COUNTRIES WHOSE NATIONALS ARE EXEMPT FROM VISAS

 

  1. The citizens of the foreign countries listed in the relevant items of this schedule are not required to hold a visa in order to report for an examination to a port of entry, subject to the terms and conditions set out in this Schedule, including inter alia the intended period of stay in the Republic.
  2. The holder of a national South African passport, travel document and document for travel purposes are not required to hold a visa to enter the Republic.
  3. a) The holder of a national passport of

b) A national of the British Dependent Territories, including Anguilla, Bermuda, British Antarctic Territory, British Indian Ocean Territory, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Montserrat, Pitcairn, Henderson, Cucie and Oeno Islands, the Sovereign Base Area of Akrotiri and Dhekelia and the Turks and Caicos Island is required to hold a visa.

    1. The holder of a national passport of the following countries is not required to hold a visa in respect of purposes for which a visitorís permit may be issued or by virtue of being a person contemplated in section 31(3)(b) for an intended stay of 90 days or less and when in transit.
    2. Andorra

      Argentina

      Australia

      Austria

      Belgium

      Botswana

      Brazil

      Canada

      Chile

      Czech Republic

      Denmark

      Ecuador

      Finland

      France

      Germany

      Greece

      Iceland

      Israel

      Italy

      Jamaica

      Japan

      Liechtenstein

      Luxemburg

      Malta

      Mexico

      Monaco

      Netherlands

      New Zealand

      Norway

      Paraguay provided that diplomatic and official passport holders are exempt for an up to 120 days stay

      Portugal

      San Marino

      Singapore

      Spain

      St Vincent & the Grenadines

      Sweden

      Switzerland

      Uruguay

      Venezuela

      United States of America

    3. The holder of a national passport of the following countries/territories is not required to hold a visa in respect of purposes for which a visitorís permit may be issued or by virtue of being a person contemplated in section 31(3)(b) for an intended stay of 30 days or less and when in transit.

Antigua and Barbuda

Barbados

Belize

Benin

Bolivia

Cape Verde

Costa Rica

Cyprus : provided that diplomatic and official passport holders are exempt for an up to 90 days stay

Gabon

Guyana

Hong Kong : only with regard to holders of Hong Kong British National-Overseas passports and Hong Kong Special Administrative Region passports

Hungary : provided that diplomatic and official passport holders are exempt for an up to 120 days stay

Jordan

Lesotho

Macau : only with regard to holders of Macau Special Administrative Region passports (MSAR)

Malaysia

Malawi

Maldives

Mauritius

Mozambique

Namibia

Peru

Poland provided that diplomatic and official passport holders are exempt for an up to 90 days stay

Seychelles

Slovak Republic provided that diplomatic and official passport holders are exempt for an up to 120 days stay

South Korea

Swaziland

Thailand provided that diplomatic and official passport holders are exempt for an up to 90 days stay

Turkey

Zambia

Zimbabwe : only in respect of government Officials, including police on cross border investigations

 

6. Holders of diplomatic and official passports of the following countries do

not require visas in respect of purposes for which a visitorís permit may be issued or by virtue of being a person contemplated in section 31(3)(b) for an intended stay of 90 days or less (unless otherwise specified) and transit

Albania (for visits of 120 days)

Algeria (for visits of 30 days only)

Angola

Bulgaria

Comoros

Croatia

Egypt

Ivory Coast (for visits of 30 days only)

Kenya (for visits of 30 days only)

Madagascar (for visits of 30 days only)

Morocco

Romania

Rwanda (for visits of 30 days only)

Slovenia

Tunisia (30 days)

 

7. Notwithstanding this Schedule, a foreigner whose visa exemptions have been withdrawn shall comply with visa requirement until notified by the Department that his or her visa exemption has been re-instituted by the Department on petition or of its own accord.

8. Visas are not required by passport holder of Lesotho, Swaziland, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Malawi who are entering the Republic as commercial heavy-duty vehicle drivers provided their visits do not exceed 15 days and on condition that they can produce a letter confirming their employment with a transport company on entry

9. Staff members of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) who travel on SADC laissez-passers are exempt from visa requirements for bona fide official business visits of up to 90 days and transit.

10.Holders of United Nations (UN) laissez-passer are exempt from visa requirements when visiting the Republic for periods not exceeding 90 days for purposes for which a visitorís permit may be issued, and for official business purposes and transits and when accredited for placement at a UN mission in the Republic for the duration of their accreditation. Volunteers attached to UN agencies and travelling on ordinary passports are exempt from visa requirements, provided that they are in possession of the relevant letters or identification documents to identify themselves at ports of entry as personnel of a UN agency.

 

 

1 July 2005