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British nationals intending to visit South Africa for stays of less than 90 days do not need visas. However, this only applies for business and tourist activities. For academic, volunteer or paid work purposes, visas will have to be obtained at the South African High Commission in the UK before traveling.
British travelers should ensure that their passports are valid for at least 30 days beyond the date of intended departure from South Africa, and that there are at least 2 unused pages in their passports. Although South African authorities officially state that only 1 blank page is needed for entry, there have been reports of travelers being refused entry as some Immigration Officers insist on 2 blank pages. Further, internationally-recognized proof of yellow fever vaccination issued within the last 10 days prior to arrival will have to be presented when a visitor is coming from a country where yellow fever is endemic. Failure to provide this document will result in refusal of entry into South Africa.
Extensions of stay may be applied for at the Department of Home Affairs after entry. Overstaying without permission is a serious violation of South African immigration laws and offenders will be required to pay a fine and may even face detention and deportation.
Travelers are urged to verify entry requirements to South Africa before leaving the United Kingdom to avoid delays and difficulties.
South African High Commission
South Africa House
Telephone: (020) 7451-7299
Fax: (020) 7451-7284