Visa Information

Passports and Visas

Every visitor to South Africa must have a valid passport. The passport must have at least TWO blank facing pages in it and be valid for at least 6 months after your intended date of departure, otherwise entry may be denied.

Passport holders from more than 80 countries, including USA, Canada, UK, Japan and the EU can visit South Africa without a visa. Please note that as an effort to reduce child trafficking, the South African Government has requested that children under the age of 18 need to travel with an unabridged birth certificate.


The latest information regarding visa requirements and procedures can be obtained at You may also consult your travel agent or the South African diplomatic or consular representative in your area. Visas cannot be obtained on arrival at the airport.

Delegates requiring a visa, and those intending to take tours to neighbouring Southern African countries, are advised to secure a multiple entry visa. Tourists must satisfy immigration officers that they have the means of support for the duration of their stay in the country and return/onward tickets.

Invitation letters

If required, upon request, the Congress Secretariat will issue delegates a letter of invitation in order to raise travel funds or to obtain a visa. Please note that only registered delegates who have paid their Congress registration fees will be issued with a letter of invitation. Such letters do not represent any commitment on the part of the organizers to provide any financial support.