I was banned to enter SA for one year after I overstayed by one day.

Do African countries share immigration data with European countries? And is there any need to disclose the ban on a UK visa application, when it has ended?

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Yes, your South African ban could harm your chances of getting a UK visa.

AFAIK African countries do not routinely share immigration data with European countries. However, when applying for a UK visa you are obligated to disclose all overstays and bans, no matter the reason, how long ago the overstay, or how long a ban was for. Deliberately not disclosing counts as deception, and would result in a lengthy ban if discovered.

Source: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/947434/Suitability-false-representations-v2.0ext.pdf

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