South Africa: traveller’s customs guide

To help make your arrival in and departure from South Africa as smooth as possible, here's a quick guide to bringing goods in and out of the country.
Work permits

Working in South Africa: work permits

Do you wish to stay in South Africa temporarily to explore or take up a job offer, or to set up or run a business, or because you've been recruited or transferred to the country? Find information on work permit categories, requirements and application procedures, and get the answers to some frequently asked questions.

Visiting South Africa: visas

Want to visit South Africa? Here's information on the basic requirements for entering South Africa, as well as links to full information on visas - what they are, who needs them, and when, where and how to apply for them.
Consular services for foreigners

Consular services for foreigners

Interested in visiting South Africa - to see or to stay, for business or pleasure (or both)? Our offices abroad, your country's office in South Africa, as well as the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, can help you in a number of ways.
Immigration quick links

Immigration quick links

Check our link list for immigration application procedures, reception offices, contacts, advice, and support organisations.
Refugees and asylum seekers

Refugees and asylum seekers

South Africa, like all countries that are signatories to international and regional conventions and protocols on refugees, is obliged to offer protection to people who have fled persecution and instability to seek sanctuary within its borders.

Immigrating to South Africa

Considering immigrating to and settling in South Africa? Find out about immigration categories, requirements and application procedures, and get the answers to some frequently asked questions.

Studying in South Africa: study permits

Are you an international student considering enrolling at a South African educational institution? Find information on study permit requirements and application procedures, and get the answers to some frequently asked questions.
Constitutional Court flies the flag

Work permits: when, where & how to apply

No matter what the job offer, you won't be allowed to enter the country unless you are in possession of a valid work permit. So remember to apply for your work permit - and await the outcome of your application - before you depart for South Africa.
Joburg opens migrant helpdesk

Joburg opens migrant helpdesk

Johannesburg has opened a migrant helpdesk to provide legal migrants and asylum seekers with information on basic services such as housing, education and healthcare in the city.

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