Tourist Visas for Africa

VISA PROCUREMENT

Please be advised that visa requirements are subject to change and that visa procurement is the responsibility of the traveller 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 visa 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 visa requirements can change overnight.

Kenya Visa Requirements

South African passport holders do not require a visa for Kenya. Most nationalities, including UK, USA, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand passport holders, require a visa to enter Kenya.

On 1st July 2015 the government of Kenya introduced an electronic visa application. It is still possible to purchase a visa upon arrival up until 31 August 2015. From 01 September 2015 ALL tourists wishing to visit Kenya need to apply for a visa online at www.ecitizen.go.ke. The visa process can take up to 7 working days.

For further details click here.

Tanzania Visa Requirements

Most nationalities require a visa to enter Tanzania. UK, USA, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand and South African passport holders can get a visa, which is valid for 3 months, upon arrival or in advance from the Tanzania embassy.

Malawi Visa Requirements

As of the 1st October 2015 passport holders of (but not limited to) UK, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand will be charged a visa fee at the border into Malawi. The cost is $50 for a 7 day transit visa and $75 for a 90 day single entry visa. Please contact your local Malawian embassy/high commission for further information.

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.

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.

The UNIVISA system, which allowed travellers to enter both Zimbabwe and Zambia using a dual visa, is currently suspended. If you’re travelling between Zimbabwe and Zambia (more than one entry either way), you should get a double entry visa for both countries.

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 30 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, Australian and New Zealand passport holders, do not require a visa to visit South Africa for up to 90 days.

Travelling to or through South Africa with children

From 1 June 2015 parents travelling with children into or out of South Africa, or transiting in South Africa will be asked to show the child’s unabridged (full) birth certificate which lists the child’s details and both parents’ details. The abridged (short) birth certificate which only lists the child’s details won’t be accepted. Uncertified copies of birth certificates or copies of the parents/guardians identification will not be accepted. A parental contact affidavit (PCA) must have a certified copy of the parent’s/guardian’s identification (ie passport) attached to it.

Where only one parent is accompanying a child, parental or legal consent for the child to travel (eg an affidavit from the other parent or – if applicable – a death certificate) is required and there are other requirements for children travelling unaccompanied or with adults who are not their parents.

If you are travelling with children (under 18) it is essential that you contact the South African High Commission or the South African Department of Home Affairs for further information relating to these regulations. 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 traveller and not On The Go Tours.

Mozambique Visa Requirements

South African passport holders do not require a visa for Mozambique. Most other nationalities, including UK, USA, Canada, New Zealand and Australia do require a visa. Tourists are usually able to get a single-entry visa valid for 30 days on arrival. However, there have been reports of visitors being refused this service and being turned back from border posts and airports. We therefore highly recommend that you obtain your visa prior to travel, unless you do not have consular representation in your home country.

Countries without Mozambique consular representation include Australian, New Zealand and Canadian passport holders who are currentlyable to obtain a visa on the border but this may change. Alternatively a visa can be obtained from the Mozambique Embassy in Johannesburg which is open Monday – Friday. For more information please contact the embassy or visit: www.embamoc.co.za/visa-applications. 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.

Madagascar Visa Requirements

All nationalities require an entry visa to visit Madagascar which can be obtained upon arrival. A 30-day tourist visa is free of charge at the airport on arrival. You will be asked for evidence of onward or return travel on arrival in Madagascar.

Uganda Visa Requirements

Most nationalities require a visa to enter Uganda. UK, USA, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand and South African passport holders can get a visa, which is valid for 3 months (or 6 months for a multiple entry), upon arrival or in advance from an embassy.

Rwanda Visa Requirements

Most nationalities require a visa for Rwanda, including USA, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand and South African passport holders.

In Rwanda the visa on arrival system has been replaced by an online visa that you need to apply for three days before arriving. If you are travelling on one of our Overland Camping Safaris your trip leader will advise if you will be gorilla trekking in Rwanda at the pre departure meeting and give instructions on how to apply for the visa. Payment is made at the border.

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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