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There is something very exciting about packing your suitcase and going on a trip. The African continent has many extraordinary countries to visit, offering a myriad of culture, history, wildlife and beauty. But before you head off, be sure you have the right visa in order to enter the country and not be left behind.

The majority of visas in Africa can be obtained at the border; however, it is essential that you check the visa requirements of every country you will be visiting with the local embassy, consulate or a reputable visa handling company for the most up-to-date visa information before you travel. African countries are in a continual state of political flux and visa requirements can change overnight.

Botswana Visa Requirements

Most nationalities, including UK, USA, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand and South African passport holders, do not require a visa to visit Botswana for up to 30 days.

Kenya Visa Requirements

South African passport holders do not require a visa for Kenya. Most nationalities, including UK, USA, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand passport holders, require a visa to enter Kenya.

Madagascar Visa Requirements

All nationalities require an entry visa to visit Madagascar, which can be obtained upon arrival. A 30-day tourist visa is free of charge at the airport on arrival. You will be asked for evidence of onward or return travel on arrival in Madagascar.

Malawi Visa Requirements

As of 1 October 2015 passport holders of (but not limited to) UK, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand will be charged a visa fee at the border into Malawi. The cost is $50 for a seven-day transit visa and $75 for a 90-day single entry visa.

Mozambique Visa Requirements

South African passport holders do not require a visa for Mozambique. Most other nationalities, including UK, USA, Canada, New Zealand and Australia do require a visa. Tourists are usually able to get a single-entry visa valid for 30 days on arrival. However, there have been reports of visitors being refused this service and being turned back from border posts and airports. It is therefore highly recommend that you obtain your visa prior to travel, unless you do not have consular representation in your home country.

Namibia Visa Requirements

Most nationalities, including UK, USA, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand and South African passport holders, do not require a visa to visit Namibia for up to 90 days

Rwanda Visa Requirements

Most nationalities require a visa for Rwanda, including USA, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand and South African passport holders. In Rwanda, the visa-on-arrival system has been replaced by an online visa that you need to apply for three days before arriving.

South Africa Visa Requirements

Most nationalities, including UK, USA, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand passport holders, do not require a visa to visit South Africa for up to 90 days.

Travelling To Or Through South Africa With Children

Parents travelling with children into or out of South Africa, or transiting in South Africa will be asked to show the child’s unabridged (full) birth certificate, which lists the child’s details and both parents’ details. The abridged (short) birth certificate, which only lists the child’s details, won’t be accepted.

Uncertified copies of birth certificates or copies of the parents/guardians identification will not be accepted. A parental contact affidavit (PCA) must have a certified copy of the parent’s/guardian’s identification (i.e. passport) attached to it.

Where only one parent is accompanying a child, parental or legal consent for the child to travel (such as an affidavit from the other parent or – if applicable – a death certificate) is required and there are other requirements for children travelling unaccompanied or with adults who are not their parents.

If you are travelling with children (under 18) it is essential that you contact the South African High Commission or the South African Department of Home Affairs for further information relating to these regulations. If you do not carry the correct documentation you will not be allowed to enter the country.

Tanzania Visa Requirements

Most nationalities require a visa to enter Tanzania. UK, USA, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand and South African passport holders can get a visa, which is valid for three months, upon arrival or in advance from the Tanzania Embassy.

Uganda Visa Requirements

Most nationalities require a visa to enter Uganda. UK, USA, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand and South African passport holders can get a visa, which is valid for three months (or six months for a multiple-entry), upon arrival or in advance from an embassy.

Zambia Visa Requirements

South African passport holders do not require a visa to visit Zambia. Most nationalities, including UK, USA, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand passport holders, require a visa to enter Zambia, which can be obtained upon arrival.

Zimbabwe Visa Requirements

South African passport holders do not require a visa to visit Zimbabwe. Most nationalities, including UK, USA, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand passport holders, require a visa to enter Zimbabwe, which can be obtained upon arrival or in advance from an embassy. A joint Zimbabwe/Zambia UNIVISA system was introduced in December 2014. This allows you to enter both countries using this dual visa, which is valid for 30 days.

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Bewitched by the magic of France, Melissa Jane Cook is an intrepid explorer. A lover of traversing the globe, she eagerly absorbs different cultures and laps up the magnificent oceanic experiences. Wooed by words and writers alike, her penchant for facials, chocolate, owls and bugs, is surpassed only by her fascination with the stage aglow in lights or bookshelves that heave with stories, where characters invite her along on their marvellous journeys.

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