British nationals visiting South Africa on holiday for less than 90 days do not require visas.  After entry, extensions of stay may be sought from the Department of Home Affairs.  If you have overstayed without authority you may be required to pay a fine, either on exit or at the nearest South African mission on your return to the UK (or elsewhere).  Re-entry to South Africa will not be permitted until the fine has been paid in full.  However, serious over stayers may be arrested on departure and detained before appearing in court.  In such cases you may face a very substantial fine and then be deported at your own expense.

Passport validity

Your passports must also be valid for no less than 30 days after the end of your intended visit.   South Africa authorities state officially that only one blank passport page is required for entry.  However, visitors have been refused entry and sent back to the UK as some officials are insisting on two blank pages.  We advise that you have two blank pages in your passport on arrival.

Travelling with children

Single parents or other adults travelling alone with children should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country.

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