South Africa Travel

South Africa Travel - South Africa is at the southernmost tip of the African continent. It is bordered by Botswana and Zimbabwe in the north, Mozambique and Swaziland in the north-east and Namibia in the north-west. The Indian Ocean on the east coast and Atlantic Ocean on the west coast join forces on the south coast. South Africa completely surrounds Lesotho. South Africa is a country of stunning scenery, from mountains and deserts to dramatic coastlines.

South Africa Flag

South Africa Travel Facts

  • Formerly: Union of South Africa
  • Capital: Pretoria (administrative), Cape Town (legislative)
  • Area: 1,219,912 km2
  • Population: 48,782,756
  • Language: English, Afrikaans and 9 indigenous languages

South Africa Money

Electricity In South Africa

South Africa Electricity Plug

Voltage: 220 V | Frequency: 50 Hz | Power sockets: Type F

South Africa Map

South African Regulations On Travelling With Children

AMENDMENT OF CHILD TRAVEL REGULATION As of 1st December 2018, where a child presents a passport which contains the details of his or her parent or parents, an immigration officer shall not require such child to produce an unabridged birth certificate.

So the need for parents of foreign minors to carry unabridged birth certificates when travelling to South Africa will no longer be enforced.

However, the SA Department Of Home Affairs stated - foreign travellers are "strongly advised to carry these documents" that prove kinship. Immigration officials will only insist on these documents "when necessary". Most significantly, foreign travellers will not be refused entry if they do not have these documents, but rather be allowed the "opportunity to prove parental ties and consent".

Exceptions To This 2018 Amendment:
  • If the child is a South African citizen a birth certificate and consent documents are required.
  • Where a parent or parents, legal guardian or any other person from a visa required country intends to travel with a child, he or she must, when applying for a visa for such child, a birth certificate and consent documents must be submitted.
  • Where one parent, legal guardian or any other person is travelling with a child, he or she may be required by an immigration officer to produce a copy of a birth certificate and consent documents of the child in order to establish the relationship with such child, unless the child is from a visa required country, upon admission into or departure from the Republic.
  • Any unaccompanied child shall produce to the immigration officer a copy of his or her birth certificate and consent documents.
The previous child travel regulations as of June 2015: If you are travelling to or from South Africa with a minor under the age of 18, you must produce an unabridged birth certificate of the child reflecting the particulars of both parents of the child, at check-in for your flight.
  • The birth certificate can either be original or certified as a true copy of the original by a Commissioner of Oaths.
  • If you are one parent travelling alone with your child, you will need, in addition to the birth certificate, a consent document, in the form of an affidavit from the other parent registered as a parent on the birth certificate of the child, authorizing him or her to enter into or depart from the Republic of South Africa with the child he or she is travelling with. The affidavit must be no older than 4 months, dating from the time of travel. Affidavit Consent Form
  • If you are transiting in South Africa and remaining in transit at the airport, this regulation does not apply. If you are overnighting in South Africa en route or the child requires a transit visa, the birth certificate +/- the affidavit will be required.
  • If the other parent is deceased, you must produce the death certificate.
  • Read the full regulations and various other permutations of travelling with minors to South Africa.

Getting To South Africa

South African Airways

South African Airways

  • Non-Stop from JFK, New York direct to OR Tambo, Johannesburg.
  • 1-Stop from JFK, New York via Dakar to OR Tambo, Johannesburg.
  • 1-Stop from JFK, New York via Dulles, Washington DC to OR Tambo, Johannesburg.
  • 1-Stop from Dulles, Washington DC via Dakar, Senegal to OR Tambo, Johannesburg.
  • 2-Stops from Dulles, Washington DC via JFK, New York & Dakar, Senegal to OR Tambo, Johannesburg


  • Non-Stop from Atlanta to OR Tambo, Johannesburg
British Airways

British Airways

  • Non-Stop from Heathrow, London to OR Tambo, Johannesburg
Air France

Air France

  • Non-Stop from CDG, Paris to OR Tambo, Johannesburg


  • Non-Stop from Frankfurt to OR Tambo, Johannesburg


  • Non-Stop from Schipol, Amsterdam to OR Tambo, Johannesburg
South African Airways

South African Airways

  • Non-Stop from Heathrow, London to OR Tambo, Johannesburg
  • Non-Stop from Frankfurt, Germany to OR Tambo, Johannesburg


  • Non-Stop from Dubai, UAE to Johannesburg, SA
Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways

  • Non-Stop from Doha, Qatar to Johannesburg, SA
Etihad Airways

Etihad Airways

  • Non-Stop from Abu Dhabi, UAE to Johannesburg, SA


  • Non-Stop from Sydney, NSW to to Johannesburg, SA
South African Airways

South African Airways

  • Non-Stop from Perth, WA to to Johannesburg, SA

South Africa Travel Health

Vaccinations/boosters are strongly recommended for:

Malaria In South Africa

South Africa Malaria Map Malaria Map Of South Africa

Prophylaxis is recommended for travel to low-altitude areas of the Mpumalanga Province (including Kruger National Park), Northern Province and northeastern KwaZulu-Natal as far south as the Tugela River. Risk is highest from October to May. The red area indicates a risk of malaria.

Other Health Hazards In South Africa

South Africa Visa

South Africa visa and passport information includes all application instructions and visa application form downloads.

Visa and Passport Requirements For US & UK Citizens

No visa is required by US or UK citizens, provided....

  • The stay is no longer than 90 days, though the maximum period allowed will be decided by the immigration officer at the port of entry.
  • They hold a passport valid at least 6 Months
  • The passport must contain at least 5 blank pages total. Note: The last three pages in the passport are reserved for Passport Amendments and cannot be used as visa pages.
  • They hold confirmed onward/return tickets
  • They hold proof of sufficient funds

Should a person be of an nationality to require a visa and is applying from the US or UK...

  • Submit your Passport, must be valid at least 6 months beyond intended stay
  • 1 Visa Application Form, fully completed in Black Ink and signed
  • 2 Recent passport-type photographs in colour (black & white or scanned photographs are not acceptable)
  • Copy of current Medical Insurance Policy showing details of coverage
  • Copy of round trip airline tickets
  • Copy of hotel confirmation(s) for the duration of intended stay
  • Documentation supporting purpose and duration of visit.

South Africa Visa Application Forms

South Africa Embassy In US

3051 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008
Tel: (202) 232-4400
Fax: (202) 265-1607
Website Of South African Consulate, New York

South Africa Embassy In UK

South Africa House, Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DP
Tel: 020 7451 7299
Fax: 020 7451 7283
Website Of South African Embassy, UK

US Embassy In South Africa

877 Pretorius St., Arcadia 0083
Tel: (12) 431-4000
Fax: (12) 342-2299
Website Of US Embassy In South Africa

UK Embassy In South Africa

255 Hill Street Arcadia 0002 Pretoria
Tel: (12) 483 1200
Fax: (12) 483 1302
UK Embassy In South Africa Email
Website Of UK Embassy In South Africa

Recommended Reading For South Africa Travel

South Africa Travel Guide

The Bradt Travel Guide to South Africa is full of information for making the most of a stay in South Africa. Game parks, coastal regions and cities are all covered.

Useful South Africa Travel Resources

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