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South Africa visa requirements for Canadian citizens

Do Canadian citizens need a visa for South Africa?

Canadian citizens do not need a tourist visa when travelling to South Africa in 2024. Canadian passport holders can stay in South Africa for a short period of time (for 90 days). Please, read all the information below to make your trip easy and safe.

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Updated: 04/16/2024.

Entry requirements

visa free

Duration of stay

90 days

Purpose of travel

Tourism

Passport validity for travel to South Africa

Passport must be valid for 30 days on leaving destination.

Is it safe to travel to South Africa?

South Africa has a current risk level of 3.40 (out of 5). We advise to use some caution when travelling to South Africa. The safety index is based on travel advisories from independent 7 sources.

Safety index is provided by www.travel-advisory.info: 04/15/2024.

South Africa customs rules

Duty-free allowance

Bringing alcohol

Restricted to travellers 18 years and over. All of the following:

  • 2 litres of wine;
  • 1 litre of any other alcohol.

Tobacco limit

Restricted to travellers 18 years and over. All of the following:

  • 200 cigarettes;
  • 20 cigars;
  • 250 grams of tobacco.

Cash limit

  • Funds of R25,000 and over must be declared.

Perfume

  • 50mL perfume; and
  • 250mL eau de toilette.

Other Goods

  • Personal goods, such as clothing and toiletries.
  • Other non-commercial goods not exceeding R5,000 in value.
  • Three months' worth of medicine for personal use, accompanied by a prescription.

Note: Passengers importing expensive items for their stay may be asked to leave a refundable deposit with the customs officers.

Find more information on the customs regulations of South Africa page.

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