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South African Tourism

The South African economy is one of a modern and promising emerging market. It offers an internal market of over 50 million people and is the gateway you an African marker of  over 1 billion people.

The country is also a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO) with free trade agreements with, amongst others, the European Union (EU), Trade and Development Cooperation Agreement (TDCA).

The South African Government offers an array of incentive schemes to stimulate and facilitate the development of sustainable, competitive enterprises.  A variety of these incentive schemes seek to support the development or growth of commercially viable and sustainable enterprises through the provision of either funding or tax relief.

For more information on trade opportunities with South Africa kindly contact the Embassy’s Economic Section or visit the South Department of trade and Industry (dti) website:

Growth Path (NGP), , which lists a variety of South African sectors for growth.


Discover the richness and diversity of South Africa. Be welcomed by natural beauty, fascinating cultures and an amazing historical heritage - known as the Rainbow Nation for its vibrant mix of people and cultures.

It's time to explore South Africa.

This is the land where two oceans meet, where it's sunny and warm most of the year, and where you can experience the magnificent Big Five: Elephant, Rhino, Buffalo, Lion and Leopard as well as Southern Right Whale and the Great White Shark with your own eyes. Enjoy award-winning wines, delicious cuisine, blue-flag beaches, game parks, mountains, markets, aquariums, heritage sites, historical landmarks and home-grown hospitality in this truly remarkable country. For visa and other travel requirements please refer to the Consular Services page.

  • Foreign visitors should check before arriving whether a visa is required.
  • Visitors must have at least one blank page in their passports.
  • Tourists must have return or onward tickets.
  • Visitors from yellow-fever areas must have proof of inoculation.
  • Foreign tourists may have their value-added tax refunded upon departure.
  • For safety, emergency and other information, tourists can phone

The National Tourism Information and Safety Line on 083 123 2345 (24 hours a day) in South Africa.


Travel advice


Important Visa Information:

The 26th May 2014, the South African authorities implemented stricter immigration regulations for travels across all the South African borders.

A mong other things, this means that it is in the majority of cases no longer possible to extend a tourist visa.

It is therefore vital that travelers are aware when entering South Africa, that they are granted the correct amount of necessary days.

Tourist visas are only given for a maximum of 90 days.

If you are planning on working or studying in South Africa, you will need to ensure that you hold the correct residence permit before arriving.

I t is no longer possible to apply for a residence permit to South Africa, if you have entered on a tourist visa.

Should one be so unfortunate to overstay the validity of your visa or permit, fines are no longer issued on the border of departure. Instead, travelers are declared 'undesirable' for a period of 1-5 years, depending on how long you have overstayed.

From the 1st June 2015 new rules regarding travel with minors will be implemented at all the South African borders. This means that all children (under 18) will need to be in possession of their ENGLISH unabridged birth certificate (a 'full' birth certificate where both parents are mentioned), as well as certified parental consent from the parents who is not travelling along if applicable.




Travelers from Zambia, Tanzania, Eritrea, Sao Tome and Principe will no longer be required to produce proof of the yellow fever certificate when coming to South Africa after they were included on the World Health Organization low risk yellow fever countries list.

During the 136th session of the WHO Executive Board meeting, a review of countries with risk of yellow fever transmission and countries requiring yellow fever vaccination was conducted and based on the recommendations of the meeting; all travelers arriving into the country from these countries will NOT be required to produce proof of vaccination against yellow fever.

Published: Date: 3 February 2015.

Kindly see the Statement from the South African Ministry of Health here:

H E Ms Carmen J Smidt
Head of Mission
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