Travel advice

Travel regulations are known to change without notice to the public. We recommend that you check the current regulations with the South African Consulate in your home country before you travel. A list of South African Consulates around the world can be found here.

Paperwork Needed to Enter South Africa

  • An acceptable passport or travel document valid 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.

Travelling with Children: Unabridged Birth Certificates

New regulations have recently been instituted regarding the need for visitors travelling with children to have in their possession various documentation pertaining to the child/children and these include an unabridged birth certificate. Full details can be found here.

Letters of Support for Visa Applications

The IAPCO 2016 Meeting Secretariat cannot issue visas to attend IAPCO 2016 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 electronically upon confirmation of registration and after full payment for registration fees and accommodation has been received.

Inoculations and Vaccinations

The only inoculation requirement for visitors is a yellow fever vaccination certificate for those entering South Africa within six days of leaving (or traveling 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. Babies of one year old or less are exempt. 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. The closest malaria and bilharzia regions are approximately 1600 kilometres from Cape Town. Please consult your local doctor / travel clinic for further advice.

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