Most people entering South Africa will require a visa. Citizens of visa-exempt countries such as the UK, Canada and the US, among others, are allowed to remain in the country for up to 90 days for tourism or business purposes.
Those not from a visa-exempt country, as well as those planning to stay in South Africa for a longer period with the intention of studying, volunteering or working, need to apply for a visa at their nearest South African embassy before travelling.
Immigration regulations in South Africa have been known to change rapidly, often without warning. Anyone planning a move is advised to keep an eye on the latest updates from the South African embassy or consulate in their home country.
Despite some improvements to the system, South African immigration processes are notoriously slow, and regulations are often open to interpretation. Because applications are not points-based, but rather assessed on a case-by-case basis, it is increasingly difficult to navigate the application process. Expats may wish to consult a registered immigration practitioner familiar with the latest local developments.