Summary

South Africa has introduced new immigration rules.

From 1 June 2015, parents travelling with children (under 18) may be asked to show the child’s full birth certificate, and where only one parent is accompanying, proof of parental or legal authority to travel with the child. See Entry requirements.

From 26 May 2014, if you live in South Africa, you must have a valid residence permit in your passport when you enter and leave the country. Instead of fining those whose permits have expired, you may be blacklisted and prevented from applying for a visa to re-enter South Africa for a period from 12 months to 5 years.

There have been reports of localised disturbances and violence in Johannesburg, Durban and other parts of Kwa-Zulu Natal province. Monitor local media for more information and remain vigilant.

Due to the outbreak of the Ebola virus in west Africa the South African government has announced travel restrictions for people travelling to and from affected countries.

There has been an increase in strike action in South Africa and some demonstrations have turned violent. Follow developments in the local media and avoid all demonstrations, rallies and large public gatherings.

There is a very high level of crime, but the most violent crimes occur in townships and isolated areas away from the normal tourist destinations. See Safety and Security

There have been incidents involving foreigners being followed from OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg to their destinations by car and then robbed, often at gunpoint. Be vigilant in and around the airport and when driving away.

The standard of driving is variable and there are many fatal accidents. See Road travel

Most visits to South Africa are trouble-free.

There is an underlying threat from terrorism. See Terrorism

The Overseas Business Risk service offers information and advice for British companies operating overseas on how to manage political, economic, and business security-related risks.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.

Make sure you have at least 2 blank pages in your passport on arrival.