Places to Visit
- Cape Town
- Robben Island
- Table Mountain
- Kruger National Park
- Tsitsikamma National Park
Getting to and Travelling around
Best Time and Weather
Low season - March to May
Shoulder Season - Nov to Dec
High Season - July, October, January and February
Xhosa and English
South African Rand
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British visitors do not require a visa to visit South Africa for up to 90 days. You should have atleast one blank page in your passport.
Passport & Visas
To visit South Africa, Canadians must present a passport, which must be valid for at least 30 days beyond the date of expected departure from that country. Before you leave, ask your transportation company about its requirements related to passport validity, which may be more stringent than the country’s entry rules.
Your passport must contain at least two empty visa pages for the necessary South African Temporary Residence Permit, or you will be denied entry into the country. You may also be denied boarding at the point of departure if you don’t have enough blank pages for the visa. If you plan to visit neighbouring countries and return to South Africa, ensure that there are sufficient visa pages in your passport for those countries’ visas or you will be denied re-entry into South Africa.
You must also be in possession of a return or an onward ticket. Without one, you may be required to deposit the equivalent of a fare home with customs. The money will be refunded after departure from South Africa.
New immigration regulations came into effect in May 2014. Check the latest requirements with the Department of Home Affairs before travelling to South Africa.
Canadians do not require a tourist visa to enter South Africa. Upon arrival, immigration officials will issue a Temporary Residents Visa (TRV) for up to 90 days. Check the expiry date of your TRV to ensure you don’t overstay.
Some foreigners travelling to South Africa have not been going through the correct channels to obtain, change or extend their relevant visas, resulting in arrest and detention due to fraudulently issued visas. While in South Africa, you must go through regional or district offices of the South African Department of Home Affairs for information on visa requirements and issuance.
Previously, Canadian travellers could leave South Africa for a neighbouring country and re-enter and obtain up to a further 90-day visitor’s visa at the port of entry. This practice no longer applies: persons leaving and re-entering South Africa after a few days up to a month will not automatically be given an additional 90-day visitor’s visa. Re-entry into South Africa can be denied or a very limited stay allowed by immigration officials. Contact the South African Department of Home Affairs 60 days before your visitor’s visa expires if you wish to extend your stay.
If you intend to work or study in South Africa, you must apply for the relevant visas prior to your arrival; otherwise, you risk being refused entry and may be returned to your point of origin. You cannot change the type of visa once in South Africa.
Canadians who have overstayed without authority may be required to pay a fine upon departure and/or can be refused entry for up to five years. Serious offenders may be arrested before departure and detained until their court appearance. In such cases, visitors may face a very substantial fine and be deported at their own expense.
Tourist visa: Not required for stays up to 90 days