Travel regulations are known to change without notice to the public. We recommend before you travel, to check the current regulations with the South African Consulate in your home country. A list of South African Consulates around the world can be found here
Paperwork Needed to Enter South Africa
- A valid and acceptable passport or travel document for your intended stay
- At least two blank page in your passport for endorsements
- A valid visa, if required
- Sufficient funds to pay for your day-to-day expenses during your stay
- A return or onward ticket
- Yellow fever certificates if your journey starts or entails passing through the yellow fever belt of Africa or South America.
Many visitors to South Africa require a visa in order to enter the country. You cannot apply for a visa upon arrival. If you will require a visa to visit South Africa, be sure to allow plenty of time for the application process before your departure date.
For more information regarding South African visa requirements please see here and for details on how to apply for a South African visa see here.
If you need to visit a South African consulate in your home country in order to apply for a visa, a list of consulates around the world can be found on the website of the South African Department of Foreign Affairs here.
Letters of Support for Visa Applications
The WFC2015 Secretariat cannot issue visas to attend the Congress but can issue a Visa Support Letter to assist with your visa application. Click here for information on how to request a Visa Support Letter. Please note that Visa Support Letters will only be issued upon confirmation of registration and after full payment for registration fees and accommodation has been received.
Inoculations and Vaccinations
Please note that a yellow fever inoculation certificate is required for entry into South Africa if you have travelled from or through a yellow fever zone. You cannot get an inoculation upon arrival and your inoculation certificate must be dated at least ten days prior to your arrival in South Africa. The South African Department of Health’s yellow fever policy can be viewed here . More information can be found on the website of the Western Cape Provincial Government here or the website of the US Department of State here .
Malaria is endemic in some parts of Mpumalanga, Northern Province, and northern KwaZulu-Natal and it is essential to take precautions if you intend to visit these areas. The bilharzia parasite is present in streams, rivers, lakes and dams in some of the northern and eastern parts of the country, and visitors should avoid contact with the water in these regions. There is no immunisation against bilharzia. Please consult your local doctor / travel clinic for further advice.
Statement on Ebola
With the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in West Africa, DAFF together with the FAO, will continue to monitor the situation leading up to WFC2015 and follow the guidelines as stipulated by the World Health Organization.
EVD is very rare and the likelihood of an outbreak in South Africa, Southern Africa, is very low due to the low transmissibility of the virus and the low volume of travel from affected areas to South Africa.
South Africa is Ebola-free and we do not expect any impact on WFC2015, however the South African Department of Health’s travel advisory is available here .