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 other technical requirements, such as the minimum number of blank pages required, or yellow fever vaccinations etc., well before your departure date. The links below summarise the situations 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 and patients are individually responsible for settling all accounts. Travel insurance covering accidents, illness or hospitalization during your stay is strongly recommended. There is no malaria threat in the Western Cape, but it is advisable to check the malaria status if you are travelling to the north-east regions of South Africa.
Yellow Fever Vaccine
Travellers from Africa or Central/Southern Americas are advised to check whether they require a valid Yellow Fever Vaccine certificate. More details can be found at the IAMAT website.