Expedited Visa for
South Africa

When you need to get your visa for South Africa processed quickly, Travel Document Systems is here to help. All of the requirements and application forms, plus convenient online ordering.

Get a Tourist Visa for South Africa

South Africa issues Tourist visas for:
  • Tourist Travel

South Africa Tourist Visa for US Passport Holders Not Required

When you are travelling to South Africa with a U.S. Passport, a Tourist Visa is not required.

No visa required for a stay of up to 3 Months

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South Africa Tourist Visa for Non-US Passport Holders Required

When you are travelling to South Africa with a Non-US Passport, a Tourist Visa is required.

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Get a Business Visa for South Africa

South Africa issues Business visas for:
  • Business Travel

South Africa Business Visa for US Passport Holders Not Required

When you are travelling to South Africa with a U.S. Passport, a Business Visa is not required.

No visa required for a stay of up to 3 Months

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South Africa Business Visa for Non-US Passport Holders Required

When you are travelling to South Africa with a Non-US Passport, a Business Visa is required.

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Get a Diplomatic Visa for South Africa

South Africa issues Diplomatic visas for:
  • Official and Diplomatic Government Travel

South Africa Diplomatic Visa for US Passport Holders Not Required

When you are travelling to South Africa with a U.S. Passport, a Diplomatic Visa is not required.

No visa required for a stay of up to 90 Days

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South Africa Diplomatic Visa for Non-US Passport Holders Required

When you are travelling to South Africa with a Non-US Passport, a Diplomatic Visa is required.

TDS is unable to assist at this time.

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Get a Volunteer Visa for South Africa

South Africa Volunteer Visa for US Passport Holders Required

When you are travelling to South Africa with a U.S. Passport, a Volunteer Visa is required.

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South Africa Volunteer Visa for Non-US Passport Holders Required

When you are travelling to South Africa with a Non-US Passport, a Volunteer Visa is required.

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Travel Information

Get the most up-to-date information for South Africa related to embassy and consulate addresses, foreign relations information, travel advisories, entry and exit restrictions, and travel tips from the US State Department's website.

Vaccinations

Vaccination Certificate for Yellow Fever Required if arriving from an infected area with 5 Days.

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About South Africa

Read about the people, history, government, economy and geography of South Africa at the CIA's World FactBook.

A Brief History of South Africa

Dutch traders landed at the southern tip of modern day South Africa in 1652 and established a stopover point on the spice route between the Netherlands and the Far East, founding the city of Cape Town. After the British seized the Cape of Good Hope area in 1806, many of the Dutch settlers (the Boers) trekked north to found their own republics. The discovery of diamonds (1867) and gold (1886) spurred wealth and immigration and intensified the subjugation of the native inhabitants. The Boers resisted British encroachments but were defeated in the Boer War (1899-1902); however, the British and the Afrikaners, as the Boers became known, ruled together beginning in 1910 under the Union of South Africa, which became a republic in 1961 after a whites-only referendum. In 1948, the National Party was voted into power and instituted a policy of apartheid - the separate development of the races - which favored the white minority at the expense of the black majority. The African National Congress (ANC) led the opposition to apartheid and many top ANC leaders, such as Nelson MANDELA, spent decades in South Africa's prisons. Internal protests and insurgency, as well as boycotts by some Western nations and institutions, led to the regime's eventual willingness to negotiate a peaceful transition to majority rule. The first multi-racial elections in 1994 brought an end to apartheid and ushered in majority rule under an ANC-led government. South Africa since then has struggled to address apartheid-era imbalances in decent housing, education, and health care. ANC infighting, which has grown in recent years, came to a head in September 2008 when President Thabo MBEKI resigned, and Kgalema MOTLANTHE, the party's General-Secretary, succeeded him as interim president. Jacob ZUMA became president after the ANC won general elections in April 2009.

Learn more about South Africa in our World Atlas

About Us

Travel Document Systems, Inc. (TDS) is a leading visa and passport processing agency. For over 30 years we have served travel professionals, tour operators, and cruise lines, as well as corporate and individual international travelers. TDS specializes in travel that involves visas for more than one country.