South Africa Passport and Visa Requirements For U.S. Citizens

Is a Passport Required?
Is a Visa Required?
If your stay is no longer than 90 days.

South Africa flag When preparing to travel, you may ask yourself: Do I need a passport or visa to enter South Africa? The short answer about the passport is always, “Yes.” But a visa is not always necessary. If your trip is less than 90 days, it isn’t required. When preparing to travel to South Africa, double check the expiration date of your current passport if you have one. It must remain valid for at least for 30 days after arrival. If it will expire within that time, or come close, it’s best to get it renewed. Occasionally there’s a need for additional stamps in your passport. So ensure you have at least two blank pages remaining for use. Yellow fever vaccinations are currently required in order to enter South Africa. Your medical professional can help you with these, and any other vaccinations you may need. If you are planning an extended trip and expect to carry more than ZAR 25,000 with you, be aware that upon entry and exit, the amount will need to be declared to customs.

Learn more about South Africa

South Africa landscape South Africa is located in Southern Africa. The country, which struggles with prolonged droughts, has a total land area of 1,219,090 sq km. It shares borders with Botswana and Lesotho. Pretoria, the capital of South Africa, may be a city to consider seeing. When planning other site seeing adventures keep in mind that timezones may change. Make sure to adjust your watch, or phone to South Africa’s timezone, use UTC+2. The country’s main agricultural products are corn and wheat. The primary industry contributing to their economy is mining. Machinery and equipment are South Africa's major imports. The country’s airports currently include 144 paved runways, with 422 unpaved, making travel there easier than it’s ever been. Internet availability exists throughout South Africa for its 27 million users, so finding WIFI while there shouldn't be difficult.

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