Please be aware that visa requirements are subject to change and visa procurement is the responsibility of the traveller and not On The Go Tours. You should you contact your local South African embassy, consulate or a reputable visa handling company for the most up to date South Africa visa information before you travel. Please also ensure that your passport is valid for at least 6 months from your planned date of departure from South Africa.
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.
If you are a passport holder of another nationality, check Project Visa for more information on visa requirements for South Africa.
Under 18s Travelling To Or Transiting In South Africa
Parents travelling with children (under 18) 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.
Please note: From the 11th November 2019, only a valid passport will be required for foreign minors travelling to South Africa.
To help further plan your trip to South Africa take a look through our handy Travel Guide resources:
Best Places to Visit - South Africa's top cities, reserves and winelands
Best Time to Visit - South Africa's climate and seasons
Top Travel Tips - useful info on money, health and more in South Africa
About Overland Safaris - what to expect on an overland camping expedition
About Lodge Safaris - all you need to know about lodge accommodated safaris
Safari Wildlife Guide - where to find Africa's most iconic wildlife
Spotting Africa's Big 5 - our guide to the Big 5 and the best places to find them