PASSPORTS & VISAS IN SOUTHERN AFRICA
To travel to South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe or Namibia from the UK you will need a full UK passport.
- Your passport must be valid until at least 30 days beyond your return flight to the UK and have at least 2 blank pages when you present it at immigration to enter or leave South Africa. British citizens do not need visas for South Africa for intended stays of 90 days or less. Find out more
Travelling with children
New rules will apply from 1 June 2015 for parents travelling with children into or out of South Africa. A child’s unabridged (full) birth certificate may be asked to be presented, and where only one parent is accompanying, a parental or legal consent for the child to travel will also be required (e.g. an affidavit from the other parent, a court order or,if applicable, a death certificate). The FCO advise that you should travel with these documents in case you’re asked to provide them. There are further requirements for children travelling unaccompanied or with adults who are not their parents. For more information, contact the South African High Commission or the South African Department of Home Affairs.
- Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Botswana. British citizens do not need visas for Botswana for intended stays of 90 days or less. Find out more
- Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months and have 3 blank pages left in it to enable you to enter Zimbabwe and exit via one of the neighbouring countries. You will need a visa to visit Zimbabwe. You can get a visa from the Zimbabwean Embassy in London or on arrival in Zimbabwe. Find out more
- Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Namibia and have at least 1 completely blank page for Namibian immigration to use. British citizens do not need visas for Namibia for intended stays of 90 days or less. Find out more
If you are travelling around Southern Africa, you will need to make sure that you have the correct number of blank pages in your passport to meet the requirements of each country.
Holders of any non-British passport should check with their relevant embassy to find out about requirements before departing.
No sharp objects, including pen knives or nail clippers, scissors or files, must be taken into the plane cabin. All liquids may also be refused in cabin baggage, unless you can prove, with appropriate certification, that they are for essential use (please check your airline’s documentation for its specific policy on this). Such items will be confiscated unless they are in hold baggage.