South Africa, like any other country in the world, holds the sovereign right to determine who is entitled to enter its territory. South Africa enjoys the right to exempt designated foreign countries from having to be in possession of a visa to enter its territory.

We can advise if you are visa exempt or not and what the requirements are for non-exempt countries.

It is imperative to note that despite having a visa endorsed in the applicant’s passport for entry into South Africa, it does not guarantee automatic admission into its territory.

A South African visa allows immigration officers at our ports of entry to facilitate entry on the basis that the South African missions abroad have screened applicants on the basis of certain eligibility requirements that relate to their purpose and the duration of their stay.

Where a visa is issued by one of the South African missions abroad such visa shall be considered to be a visitor’s permit in terms of the Immigration Act.

Similarly, any person who holds a valid temporary or permanent residence permit shall be deemed to be in possession of a valid South African visa in terms of the Act upon admission.