Visas And Passports

Page Updated: May 2020

As a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic, some African nations have temporarily suspended issuing visas and revised their lists of visa exempt countries. Previously exempt countries may now require a visa.

It's very important to get your visas and passports correct for entry into African hunting countries - you can be turned away for seemingly trivial matters like your passport expiring in 5 months, not 6 months beyond your stay or not having the correct number of blank pages.

Here is information about visas and passports for African hunting countries for primarily US and UK citizens. Not every nationality can be included - check the travel page for the African hunting country of interest for contact details of the Embassy or High Commission.

Visas For Africa

  • Most African hunting countries will require tourist visas for most nationalities of hunters.
  • It is strongly recommended to get your visa before departure for your African hunting country. and many countries are now operating eVisa services.
  • In some African countries, for most nationalities, a tourist visa can be purchased on arrival at an international airport but you could be in for a very long wait in line, especially if several international flights arrive at the same time.
  • For some nationalities going to certain African countries, purchasing a visa on arrival is not permitted. The issuing of a visa in these cases, requires special documentation like letters of invitation. You must check the visa exemption list prior to travel if your nationality is allowed to buy a visa on arrival.

USA Flag Visas For US Hunters To Africa...

  • US hunters only need a valid passport for entry into Botswana, South Africa and Namibia.
  • US hunters need visas for Tanzania, Mozambique, Uganda and Zimbabwe - which can be purchased on arrival.
  • US hunters need visas for Burkina Faso, Benin, Cameroon, CAR, Ethiopia and Zambia which must be obtained before departure.

Passports For Africa

  • Across the board, you will need a passport that is valid until at least 6 months after your departure date from the country.
  • It is important you have the stipulated number of empty visa pages in your passport. Some embassies require at least 3 empty pages and will not put their visa near any other passport stamp.


African Hunting Countries Visa & Passport Requirements

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BENIN

  • A visa is required for US or UK citizens.
  • 90 Day Tourist Visa Application Form
  • eVisa Application
  • Enquire at Benin Embassy for visa exempt passport holders.
  • Visas are not available at the airport upon entry except for successful eVisa applicants.
  • 1 passport-size photo (White background, taken in last 6 months).
  • International Certificate of Vaccination (Yellow Fever).
  • Photocopy of round-trip ticket or itinerary.
  • A valid passport (minimum of 6 months from date of departure from Benin).
  • Passport Blank Pages: 2
  • Consular fee.
  • Visa Service For Benin

BOTSWANA

BURKINA FASO

CAMEROON

  • A visa is required for US or UK citizens
  • Visa Application Form for US citizens. All other nationalities must apply at their nearest Cameroon Embassy.
  • Visa applications must be done by appointment in person at the Embassy or by trackable mail including a self-addressed prepaid return envelope with a tracking number. This includes visa applications for minors.
  • Length of visa validity is decided according to the travel dates (date of entry in Cameroon and date of departure) indicated on the travel itinerary.
  • Passport with valid for at least 6 months beyond the projected expiration date of the visa.
  • 2 visa application forms to be fully completed and signed.
  • 2 identical passport-size (2"x2") colour photos, stapled to each of the 2 application forms.
  • Photos on plain white background, no shadows, facing camera, eyes open, neck, chin, nose, forehead, both ears and eyes visible, mouth closed - no smiling or frowning, no glasses, hairclips or head covering and must reflect the real complexion of the applicant.
  • Photos that are deemed unacceptable will be rejected.
  • Copy of flight/trip reservation from airline or travel agency confirming the trip itinerary to Cameroon.
  • Travellers are advised to make only a reservation and not to finalize their ticket purchase until the visa is issued.
  • Check your reservation to verify that the time between the date of submission of your visa application to the Embassy and your arrival in Cameroon is less than 90 days.
  • Copy of up-to-date vaccination certificate showing proof of valid yellow fever immunization. Do not send the original vaccination certificate.
  • For applicants who obtained Cameroonian visas from an Embassy previously, must submit evidence including photocopies of previous passport(s) and old visa(s).
  • Provide a recent bank statement OR a letter of invitation from the inviting party in Cameroon, legalized by the police.
  • Application Fee + Visa Fee. Fees can be paid in cash, money order or cashier’s check. Payments with personal or business checks, or credit cards are not accepted
  • Full Cameroon Visa Guidelines
  • Visa Service For Cameroon is currently unavailable

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

  • A visa is required for US or UK citizens
  • Applications can be made in person or by mail.
  • A valid passport.
  • 2 visa applications forms completed and signed.
  • 2 identical passport-size colour photographs with white background.
  • Letter from the applicant’s employer confirming that the applicant will return to country after the visit.
  • Fees paid only in cash (for in person applications) or by money order if mail application.
  • Copy of Yellow Fever vaccination card - not original card.
  • Flight itinerary.
  • Invitation letter from the inviting party in Central African Republic.
  • Visa Service For Central African Republic

ETHIOPIA

  • A visa is required for US or UK citizens
  • You can apply for a tourist visa at the Embassy in person at any time during working hours without an appointment.
  • Current passport – the passport must be valid for at least 6 months.
  • One recent passport-size photograph.
  • Visa Application Form
  • A completed visa application form
  • Fees will be paid in money order payable to Embassy of Ethiopia.
  • You can apply for an eVisa for Ethiopia
  • The Embassy of Ethiopia accepts visa applications by post or courier service with a self-addressed return envelope with a tracking number.
  • Visa Service For Ethiopia

MOZAMBIQUE

  • A visa is required for US or UK citizens
  • Visa Application Form
  • Original passport, valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry into Mozambique and with at least 2 blank pages for visa.
  • Complete 1 visa application form properly.
  • 2 passport-size photographs (colour, with a white background).
  • If applying by mail, include a self-addressed envelope or a pre-paid air bill with a tracking number.
  • Payment must be only by money order and payable to the Embassy of Mozambique.
  • Invitations by organizations operating in Mozambique must include a copy of their legal status issued by the Mozambicans authorities.
  • Invitations by non-citizens living in Mozambique must include a copy of proof of residence.
  • Minors (under the age of 18) must attach a parental travel consent letter and their birth certificate with the visa application form.
  • If the applicant has been in a Yellow Fever endemic country, he must present a Vaccination Certificate, both at the Embassy and at the entry border post.
  • Copy of flight itinerary and a copy of hotel reservation are required for a Tourist Visa.
  • Visa Service For Mozambique

NAMIBIA

  • No visa is required for US or UK citizens
  • Passport should at least be valid for a period of not less than 6 months from the date of arrival and should not have less than 3 blank pages.
  • Visa exempt countries list and nationalities which qualify for a visa on arrival.
  • Visa Application Form
  • For nationalities who require a visa...
  • Completed and signed application form.
  • Valid passport with at least 6 months validity from the date of entry and at least 3 or more blank pages.
  • 2 passport-size photos (2"x2", colour, taken within 3 months before the date of application, clear front view of face, white background, no sleeveless attire and eyeglasses. Men should not wear earrings. Blurred or low quality photos are not accepted.
  • Applications by mail require a self-addressed, pre-paid envelope with tracking. Receipt of payment for the envelope must be attached.
  • Cash, money order or certified bank check (personal checks will not be accepted).
  • Business letter stating nature of visit.
  • Complete flight itinerary.
  • Hotel reservations or tour/safari confirmation.
  • Proof of adequate funds for the duration of stay in the form of personal bank account statement. For dependents who are minors or spouses, a signed letter of the person responsible for the expenses.
  • All documents must be written in English.
  • Visa Service For Namibia

SOUTH AFRICA

  • No visa is required for US or UK citizens for 90 days or less.
  • Nationals of other countries must check the list of visa exempt countries.
  • If a visa is required, passports must be valid for 30 or more days after the intended return date from South Africa.
  • The passport must contain at least 2 blank pages labeled 'Visa' when presented at the Embassy or Consulate.
  • Yellow fever certificate is required only if the applicant is passing through yellow fever belt area before entering South Africa.
  • Visa Application Form
  • Certified/notarized copy of bio page of the applicant's passport.
  • 2 passport photos with white or light background
  • Proof of itinerary/reservation of round trip air tickets.
  • Proof of sufficient funds (in the form of three months recent bank statements stamped by bank) for the duration of stay.
  • Proof of hotel accommodation (confirmed hotel reservation) or a letter of invitation from the host in South Africa.
  • Proof of host’s legal status in South Africa.
  • Certified/notarised copy of birth certificate in case of children below 18 years.
  • Consent letter from parent(s) in case of child/children travelling alone or with other parent.
  • A statement or documentation detailing the purpose and duration of the visit.
  • Fee.
  • Visa Service for South Africa

TANZANIA

UGANDA

  • A visa is required for US or UK citizens which does not exceed 90 days for a single entry.
  • eVisa Online Application
  • Fees may be paid online.
  • If the eVisa is approved, an approval letter will be sent as an attachment to the email provided. This letter serves as a travel authorization. Print it out and present it together with a valid passport /travel document at the port of entry.
  • For a Tourist Visa there are no restrictions on country of origin.
  • Passport must be valid for not less than 6 months.
  • A personal visa service is available for travellers that prefer not to receive their visas upon arrival in Uganda.
  • A visa can not longer be obtained on arrival in Uganda - you must apply via the eVisa service first.
  • Visa Service for Uganda

ZAMBIA

  • A visa is required for US or UK citizens which does not exceed 90 days for a single entry.
  • Visa Application Form, Full Application Guidelines & Country Exemptions
  • Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months beyond your intended stay in Zambia.
  • Your passport must have a minimum of 2 blank pages marked with the words 'Visa' or 'Entries'.
  • You must submit 2 copies of the application form with...
  • Photo copy of passport page containing personal details.
  • 2 recent passport-size (2” X 2”) photographs with white background on photographic paper. Sign the back of each photo and staple 1 on each application form.
  • For a Tourist Visa, attach a copy of your flight itinerary or a copy of ticket. If available, a copy of the tour itinerary.
  • For a Visitor Visa attach a signed Letter of Invitation from your hosts in Zambia and a copy of the host's proof of residency in Zambia.
  • Fees must be paid by Money Order or Bank Certified Cheques only.
  • Visa Service for Zambia

ZIMBABWE

  • A visa is required for US or UK citizens but may be obtained on arrival at ports-of-entry if travelling to Zimbabwe for tourism, business or transit.
  • eVisa Online Application
  • Once the application is approved you will then receive a visa approval letter. This must be presented at any Zimbabwean port of entry.
  • Visa Exempt country lists
  • If you are a nationality that requires a visa - Visa Application Form
  • If you are planning to arrive to Zimbabwe via South Africa, ensure that you have at least 6 blank pages in your passport. South Africa requires two clean, consecutive pages for each transit through South Africa. You will need two pages to transit South Africa in each direction, and two pages to enter Zimbabwe.
  • Visa Service for Zimbabwe

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