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US citizens visiting South Africa for stays of up to 90 days are not required to obtain visas. This applies for purposes of tourism, short business meetings or for those in transit to other countries. For all other purposes, such as academics, educational trips, volunteer or paid work, visas must be obtained prior to traveling to South Africa.
As a general rule, US travelers should always ensure that their passports have at least 2 blank pages to avoid delays or even refusal of entry into South Africa. Visitors to South Africa are also strongly advised to keep a photocopy of the photograph/personal information page of their passport with them at all times as precautionary measure.
When entering South Africa from countries where yellow fever is prevalent, travelers are required to present their World Health Organization proof of vaccination. This requirement may be imposed even when transiting passengers are required to stay on board their aircraft. According to WHO regulations, these vaccination proofs must be obtained at least 14 days prior to arrival in South Africa. Yellow fever vaccines are no longer administered at South African ports of entry, so anyone arriving without the requisite evidence of inoculation may be turned around and refused to enter the country.
This information is subject to change without prior notice; therefore it is highly recommended that US citizens check the latest entry requirements for South Africa before traveling.
Embassy of the Republic of South Africa
3051 Massachusetts Ave, NW
Telephone: (202) 232-4400
Fax: (202) 265-1607
Annex (for visas, passports, immigration matters)
4301 Connecticut Ave, NW, Suite 220
Telephone: (202) 274-7991
333 East 38th Street, 9th Floor
New York, NY
Telephone: (212) 213-4880
Fax: (212) 213-0102
200 S Michigan Ave # 600
Telephone: (312) 939-7929
Fax: (312) 939-2588
6300 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 600