Does A British Citizen Need A Visa To Go To South Africa?


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Joe Gilbert answered
If you are planning to stay in South Africa for less than 90 days, British citizens do not need a visa, but you do need to have a valid passport that has a minimum of six months still left on it. This is not just a South African demand but is a criterion requested by many countries, so don’t be caught out by it even though it seems unfair having to pay for a ten year passport only to get nine and a half years out of it.

If you want to work or study in South Africa, or to stay for longer than the 90 days you are allowed, then you will need to get an appropriate visa. You will be able to find all the details that you need on this site, but be warned, it is not as easy to navigate this site as it is the sites of other Embassies:

If you do need a visa because of any of the above reasons, then make sure that you give yourself plenty of time to gather together the relevant documents and for the application to be completed and processed because you will need to have it at the time of your departure, or quite simply, they will not let you in.

Generally, the documents that you will need for a visa are the fully completed application form; two passport photographs; a valid passport and a copy; your original valid resident visa (if applicable); a confirmation letter from your health insurance company stating the coverage, and a copy; proof of your hotel accommodation or flight reservation and a copy; a current bank statement and a copy; a letter of reference from your employer or educational establishment; and your visa fees.
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According to the most recent information, UK passport holders do not require a visa when visiting South Africa. This exemption also includes residents of the Republic of Ireland, the British Overseas Territories, the Isle of Man and the Virgin Islands. When entering South Africa, you must present a valid passport and it is fairly common practice for customs agents to request that your travel document be valid for at least 6 months from your intended date of departure.

UK passport holders are permitted to stay in South Africa for up to 90 days without a visa. Those visitors, however, who intend to stay for a longer period of time or who wish to study or work in South Africa will have to apply for a temporary residence permit, a work seeker's or a study permit.

It is always best to confirm with the South African consulate or embassy closest to where you live that visas are not required for your visa, as you must apply for these prior to your departure in order to be permitted entry into the country.
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sly commented
Britain is a part of the Commonwealth countries. A British citizen does not need a passport to enter South Africa as South Africa is also part of the Commonwealth countries. All You need is a British passport valid for at least 6 months. I know it's too late, but I hope it helps.
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slosh hughes commented
im planning to move to live in south africa, my spouse is from south africa and im from wales were planning to live there for a while, what type of visa would i want to allow me to live and work in southy africa???
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All I know is I am british and I like bacon
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I am a South African. My grand daughter is british. She is 3 years old. For how long can she visit us in South Africa?
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From South Africa House -

United Kingdom passport holders do not require a visa to enter South Africa.

The maximum period that United Kingdom passport holders may be admitted by the immigration officer is three (3) months. The basic requirements that may be requested by the immigration officer at the place/port of entry are the following:

    * *Passport valid for no less than 30 days after the expiry of intended visit* *

    * A vaccination certificate, if required by the Act

    * Proof of financial means in the form of -

    * bank statements
  o salary advices
  o undertaking(s) by the host(s) in the Republic
  o bursaries
  o medical cover, or
  o cash available, including credit cards or travellers' cheques
  to cover envisaged living expenses during the sojourn in the Republic.

    * Applicants travelling by air must be in possession of a return or onward ticket.

    * Statement and/or documentation confirming purpose and duration of visit

    * Documentation detailing the purpose of the visit and institutions or persons in the Republic involved, if any

    * Proof of fixed employment or other commitments thereof

    * This three (3) month period may be extended by a District or Regional Office of the Department of Home Affairs for an additional three months providing an application for an extension is made thirty (30) days prior to the expiry of the original permit. The approval of such application is at the discretion of the Regional/District representative of the Department of Home Affairs.

    * United Kingdom passport holders, who are seasonal visitors (more than six (6) months) to South Africa, may apply for a Retired Person's Permit. If approved, this permit may be granted for up to four (4) years.

    * Once admitted to South Africa, United Kingdom passport holders are advised to pay attention to the expiry date given to them on that Temporary Residence Permit (on the green control sticker). Failure to comply may lead to prosecution and/or a fine in terms of Section 49 and Section 50 of the Immigration Act 13 of 2002,
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Just wanted to no if a british citizen can move over to south africa with out a visa or if there will be difficulties in doing this?
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Anonymous commented
If you want to live there you will need a visa but as a South African I suggest its best you stay in Britain......
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Travel and Tourism college/school or University that offers that sort of course in Paris or surrounding areas such as Yvelines and the others ????

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