Tourist Visas for Africa

Updated: 24th January 2024

VISA PROCUREMENT

Please be advised that visa and entry requirements are subject to change and that visa procurement is the responsibility of the traveler and not On The Go Tours. Please also ensure that your passport is valid for at least 6 months from your planned date of departure from Africa and that you have enough blank pages in your passport for all of the visas you require.

The majority of visas in Africa can be obtained at the border however it is essential that you check the entry requirements of every country you will be visiting with the local embassy, consulate or a reputable visa handling company for the most up to date visa information before you travel. African countries are in a continual state of political flux and entry requirements can change overnight.

Vaccination Certificates: Some African countries still require you to show proof of either COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 PCR test conducted no more than 72 hours before departure. In addition to this, anyone travelling from a Yellow Fever infected country may also be required to show Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate upon arrival to be granted entry. Entry and exit requirements may be announced and altered at short notice so it is essential you check these requirements before you travel.

Kenya Visa Requirements

There are no visa requirements for any traveler visiting Kenya. All nationalities must apply for an Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA) online in advance of arrival. NB: This may take up to 7 days to process, please allow sufficient time as delays may occur. You can submit your application up to 3 months prior to travel. Please visit https://www.etakenya.go.ke/en for more information.

Your eTA is valid for a single entry into Kenya. However, there are some exceptions to this. Your eTA remains valid for more than one entry if:
You visit one of the following EAC Partner States: Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda, AND you don't visit any other country, AND your eTA has not expired (90 days from issuance).

Note: If you have a valid eVISA issued by the Republic of Kenya or a valid East African Tourist Visa, you will not be required to complete an eTA.

Tanzania Visa Requirements

Most nationalities require a visa to enter Tanzania. UK, USA, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand passport holders can get a visa, which is valid for 3 months, upon arrival or in advance from the Tanzania embassy. South African passport holders do not require a visa to visit Tanzania for up to 90 days.

If you're a resident of the UK and would like someone to handle your visa application for you then we recommend CIBTvisas. Please follow this link for more details on how to start your visa application with them - http://www.cibtvisas.co.uk/onthego

Malawi Visa Requirements

Most Passport holders including UK, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand require a visa to enter Malawi. To travel on our overland safaris all passengers are requested to apply for an e-visa online in advance of arrival. Please note, this may take up to 7 days to process, please allow sufficient time as delays may occur. Supporting letters can be provided upon request within 42 days of departure.

You can apply for a Malawi E Visa online at https://evisa.gov.mw/.

Zambia Visa Requirements

South African passport holders do not require a visa to visit Zambia. Most nationalities, including UK, USA, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand passport holders, require a visa to enter Zambia which can be obtained upon arrival.

KAZA Visa

Zimbabwe and Zambia have re-introduced the popular, and much-awaited KAZA (Kavango-Zambezi) “Uni-Visa”, which allows visitors to stay in either (or both) countries for up to 30 days for a single payment of US$50.

The UniVisa is available at Harare, Victoria Falls, Lusaka and Livingstone International airports, the Victoria Falls land border (Zimbabwe/Zambia) and the Kazungula land border (Zimbabwe/Zambia/Botswana).

Zimbabwe Visa Requirements

South African passport holders do not require a visa to visit Zimbabwe. Most nationalities, including UK, USA, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand passport holders, require a visa to enter Zimbabwe which can be obtained upon arrival or in advance from an embassy.

KAZA Visa

Zimbabwe and Zambia have re-introduced the popular, and much-awaited KAZA (Kavango-Zambezi) “Uni-Visa”, which allows visitors to stay in either (or both) countries for up to 30 days for a single payment of US$50.

The UniVisa is available at Harare, Victoria Falls, Lusaka and Livingstone International airports, the Victoria Falls land border (Zimbabwe/Zambia) and the Kazungula land border (Zimbabwe/Zambia/Botswana).

Botswana Visa Requirements

Most nationalities, including UK, USA, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand and South African passport holders, do not require a visa to visit Botswana for up to 90 days.

Namibia Visa Requirements

Most nationalities, including UK, USA, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand and South African passport holders, do not require a visa to visit Namibia for up to 90 days.

South Africa Visa Requirements

Most nationalities, including UK, USA, Canadian, New Zealand & Australian passport holders, do not require a visa to visit South Africa for up to 90 days.

Travelling to or through South Africa with children

There are special requirements for travelling to South Africa with children under the age of 18. Please contact the South African High Commission or the South African Department of Home Affairs for further information relating to these requirements. If you do not carry the correct documentation you will not be allowed to enter the country. Obtaining the correct paperwork is the responsibility of the traveler and not On The Go Tours.

Mozambique Visa Requirements

South African passport holders do not require a visa for Mozambique. A visa exemption program has been introduced for several nationalities, including UK, USA, Canada and Ireland for a 30-day stay. These visa-exempt nationals pay a processing fee of MZN 650 on arrival (fee subject to change).

Nationalities not covered by the visa exemption program including New Zealand and Australia do require a visa. Tourists are usually able to get a single-entry visa valid for 30 days on arrival for USD$50. You may be required to produce a copy of your flight itinerary and travel voucher at the border so make sure you have these to hand when you cross the border.

You can also obtain a visa in advance from your local Mozambique Embassy or Consulate. For countries without Mozambique consular representation, including Australia and New Zealand, a visa can be obtained from the Mozambique Embassy in Johannesburg which is open Monday – Friday. For more information please contact the embassy. You will need to arrive into Johannesburg a few days prior to your tour departure date in order to get the visa processed.

Mozambique visa regulations change frequently and without notice, so it is essential that all nationalities check the latest advice with the Mozambique embassy.

Uganda Visa Requirements

Most nationalities require a visa to enter Uganda including UK, USA, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand and South African passport holders. Visas must be obtained in advance of travel.

Apply for a Uganda EVisa online at https://visas.immigration.go.ug/. Please note: this may take up to 7 days to process, please allow sufficient time as delays may occur.

You can also apply for an East African Tourist Visa. This is valid for 90 days and allows multiple entry into Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda. Please note, if you plan to apply for an East Africa Tourist Visa in advance, you must obtain the visa from the embassy of the country that you will be visiting first. So if you are travelling on one of our Overland Safaris, you will be travelling to Kenya first and therefore you must get apply for the visa at the Kenyan Embassy.

Further Resources

For more information on visa requirements for Africa including embassy links and details for passport holders of other nationalities, please refer to Project Visa.

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