa-exempt countries for South Africa

There are a number of visa-exempt countries for South Africa. Citizens of these countries can enter the country without a visa for limited periods. There are 48 nationalities who can enter for up to 90 days visa-free and 28 nationalities who stay for 30 days.

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