South Africa visa exemption & requirements

As of 2020, regular passport holders from 77 countries visiting South Africa for tourism purposes including Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados and Belgium Do Not require a visa and will be granted permission for short-term stay on arrival.
South Africa Visa Required Visa Not Required E-visa Visa On Arrival

South African visa exempt countries

To enter South Africa for a short term visit, citizens of the following countries are able to travel in South Africa without a visa:

Asia

Nationals from 4 countries in Asia are exempt from South Africa visa, while those from 28 other countrie(s) will require a valid entry visa.

Country Visa requirement Allowed stay E-visa Eligibility Visa on arrival Eligibility Notes
Afghanistan Visa required No No
Armenia Visa required No No
Azerbaijan Visa required No No
Bangladesh Visa required No No
Bhutan Visa required No No
Brunei Visa required No No
Cambodia Visa required No No
China Visa required No No
Timor-Leste Visa required No No
Georgia Visa required No No
India Visa required Yes No
Indonesia Visa required No No
Japan Visa not required 90 days No No
Kazakhstan Visa required No No
Kyrgyzstan Visa required No No
Laos Visa required No No
Malaysia Visa not required 30 days No No
Maldives Visa not required 30 days No No
Mongolia Visa required No No
Myanmar Visa required No No
Nepal Visa required No No
North Korea Visa required No No
Pakistan Visa required No No
Philippines Visa required No No
Singapore Visa required 90 days No No
South Korea Visa required N/A No No
Sri Lanka Visa required No No
Tajikistan Visa required No No
Thailand Visa not required 30 days No No
Turkmenistan Visa required No No
Uzbekistan Visa required No No
Vietnam Visa required No No

Europe

Nationals from 27 countries in Europe are exempt from South Africa visa, while those from 19 other countrie(s) will require a valid entry visa.

Country Visa requirement Allowed stay E-visa Eligibility Visa on arrival Eligibility Notes
Albania Visa required No No
Andorra Visa not required 90 days No No
Austria Visa not required 90 days No No
Belarus Visa required No No
Belgium Visa not required 90 days No No
Bosnia and Herzegovina Visa required No No
Bulgaria Visa required No No
Croatia Visa required No No
Cyprus Visa not required 30 days No No
Czech Republic Visa not required 90 days No No
Denmark Visa not required 90 days No No
Estonia Visa required No No
Finland Visa not required 90 days No No
France Visa not required 90 days No No
Germany Visa not required 90 days No No
Greece Visa not required 90 days No No
Hungary Visa not required 30 days No No
Iceland Visa not required 90 days No No
Ireland Visa not required 90 days No No
Italy Visa not required 90 days No No
Latvia Visa required No No
Liechtenstein Visa not required 90 days No No
Lithuania Visa required No No
Luxembourg Visa not required 90 days No No
North Macedonia Visa required No No
Malta Visa not required 90 days No No
Moldova Visa required No No
Monaco Visa not required 90 days No No
Montenegro Visa required No No
Netherlands Visa not required 90 days No No
Norway Visa not required 90 days No No
Poland Visa not required 30 days No No
Portugal Visa not required 30 days No No
Romania Visa required No No
Russia Visa not required 90 days No No
San Marino Visa not required 90 days No No
Serbia Visa required No No
Slovakia Visa required No No
Slovenia Visa required N/A No No
Spain Visa required 90 days No No
Sweden Visa not required 90 days No No
Switzerland Visa required 90 days No No
Turkey Visa not required 30 days No No
Ukraine Visa required No No
United Kingdom Visa not required 90 days No No
Kosovo Visa required N/A No No

Africa

Nationals from 19 countries in Africa are exempt from South Africa visa, while those from 34 other countrie(s) will require a valid entry visa.

Country Visa requirement Allowed stay E-visa Eligibility Visa on arrival Eligibility Notes
Algeria Visa required No No
Angola Visa not required 30 days No No
Benin Visa not required 30 days No No
Botswana Visa not required 90 days No No
Burkina Faso Visa required No No
Burundi Visa required No No
Cameroon Visa required No No
Cape Verde Visa not required 30 days No No
Central African Republic Visa required No No
Chad Visa required No No
Comoros Visa required No No
Democratic Republic of the Congo Visa required No No
Djibouti Visa required No No
Egypt Visa required No No
Equatorial Guinea Visa required No No
Eritrea Visa required No No
Ethiopia Visa required No No
Gabon Visa not required 30 days No No
Gambia Visa required No No
Ghana Visa not required No No
Guinea Visa required No No
Côte d'Ivoire Visa required No No
Kenya Visa required No No
Lesotho Visa not required 30 days No No
Liberia Visa required No No
Libya Visa required No No
Madagascar Visa not required 90 days No No
Malawi Visa not required 30 days No No
Mali Visa required No No
Mauritania Visa required No No
Mauritius Visa not required 30 days No No
Morocco Visa required No No
Mozambique Visa not required 30 days No No
Namibia Visa not required 90 days No No
Niger Visa required No No
Nigeria Visa required No No
Rwanda Visa required No No
São Tomé and Príncipe Visa not required 90 days No No
Senegal Visa required No No
Seychelles Visa not required 30 days No No
Sierra Leone Visa required No No
Somalia Visa required No No
Sudan Visa required No No
Eswatini Visa not required 30 days No No
Tanzania Visa not required 90 days No No
Togo Visa required No No
Tunisia Visa not required 90 days No No
Uganda Visa required No No
Zambia Visa not required 90 days No No
Zimbabwe Visa not required 90 days No No
Republic of the Congo Visa required No No
Guinea-Bissau Visa required No No
South Sudan Visa required No No

Central America and Caribbean

Nationals from 9 countries in Central America and Caribbean are exempt from South Africa visa, while those from 11 other countrie(s) will require a valid entry visa.

Country Visa requirement Allowed stay E-visa Eligibility Visa on arrival Eligibility Notes
Antigua and Barbuda Visa not required 30 days No No
Bahamas Visa not required 30 days No No
Barbados Visa not required 30 days No No
Belize Visa not required 30 days No No
Costa Rica Visa not required 30 days No No
Cuba Visa required No No
Dominica Visa required No No
Dominican Republic Visa required No No
El Salvador Visa required No No
Grenada Visa required No No
Guatemala Visa required No No
Haiti Visa required No No
Honduras Visa required No No
Jamaica Visa not required 90 days No No
Nicaragua Visa required No No
Panama Visa not required 90 days No No
Saint Kitts and Nevis Visa required No No
Saint Lucia Visa required No No
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Visa not required 90 days No No
Trinidad and Tobago Visa not required 90 days No No

South America

Nationals from 8 countries in South America are exempt from South Africa visa, while those from 4 other countrie(s) will require a valid entry visa.

Country Visa requirement Allowed stay E-visa Eligibility Visa on arrival Eligibility Notes
Argentina Visa not required 90 days No No
Bolivia Visa not required 30 days No No
Brazil Visa not required 90 days No No
Chile Visa not required 90 days No No
Colombia Visa required No No
Ecuador Visa not required 90 days No No
Guyana Visa not required 30 days No No
Paraguay Visa not required 90 days No No
Peru Visa not required 30 days No No
Suriname Visa required No No
Uruguay Visa required 90 days No No
Venezuela Visa required 90 days No No

Oceania

Nationals from 2 countries in Oceania are exempt from South Africa visa, while those from 12 other countrie(s) will require a valid entry visa.

Country Visa requirement Allowed stay E-visa Eligibility Visa on arrival Eligibility Notes
Australia Visa not required 90 days No No
Fiji Visa required No No
Kiribati Visa required No No
Marshall Islands Visa required No No
Micronesia Visa required No No
Nauru Visa required No No
New Zealand Visa not required 90 days No No
Palau Visa required No No
Papua New Guinea Visa required No No
Samoa Visa required No No
Solomon Islands Visa required No No
Tonga Visa required No No
Tuvalu Visa required No No
Vanuatu Visa required No No

Middle East

Nationals from 6 countries in Middle East are exempt from South Africa visa, while those from 7 other countrie(s) will require a valid entry visa.

Country Visa requirement Allowed stay E-visa Eligibility Visa on arrival Eligibility Notes
Bahrain Visa required No No
Iran Visa not required No No
Iraq Visa required No No
Israel Visa not required 90 days No No
Jordan Visa not required 30 days No No
Kuwait Visa required 1 Month No No
Lebanon Visa required No No
Oman Visa required No No
Qatar Visa not required 90 days No No
Saudi Arabia Visa not required 90 days No No
Syria Visa required No No
United Arab Emirates Visa not required 90 Days No No
Yemen Visa required No No

North America

Nationals from 2 countries in North America are exempt from South Africa visa, while those from 1 other countrie(s) will require a valid entry visa.

Country Visa requirement Allowed stay E-visa Eligibility Visa on arrival Eligibility Notes
Canada Visa not required 90 days No No
Mexico Visa required No No
United States Visa not required 90 days No No

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