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Passport holders who are exempt from Visas for South Africa

Citizens of the countries listed below can enter South Africa without a visa for limited periods, but subject to terms and conditions. It will be noted that there are nationalities who can enter for up to 90 days visa-free and other nationalities who can enter for up to 30 days visa-free.

It is however always a prudent measure for all foreigners intending to enter South Africa to check if a visitor’s visa is required or aspects of entry beforehand, as there could be associative changes that may affect admittance.

Visa  Exemption List
COUNTRY NAME/ORGANISATIONS Passport Type Visa Fees 
Diplomatic Official Service Ordinary Special 
African Union Laissez Passer 90 Days No
Albania (Republic of) 120 Days 120 Days 120 Days Yes
Algeria 30 Days 30 Days 30 Days No
Andorra (Principality of) 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days Yes
Angola (Republic of) 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days P/A Yes
Anguilla 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days Yes
Antigua and Barbuda 30 Days 30 Days 30 Days No
Argentina 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days No
Australia 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days Yes
Austria (Republic of) 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days Yes
Bahamas 30 Days Yes
Barbados 30 Days 30 Days 30 Days No
Belarus (Republic of) 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days Yes
Belgium 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days Yes
Belize* 30 Days 30 Days 30 Days Yes
Benin (Republic of)* 30 Days 30 Days 30 Days Yes
Bermuda 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days No
Bolivia, Plurinational State of 30 Days 30 Days 30 Days No
Botswana 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days No
Brazil 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days No
British Antarctic Territory 90 Days Yes
British Indian Ocean Territory 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days Yes
British Virgin Island 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days No
Bulgaria (Republic of) 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days Yes
Canada 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days Yes
Cape Verde 30 Days 30 Days 30 Days No
Cayman Islands 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days Yes
Chile 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days No
China (People’s Republic of) 30 Days 30 Days 30 Days Yes
Comoros (Union of) 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days Yes
Congo (Democratic Republic of) 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days Yes
Costa Rica 30 Days 30 Days 30 Days No
Croatia (Republic of) 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days Yes
Cuba (Republic of) 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days Yes
Cyprus 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days 30 Days No
Czech Republic 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days No
Denmark (Kingdom of) 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days Yes
Ducie and Oeno Islands 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days Yes
Ecuador 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days No
Egypt 30 Days 30 Days 30 Days No
Falkland Islands 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days Yes
Finland (Republic of) 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days Yes
France (Republic of) 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days Yes
Gabon (Republic of)* 30 Days 30 Days 30 Days Yes
Germany (Federal Republic of) 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days Yes
Ghana (Republic of) 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days Yes
Gibraltar 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days Yes
Greece (Hellenic Republic of) 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days Yes
Guernsey 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days No
Guinea (Republic of) 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days Yes
Guyana 30 Days 30 Days 30 Days No
Henderson 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days Yes
Hong Kong (SpecialAdministrative Region of China)* 30 Days 30 Days 30 Days Yes
Hungary 120 Days 120 Days 120 Days 30 Days No
Iceland (Republic of) 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days Yes
India 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days No
Indonesia (Republic of) 30 Days 30 Days 30 Days Yes
Ireland 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days No
Isle of Man 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days No
Israel 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days No
Italy (Republic of) 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days Yes
Ivory Coast (Republic of Còte D’Ivoire) 30 Days 30 Days 30 Days Yes
Jamaica 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days Yes
Japan 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days Yes
Jersey 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days No
Jordan 30 Days 30 Days 30 Days No
Kenya (Republic of)* 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days Yes
Kingdom of Eswatini (Swaziland) 30 Days 30 Days 30 Days No
Lesotho (Kingdom Of) 30 Days 30 Days 30 Days No
Liberia 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days Yes
Liechtenstein 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days No
Luxembourg (Grand Duchy of) 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days Yes
Macau 30 Days No
Madagascar (Republic of) 30 Days 30 Days 30 Days 90 Days P/A Yes
Malawi 30 Days 30 Days 30 Days No
Malaysia* 30 Days 30 Days 30 Days Yes
Maldives 30 Days 30 Days 30 Days No
Mali (Republic of) 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days Yes
Malta 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days No
Mauritius 30 Days 30 Days 30 Days No
Mexico 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days No
Monaco (Principality of) 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days Yes
Montserrat 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days Yes
Morocco (Kingdom of) 30 Days 30 Days 30 Days Yes
Mozambique (Republic of) 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days 30 Days Yes
Namibia 30 Days 30 Days 30 Days 90 Days P/A No
Netherlands (The Kingdom of) 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days Yes
New Zealand 90 Days Yes
Niger 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days Yes
Nigeria (Republic of) 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days Yes
Norway 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days Yes
Panama (Republic of) 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days Yes
Paraguay 120 Days 120 Days 120 Days 90 Days No
Peru 30 Days 30 Days 30 Days No
Pitcairn Islands 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days Yes
Poland (Republic of) 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days 30 Days Yes
Portugal (Republic of) 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days Yes
Qatar (State of) 90 Days Yes
Republic of Korea (South Korea)* 30 Days 30 Days 30 Days Yes
Romania 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days Yes
Russian Federation 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days Yes
Rwanda (Republic of) 30 Days 30 Days 30 Days Yes
SADC laissez-passers 90 Days No
Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha,Gough Island 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days Yes
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days No
San Marino (Republic of) 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days Yes
São Tomé and Príncipe (Democratic Republic of) 90 Days Yes
Saudi Arabia (Kingdom of) 90 Days Yes
Senegal 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days No
Seychelles 30 Days 30 Days 90 Days P/A No
Singapore (Republic of) 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days Yes
Slovak Republic 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days No
South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days No
Spain (Kingdom of) 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days Yes
Sweden 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days No
Switzerland 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days No
Tanzania (United Republic of) 90 Days P/A 90 Days P/A 90 Days P/A Yes
Thailand (Kingdom of)* 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days 30 Days Yes
Trinidad and Tobago (Republic of) 90 Days Yes
Tunisia (Republic of) 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days Yes
Turkey (Republic of)* 30 Days 30 Days 30 Days Yes
Turks and Caicos Islands 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days Yes
Uganda (Republic of) 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days Yes
United Arab Emirates 90 Days Yes
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland 90 Days No
United Nations Lasse Passer 90 Days No
United States of America 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days Yes
Uruguay 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days No
Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of) 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days Yes
Vietnam (Republic of) 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days Yes
Virgin Islands (British) 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days No
Zambia 90 Days P/A 90 Days P/A 90 Days P/A No
Zimbabwe 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days No

Source: South African Department of Home Affairs

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