Many nationalities enjoy visa-free entry into South Africa. If you qualify, you will be issued a visa on arrival. However, to be sure you should check your visa status and any any technical requirements, such the minimum number of blank pages required or yellow fever vaccine etc, well before your departure date. The links below summarise the situation for a number of countries. For more comprehensive information, please visit the South African Home Affairs Department website.
Medical / Travel Insurance
South Africa does not have a national health scheme. Patients are individually responsible for settling all accounts, and travel insurance covering accidents, illness or hospitalization during your stay is strongly recommended. There is no Malaria in the western cape, although if you are travelling to the north east of the country it is advisible to check the malaria status there.
Further information about South Africa’s electrical system, currency and climate can be found on the General Information page.
Yellow Fever Vaccine
Travellers from Africa or Central/Southern Americas are advised to check whether or not they require a valid yellow fever vaccine certificate. More details can be found at the IAMAT website.