About South Africa
South Africa is a country on the southernmost tip of the African continent, marked by several distinct ecosystems. Inland safari destination Kruger National Park covers vast shrublands populated by big game; the Western Cape encompasses lush winelands around Stellenbosch and Paarl, wild beaches, craggy cliffs at the Cape of Good Hope, forest and lagoons along the Garden Route, and the city of Cape Town, beneath flat-topped Table Mountain.
Capitals: Pretoria, Cape Town, Bloemfontein
Dialing code: +27
ISO code: ZAF
Population: 52.98 million (2013) World Bank
Official languages: English, Afrikaans, Zulu, Xhosa, Southern Sotho, Tswana, Northern Sotho, Venda, Tsonga, Swati, Ndebele
South Africa Visa Information
The following countries do not need visas for visits up to 90 days.
Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Paraguay, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, Spain, St Vincent & the Grenadines, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom, United States of America, Uruguay, Venezuela, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Nationals from the following countries get 30 days.
Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Benin, Bolivia, Cape Verde, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Gabon, Guyana, Hong Kong, Hungary, Jordan, Lesotho, Macau, Malaysia, Malawi, Maldives, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Peru, Poland, Seychelles, Slovak Republic, South Korea, Swaziland, Thailand and Turkey.
NOTE: All under 18's must have a full birth certificate with both parents names printed. If the child is not travelling with both parents then legal documents outlining both parents must be accompanied.
These documents are needed for both entry and exit of South Africa.
Other Useful Information
- Traveling with a Child
- South Africa Detailed Visa Website
- Foreign Embassies and Consulates in South Africa
- South African Embassies and Consulates
- Official Tourism website
- An up to date site with South African visa information