South Africa Requirements

South Africa Requirements

South Africa Requirements having the correct travel documentation with you means you are one step away and ready for check-in, security clearance, and the boarding gates.

For international travel, Government regulations mandatory all travelers over 16 years old to be in possession of a valid (return) air ticket, a passport and visa and health documentation (if required). Travellers without these mandatory documents will be not be allowed to aboard to avoid go against immigration rules. Check Unaccompanied Minor requirements on SAA



Passport, visa and health requirements can vary according to your country of citizenship and your destination. It is your responsibility as a traveller to ensure you have the correct documents. Please check the requirements with the consulate or embassy of all countries on your itinerary. Failure to comply with visa and/or passport requirements may result in denied boarding.

Passport Requirements for Travel to South Africa

South Africa Requirements according to SAA Website Please note that visitors who wish to travel to South Africa must have a machine-readable passport that is valid for at least 30 days after their intended return date from South Africa.

It’s important to note that non-South African passport holders must have at least one (1) completely unused visa page for entry or departure endorsements by South African Immigration Service in their passport. Government regulations prohibit airlines from boarding travelers without the required blank visa pages, even if you hold a valid ticket and a valid passport.

That requirement for a blank page does not include the page reserved for Observations, Amendments or Endorsements.

This rule is not applicable to alien residents of South Africa. Book your flights with South Africa Black Friday Promo

Customers traveling to international destinations must ensure that their passports are signed on the space provided at the bottom of the page that lists contact details. This is a requirement from various Immigration Authorities to which SAA must adhere to.

Biometric Capturing at South African Ports of Entry

The Republic of South Africa is currently implementing the biometric capturing system at ports of entry. If you are a non-South African citizen, traveling through the ports of entry you will be expected to provide your fingerprints and photograph at the Immigration counter.

To view the biometric process, click here.

South African Embassies, Consulates, and High Commissions

Click here to view the official website list of South African embassies, consulates and high commissions.

Please note this list only represents those organisations with their own websites. For a complete listing of embassies and consulates representing South Africa abroad, click here.

Travel Requirements for Minors Travelling to and from South Africa Expanded Content

New requirements, introduced by the South African Department of Home Affairs from 1 June 2015, specify that all minors (children under 18 years) are required to produce, in addition to their passport, an Unabridged Birth Certificate which shows the details of both parents for all international travel to and from South Africa.

Further documentation may be required.

For full details please visit the Department of Home Affairs website.

Travellers will be asked to produce the required documentation at check-in for each flight.

Important contact information:

  1. The South African Department of Home Affairs,0800 60 11 90 (toll free from South Africa)
  2. Your local South African Embassy

School group exemption:

Special dispensation has been made regarding documentation required for children travelling via South Africa for minors accompanying school tours. Visit the Department of Home Affairs website for further details.


SAA’s role is to ensure the new Immigration Regulations are communicated and adhered to by its customers, however, SAA is in no way responsible for the Act and the new Immigration Regulations. SAA will ensure it communicates any new amendments to the regulations in a timely manner, however, SAA accepts no liability for any inaccuracies in the content.