Visa & Health Information

 

Verkleurmannetjie

 South Africa

Please note that the below information remains subject to change without prior notification. Please reconfirm prior to departure.

**As of 1 June 2015, South African Law states that all children under the age of 18 years must travel with an unabridged birth certificate for International travel. Please confirm your travel documents with Home Affairs.**

All visitors to South Africa require a valid passport valid for at least six months after their departure from the country, sufficient funds and a return or onward ticket. Subject to the travelers nationality, a valid visa may be required as well. If travelers are subject to visa requirements, they should apply for their visa at least four weeks BEFORE departing for South Africa, and await the outcome of their application before departing. Visas are NOT issued at South African ports of entry, and airline officials are obliged to insist on visas before allowing passengers to board. If travelers arrive without a visa, immigration officials are obliged by law to refuse them entry to South Africa and to place the traveler on a return flight to their country.

Currently visas are not required for nationals from the following countries (detailed list on request):

Australia, Austria, Belgium, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Finland, France, Germany, Greece , Iceland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxemburg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Paraguay, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, Spain, St Vincent & the Grenadines, Sweden, Switzerland

A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required if the journey starts or entails passing through the yellow fever belt of Africa or South America. Hepatitis B inoculations are recommended for children up to the age of 12 who have not completed the series of injections as infants. Booster doses for tetanus and measles can also be administered.

Many of the main tourist areas are malaria-free. However, the Kruger National Park, the Lowveld of Mpumalanga and Limpopo, and the northern part of Kwa-Zulu Natal do pose a malaria risk in the summer months. Many local people and some travelers do not take malaria prophylaxis, but most health professionals recommend you do. Travelers should consult their doctor or a specialist travel clinic for the latest advice concerning malaria prophylaxis, as it changes regularly.

Whether oral prophylaxis are taken or not, it is recommended to always use mosquito repellent, wear long pants, closed shoes and light long-sleeved shirts at night, and sleep under a mosquito net in endemic areas (the anopheles mosquito, which carries malaria, operates almost exclusively after dark). 

TRAVEL TIP: If you develop a bad headache, have aching joints, and recurring fevers and chills after your trip, advise your doctor that you have been in a malarial area. Malaria symptoms can sometimes be confused with flu symptoms.

It is also highly recommend that all travelers ensure that they have adequate and sufficient Travel and Medical Insurance prior to the start of their holiday.