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Frequently Asked Questions

Will I need a visa?

Nationals from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Ecuador, France, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, Switzerland, United Kingdom, USA and the following European Union Countries: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden 

At present you do not need to apply for a Visa to enter South Africa and will be granted a temporary Visitor's Visa valid for up to 90 days on presenting your Passport on arrival (Former Eastern Bloc countries see below).

Please note the following:

  • Make sure that your Passport is valid for thirty (30) more days after your intended departure date.
  • Your Passport must contain at least two (2) blank pages when you arrive in South Africa.
  • A yellow fever certificate is required if your journey starts or entails passing through the yellow fever belt of South America or Africa.
  • The South African Department of Home Affairs has stated these are subject to change without prior notice so it is important to check before you plan your trip.

If you are planning to stay in South African for longer than 90 days, you will have to apply for a Visa before you arrive.  We will happily supply you with a Visa Support Letter describing your purpose of visit that you can use when applying for your Visa before you arrive in South Africa.  Should you wish to extend your Visa whilst in South Africa, we make use of a firm who will provide this service to our volunteers at discounted rates.

Nationals from other countries

Nationals from some African countries and former Eastern Bloc countries will require a Visa in any case, which must be purchased before you travel to South Africa. Please click here for the latest details on Visa Exemptions for South Africa.

We recommend you contact Le Roux Attorneys Inc, our recommended Immigration Attorneys, by visiting their website and they will assist you with Visa Applications and Visa Extensions.


* The information provided here is to be used as a guide only. Please consult with the South African Embassy in your area. We cannot take any responsibility whatsoever for the use of this information.