Foreign travel advice

South Africa

Local laws and customs

Always carry your identity documentation or a copy of your passport. You’ll need to be able to produce valid identification on request by South African officials.

Drug-taking and smuggling is an offence.

It’s illegal to buy, sell, kill or capture any protected wild animal or trade any of its parts without a permit. South Africa is a signatory to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) under which there’s a ban on the international commercial trade in ivory and rhino horn. Anyone caught buying or trafficking banned goods will be prosecuted and receive prison sentences and/or fines.

Homosexuality is legal, and the South African authorities have introduced legislation which bans any discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.