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.
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.
Refugees and asylum-seekers
According to the United Nations High Commissioner, Africa has over 4.2-million refugees, second only to Asia. Roughly the equivalent number of people are seeking asylum or are refugees on the continent as in Europe. In South Africa, 90 000 people are classified as 'persons of concern' by the UNHCR.
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. Recent figures show that the country is truly becoming a colour-filled, multicultural melting pot, alive with possibilities.