Visas, permits, residence
Travellers from countries recently declared by the World Health Organisation as having a low risk of
yellow fever transmission – including Zambia, Tanzania and Somalia – will no longer be required to
produce proof of the vaccination when they arrive in South Africa.
From 1 October 2014, children travelling in and out of South Africa will be required to carry an unabridged birth certificate as well as a valid passport, under new regulations aimed at improving the safety of children.
Want to visit South Africa? Here's information on the basic requirements for
entering South Africa, as well as links to full information on visas – what they are,
who needs them, and when, where and how to apply for them.
Are you an international student considering enrolling at a South African educational
institution? Find information on study permit requirements and application
procedures, and get the answers to some frequently asked questions.
Do you wish to stay in South Africa temporarily to explore or take up a job
offer, or to set up or run a business, or because you've been recruited or
transferred to the country? Find information on work permit categories,
requirements and application procedures, and get the answers to some frequently
Considering immigrating to and settling in South Africa? Find out about immigration
categories, requirements and application procedures, and get the answers to some
frequently asked questions.
South Africa, like all countries that are signatories to international and regional
conventions and protocols on refugees, is obliged to offer protection to people who
have fled persecution and instability to seek sanctuary within its borders.
Thousands of people are choosing to settle in South Africa each year, attracted by
such features as the quality of life, the climate and the business opportunities on
offer. South Africa is truly becoming a colour-filled, multicultural melting pot, alive