South Africa Visa Requirements
Most nationalities, including UK, USA, Canadian and Australian passport holders, do not require a visa to visit South Africa for up to 90 days.
New Zealand Passport Holders
From 16th January 2017 all New Zealand passport holders will be required to obtain a visa prior to travelling to South Africa. New Zealanders arriving in South Africa on or after 16th January 2017 should ensure they have the correct visa.
If travelling to South Africa with us you will need to let us know you are travelling on a New Zealand passport and we will arrange for a letter confirming your tour and accommodation in South Africa to be sent to you so you can include this on your visa application.
Applicants who wish to apply for visas to visit South Africa no longer need to travel to the High Commission in Wellington but instead will need to visit the South African Visa Application Centres (run by VFS Global) in Wellington or Auckland. These two centres are responsible for receiving all applications from 14 February 2017.
The new VFS Global Visa Application Centres (VAC) will offer an easier, more accessible visa application process for applicants with the help of an appointment-based system, easy fee collection, along with a secure dispatch system. Walk-ins will also be accommodated. The South African High Commission remains the sole authority for processing and issuing visas.
New Zealand passport holders in Australia do not have to travel to New Zealand and can apply for visas at the South African High Commission in Canberra, they need only present a bill from their municipality or telephone account indicating their residence in Australia. Those in other countries can also submit their applications at the nearest South African Embassy, High Commission or local VFS VAC.
For details on where to apply - please see South African Visa Requirements.
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.