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The Republic of South Africa

Do I Need a Visa to Visit South Africa?

Canadian citizens using Canadian passports do not need a visa to enter South Africa for tourism or business stays under ninety (90) days.

Nationals of the following countries or groups do not need a visa:

Holders of passports of the following countries do not require to hold a visa in respect of purposes for which a visitor's permit may be issued for an intended stay of 90 days or less and when in transit:
Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Botswana, Brazil, CANADA, Chile, Czech, Denmark, Ecuador, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Paraguay (diplomatic and official passport holders are exempt for an up to 120 day stay), Portugal, Southern African Development Community (SADC) staff members who travel on SADC laissez passers for bona fide official business visits), San Marino, Singapore, Spain, St Vincent & the Grenadines, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, British Islands Bailiwick of Guernsey and Jersey, Isle of Man and Virgin Islands, Republic of Ireland, and British Overseas Territories, United Nations (UN) laissez passer holders (volunteers attached to UN agencies and travelling on ordinary passports as well, provided that they are in possession of the relevant letters or identification documents to identify themselves at ports of entry as personnel of an UN agency), USA, Uruguay, Venezuela.

Apply IN PERSON at the nearest South African consulate for the visa.

Travelers to South Africa are advised that they must seek visas directly from the South African High Commission or Consulate. All applicants must attend in person for their interview and review of documents and possible biometric scanning. Call first to make an appointment.

South African Consulate-General, Toronto
110 Sheppard Ave East, Suite 600
Toronto Ontario M2N 6Y8
Tel: 416-944 8825 Fax: 416-944-0925 also 416-944-0419

High Commission for the Republic of South Africa
15 Sussex Drive
Ottawa Ontario K1M 1M8
Tel: (613) 744-0330 (24h) Fax: (613) 741-1639

For more information about travel conditions, please visit the Foreign Affairs Web site.