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The Republic of South Africa, a country located at the southern tip of Africa

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Moving to Republic of Ireland with a UK re-entry ban [closed]

The background is: I am a UK citizen and my wife is a South African citizen My wife has a ban from the UK for 12 months (due to an overstayed visa, mistakes were made on our end with the dates) I ...
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What are some easy / moderate day hikes in the Maloti-Drakensberg Park?

Looking for some information regarding suggested half day to day hikes in the Maloti-Drakensberg region, as most of the information I could find online regards longer multi day hikes or hikes with ...
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Visting the Cape Town area under the current water crisis

We were thinking of landing in and spending 4-5 days in the Cape Town area mid-April 2018. However, due to the water shortage and possible escalation during the next weeks / months, I'm thinking we ...
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Do I need a South African transit visa to go to Swaziland?

I am Rwandan and I want to go to Swaziland. Do I need a transit visa? I will only spend one hour in South Africa.
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What countries may be entered without visa by the holder of a South Africa refugee travel document?

What countries in the world may be entered without visa by a refugee carrying a South Africa travel document such as the one illustrated?
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Tipping in South Africa

In what situations and how much do you tip in South Africa? I have heard in restaurants between 10 to 20 percent if no service charge, and around five for service station and car parking attendants. ...
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What kind of food can I bring into South Africa on a flight from Europe?

I have done some research online but I found very little information and the official SARS website didn't help much. It seems like meat, fruit, animals, seeds and derivates are restricted. I plan on ...
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Do children stay free in hotels/accommodation in South Africa?

In general, in South Africa, do children under a certain age limit stay for free in accommodation? Specifically, would I have to pay for accommodation for a three year old if I bring a portable cot ...
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SANParks conservation fees - per calendar day, or 24-hour period?

This questions is specifically about Kruger, but I assume it applies to any other parks managed by SANParks. You have to pay a daily fee to enter Kruger (and other parks), as described here. My ...
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Will gate agents in London know if I'm “undesirable” before my stop-over in Johannesburg? [duplicate]

I was recently deemed "undesirable" in South Africa for overstaying my visa. I want to visit my South African fiance in Botswana but all of the affordable flights stop at OR Tambo. Will the gate ...
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How soon after leaving SA can I obtain a new tourist visa?

I was in South Africa for nearly 3 months on a 90 day tourist visa. I departed on November 1st. How long must I be abroad now before I can re-enter and obtain a new 90 day tourist visa?
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Crossing the border 3 times in 24 or 48 hours

I am planning on driving up Sani Pass (South Africa - Lesotho) in December 2017. Ideally, I would like to do two trips on two consecutive days. The concern is, that this would raise red flags and I ...
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South Africa - border hopping or overstay in order to extend 30 days entry permit [closed]

I’m facing the situation which forces me to extend my 30days entry permit either by going to Swaziland and returning to RSA or overstaying in RSA. I’m writing to enquire about your very recent ...
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How safe it is for a dog to go through Johannesburg Airport customs?

Need to ship pure breed dog from US to Johannesburg, SA. I've heard a lot about high level of luggage theft at Johannesburg airport. Does this also apply to animals being transported? If so, is there ...
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Proof of funds for UK Tier 4 student visa (South African)

I'm South African and my boyfriend is a British citizen. We initially applied for a tier 4 student visa but it was refused as we used my boyfriend's bank statements as proof of funds. (I can either ...
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Dealing with extremely dry air in Africa

Some years ago, I had an overnight stay in Sahara. I live in a very high humidity climate, so the extremely dry desert air was quite literally choking me, and sleeping was impossible. I only managed ...
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Information regarding visa appeal process [closed]

I applied for work visa for South Africa but it got rejected as one document was missing.So I applied for appeal in month of August and today I got call from Embassy to submit my passport to the visa ...
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I am a Zimbabwean and have stayed in South Africa for 60 days. How long do I have to exit the country before returning? [duplicate]

I have been doing a bunch of yachting courses here in South Africa and would like to know if I can exit and re-enter South Africa on the same day to get a new visa?
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Self-Driving at Kruger National Park: Are there rental car services in or near the park?

My family and I are ecstatic about our S. Africa trip next year. We are on a tour bus company (Expat Explore), and we have three free days at Kruger National Park (not nearly enough!). We have ...
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How active are the animals in Kruger National Park (S. Africa) in August? Season to see the Big Five (elephant, rhino, lion, leopard, & buffalo)?

I just booked a trip to South Africa with the purpose of viewing wildlife in Kruger National Park (a safari has always been my dream!!) for August of 2018. I know that animals are unpredictable, but I ...
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Can I use my South African passport that was previously lost

I sent my passport in to the DVLA in the UK in January and they lost it somehow, so I only got it back six months later. One week before I got my passport back I applied for a new one at the ...
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Border control missmarked my passport so it looks like I overstayed a day

My wife has been working in Swaziland for the last year and she's getting ready to come back to the US. She just found that her passport was mis-stamped on her last South Africa–Swaziland ...
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South Africa visitor visa

My daughter visited South Africa earlier this year for 3 weeks and was given a 90-day visitor visa. She has been home for 2 months but wants to go back to South Africa for the summer (approximately 2 ...
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Will this travel adapter that supports “more than 150 countries” work in South Africa?

I have an Insten Universal World Wide Travel Charger Adapter Plug that I've used in Europe a few times. I'm going to South Africa this summer (mainly staying in Johannesburg and Cape Town), and it hit ...
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Can I get a passport and visa if I have a felony 5 record?

I have a felony 5 on my record and want to get a passport and then a visa for South Africa. The criminal offense is in the United States and happened 5 years ago. Will I be eligible to get a passport ...
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Do safety warnings for avoiding crime in South Africa apply to off-the-beaten-track rural areas, as well as the cities?

Myself and my girlfriend are travelling in South Africa for three and a half weeks in June and have a car rented. I love visiting random places off the tourist route and get more of a kick travelling ...
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Can I still use my South Africa passport to travel to South Africa after becoming a New Zealand citizen?

I was born in South Africa then migrated to New Zealand. Before I obtained my NZ citizenship, we had to renew my South African Passport. At the moment I have a valid NZ passport (expires end of this ...
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Can I get a new full visa-free period in South Africa by border hopping the day before it expires?

I'm a UK citizen visiting South Africa on a 90-day visa-free visit. I understand that due to rule changes you must now leave the African continent before returning (don't necessarily need to return ...
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Stop over enroute to Johannesburg [closed]

I am traveling from Seattle to Johannesburg in September and would like to stop over somewhere for a few days to break up the 25 hour flight. Where would you stop and how can I book these flights ...
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Can I enter the Netherlands with a refugee travel document or do I need a visa?

I'm a refugee holding a travel document issued by South Africa, I'm Congolese from Democratic Republic of the Congo. I want to visit Amsterdam; do I need a visa ?
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How to tell how long a ban from South Africa for an overstay lasts?

My entire family was given a ban for overstaying in South Africa by 20 days, but it doesn't say anywhere on the papers we were given that it is for 12 months. Please advise how long the ban lasts.
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What is the fastest way of obtaining a tourist visa for Canada as an Australian resident?

I am a South African living in South Australia with my Australian partner on a defacto partner visa bridging A and B. We are going on a family holiday through the USA through to Canada and then onto ...
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How can I get into Lesotho when I'm banned from South Africa?

I'm banned from South Africa but I need to go back to my family in Lesotho, via OR Tambo airport, from Mauritius. Can I fly to South Africa on transit to Lesotho?
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Different surnames on passports of dual citizen [duplicate]

I am a 17-year-old and am traveling to Germany later this year from South Africa. My German passport and my South African passport have different surnames. Will there be any problems in my travels and,...
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Are cyclists allowed to use National roads in South Africa?

Can I cycle from Cape Town to Colesburg along the N1? South Africa's Arrive Alive site says that no cyclists are allowed on freeways, but is the (entire) N1 a freeway? Wikipedia says South African ...
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Do visa-free nationals get two entry stamps and one exit stamp at South African airports?

Looking online, it seems that, when entering south Africa at airports, visa-free nationals get two stamps on entry (the bottom stating the period and conditions of stay, and the top one stating the ...
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South Africa overstay with another citizenship's passport

I am a citizen of two different countries: Ghana and Brazil. I have passports from both of these countries. Each passport has the same information (name, date of birth, etc.) In 2010, while traveling ...
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How long do I need to stay out of South Africa after a 90 day stay, before returning? [duplicate]

I stayed in SA from Oct 4th to December 12th. What date can I return?
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As a dual Australia-South Africa citizen, can I return to South Africa on a passport that is about to expire?

I have to return to South Africa urgently for my father's memorial service. I hold dual nationality for South Africa and Australia. So I know that I need to exit Australia on my Australia passport and ...
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How much do I pay at Customs when exiting the USA after travelling there?

I am travelling from South Africa and going to work in the US for two months. I could not find any information on how much personal spending I am allowed to bring back or what the costs at Customs ...
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Is it possible while after having had a South African general work permit, to still enter visa-free for tourism?

Here is my situation. I am a Belgian national and I will be working in South Africa for 2 years on a 24 month general work permit. I will be starting in November 2016 and finishing by the end of ...
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How to book car hire online for South Africa with permission to drive through Lesotho / Swaziland included?

I gather that different South Africa car rental companies have different policies on taking vehicles out of the country, and that most allow it for Lesotho and Swaziland but need to give a letter ...
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Camping Equipment for Kruger

I'll be spending a couple of weeks with my girlfriend in the Kruger National Park in South Africa from Friday, a combination of camping and the cheapest huts. We have most of the equipment we need but ...
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Leaving Namibia only a couple hours after the visa expired

I have a visa for Namibia until the 18th of December. I would like to take a bus from Windhoek to Capetown that leaves Windhoek on December 18th in the afternoon. It would get me to the NAM/SA-border ...
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How can one travel to South Africa after previously having been banned for an overstay, after the ban has expired?

My sister overstayed for almost a month in South Africa last year in August 2015 and she was banned for a year. Will she be able to go back to SA when she needs to or is there any regulations she ...
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Where to exchange money [duplicate]

I am traveling to Europe for two weeks from South Africa and the exchange rate is really not in my favour. Where is the best place to exchange? In South Africa or when I arrive in France?
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Immunizations needed for travel to South Africa

I am traveling to South Africa from the US in October, 2016 and have seen various conflicting info on what immunizations are needed. Can someone clarify what is needed?
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If I leave South Africa to visit a neighboring country, will I get a fresh 90 day stay upon coming back? [duplicate]

I am a South African returning to live the country after having lived in the UK for the past 15 years. I returned on a UK passport (on a 90 day tourist visa) hoping to re-apply for my South African ...
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One Ticket, Two Locations & Two Luggage Delivery Location

I am travelling to South Africa transiting via Nairobi before returning to Nairobi after a week, Can the airline hold/keep my luggage for me in Nairobi till I return to Nairobi
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How long do appeals on South African overstay bans usually take to process?

I was recently deemed an undesirable person by South African home affairs as I left the country a day after my visa had expired. They told me I am banned for 12 months. I plan on appealing this ...