How to Get a Visitor Visa for South Africa

South Africa Visitor Visa

South Africa Visitor Visa

South Africa has a TON of different types of visas and permits. Having lived and worked in Johannesburg, I can tell you that the process for getting a visa or any other type of permit for that matter is bureaucratic as you would expect but not too bad, especially in comparison to other countries in this part of the world. The key is to just make sure you have all your paperwork (all your ducks in a row as we say in the United States), and you should be fine.

There are a number of different types of visitor visas for South Africa. It will all depend on your purpose of stay:

  • Tourism (or “Holiday” as South Africans like to call it)
  • Business
  • Attending conferences
  • Study purposes not exceeding three months
  • Medical treatment not exceeding three months
  • Academic sabbatical
  • Voluntary or charitable activities; and research

Go to my South Africa visa page for information on other types of visas for South Africa.

I’ll break everything down for you below about how to go about getting any type of visitor visa for South Africa.

Visa required for U.S. citizens: No visa needed for visitors for tourism, short business meetings, or those in transit for stays of up to 90 days.

Visa required for non-U.S. citizens: Check this page here to see if you need a visa.

Find your closest consulate
  • You can find your closest consulate here.
Gather documentation

I found that the South Africa Department of Homeland Affairs has a great overview of the typical documents required for each type of visitor visa:

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