Visas, permits, residence

Visiting South Africa: visas

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.


Studying in SA: study permits

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.


Working in SA: work permits

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 asked questions.


Immigrating to South Africa

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.


Refugees and asylum seekers

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.


Rainbow immigration

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 with possibilities.

South Africa travel 
advice

Travel advice

A package of tips to help make your stay with us smoother.

Customs guide

What can I bring into South Africa? Will I have to pay tax on goods I buy? Consult our handy guide.

South African Tourism information hotline

Tourist info hotline

A dedicated call centre is here to help you in Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Mandarin or Portuguese.

Consular services

Interested in visiting South Africa? Our offices abroad, your country's office in South Africa, and the Department of International Relations and Cooperation can help.

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