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Interesting Facts about Southern Africa : Visa & Embassy Information

Facts & Travellers Information
Travel Writer: EcoTravel Africa  

Visa requirements can change with little or no notice.

The following information is a guideline only:

There are certain nationalities that require visas for the following countries:

Photographer: EcoTravel Africa 

:: Angola ::

:: Botswana :: Please note that Botswana visas take approximately 14-30 working days to issue depending on the nationality. When applying for a visa, the ORIGINAL passport has to be submitted.

Contact details for the Botswana Consulate in South Africa: Tel +27 11 4033748/9 Fax +27 11 4031384, e-mail:

:: Lesotho :: Certain nationalities require visas, departure permits and/or re-entry permits into South Africa. The following countries do not require a visa: Austria; Belgium; France; Germany; Hong Kong; Ireland; Israel; Italy; Netherlands; New Zealand; Portugal; San Marino; South Korea; Spain; Switzerland and USA.

Contact details for the Lesotho High Commission, in South Africa: Tel +27 12 467648. Fax +27 12 467649

:: Madagascar ::


:: Malawi :: Contact details for the Malawi Consulate General, in South Africa: Fax: +27 11 807 7790. Website: New Airport Departure Tax: International: US$ 30.00 and Domestic: MK 200.00

:: Mauritius ::


:: Mozambique :: The Mozambican government has advised that all persons travelling to the country are to obtain visas prior to their departure, as certain entry visas will not be issued upon arrival at any border post or airport.

South Africans and Mozambicans travelling between the two neighbouring countries no longer require an entry visa as from Monday April 18, 2005.

Contact details for the Mozambique Consulate General, in South Africa : Tel +27 11 3361819/1810, Fax +27 11 3369921 or Mozambique Consulate: Tel +27 21 4262944/5, Fax +27 21 4262946.

:: Namibia ::


:: Reunion ::


:: Seychelles ::


:: South Africa :: Please note that with immediate effect, anyone travelling to South Africa must have two consecutive blank pages in their passport which lie side by side when the passport is open (i.e. a left and a right hand page).

Passports must also be valid for at least six months after the date of travel. Passengers travelling to South Africa with passports which do not comply with these requirements, will either be stopped from boarding the aircraft or risk deportation upon arrival in South Africa. In addition, a parent travelling with children, WITHOUT the other parent, will need a letter of consent from the absent parent. The police must certify the letter of consent.

:: Swaziland ::


:: Zambia ::


:: Zimbabwe ::


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