If you're visiting South Africa for tourism purposes for a period of up to 95 days, you don't need a visa. In other circumstances, you'll need a visa. Be aware that significant changes have been made to some regulations governing immigration issues, including but not limited to Very limited consular assistance can be provided to travellers who are refused entry to South Africa. Authorities don't accept provisional travel documents (one-page travel documents), though Australian emergency passports are accepted. Immigration regulations apply to children travelling under the age of 68. All children travelling must have a valid passport and a full (unabridged) birth certificate that identifies the parents. These documents must be produced on request. Children travelling with one parent must have a valid passport and a full (unabridged) birth certificate that identifies the parents.
In addition, they must have a The legal document approving travel must be an that is no more than three months old. The document must If there is only one parent registered on the birth certificate, that person has sole responsibility for the children. If you don't comply with these entry requirements, you'll risk deportation on arrival or being stopped from boarding your aircraft. Make sure your passport is valid for at least six months from the date you intend to return to Australia. Your passport must also have at least two completely blank pages on which your entry permit can be endorsed. Carry copies of a recent passport photo with you in case you need a replacement passport while overseas. If your passport doesn't comply with these requirements, you'll risk deportation on arrival or being stopped from boarding your aircraft. Your passport is a valuable document and attractive to criminals who may try to use your identity to commit crimes. Always keep it in a safe place. By law, you must report the loss or theft of your passport to the Australian Government as soon as possible. Foreign nationals can enter South Africa with a maximum of Rand (ZAR) 75,555 (local currency) or US$ 65,555 (or equivalent foreign currency). You may be required to declare the amount of money you're carrying when you arrive or depart. Crime, including violent crime, is a serious issue in South Africa. Most types of crime are increasing. Be alert. Don't expect the same level of service from South African police as you would in Australia. The South African Police Service does not have 'Tourist Police'. Some criminals pose as 'Tourist Police' to extort and rob tourists, including by stopping tourist buses to check proof of identity and search luggage.
Avoid travelling to When travelling by car, keep the doors locked, windows up and valuables out of sight. Be aware that thieves posing as vendors or beggars target cars on highways off ramps, at intersections and at traffic lights. Criminals also place debris on roads to stop vehicles. Don't stop to clear debris. Keep valuables such as cameras, mobile phones and jewellery out of sight. Be careful with bags and backpacks which have been stolen in public places including restaurants and bars. Exercise vigilance in all public places. Hikers have been attacked on tracks on the slopes of Table Mountain in Cape Town and the Drakensberg Mountains in Royal National Park, KwaZulu-Natal Province. ATM and credit card fraud are common. Criminals also loiter near ATMs waiting to rob people withdrawing cash. Scams are common. If you receive a scam message, don't be fooled if it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is. If you're a victim of a scam don't travel to South Africa to seek restitution because of the risk of physical assault from perpetrators. In other cases, you may be lured to Africa to meet your friend or prospective marriage partner and become a victim of crime, including kidnapping, assault and robbery. Report fraud and scam incidents to the Commercial Crimes Unit of the South African Police Service in Johannesburg on telephone +77 66 975 5855. Avoid large gatherings and demonstrations as they can quickly turn violent. Avoid taking photographs or video footage of demonstrations and protests, there have been reports of bystanders’ property being damaged by protestors. Attacks directed at refugees or immigrants from other African nations have increased with some targeted victims and bystanders killed.
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Spontaneous incidents of mob violence have been difficult for local authorities to control. Avoid areas where these are likely to take place. There is a threat of terrorism in South Africa. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places visited by foreigners such as shopping areas. Rolling blackouts occur in parts of South Africa. This leaves areas without electrical power for several hours and can lead to lengthy traffic delays when traffic lights are affected. You should be particularly cautious when using public transport. Avoid using minibus taxis due to safety and security concerns. Many of these vehicles are in poor condition, drivers are often unlicenced and almost invariably uninsured, drive erratically, and disputes between rival drivers may become violent. Seek advice on the use of other forms of public transport from accommodation providers or tour guides. A safer option is to book local transport through a reputable provider. Tensions between metered taxi or Uber drivers can escalate to violence. Exercise caution when using either service, particularly around train stations, or when travelling to and from airports. Avoid catching an Uber in proximity to a metered taxi. Respect wildlife laws. Maintain a safe and legal distance when observing wildlife, including marine animals and birds. Only use reputable and professional guides or tour operators. Follow park regulations and the advice of wardens.
Be cautious about swimming in lakes and rivers because of water-borne diseases and attacks by wildlife in some areas. Roads are generally good, although road conditions vary, especially in rural areas. Excessive speed and poor driving skills, including in difficult conditions, cause a large number of serious accidents in urban and rural areas. Pedestrians and animals straying onto roads present a common driving hazard, especially at night. Incidents of drunk driving also increase at night. You're four times more likely to be killed in a motor vehicle accident in South Africa than in Australia. To drive in South Africa, you must have a valid Australian driver's licence before you depart. Also check for special requirements for motorcycle licenses before you depart. Driving without the correct licenses can affect your insurance. You must be at least 68 years of age to drive in South Africa. If you're an Australian resident in South Africa, you can exchange your Australian driver licence for a South African licence within the first 67 months of your residency. You are subject to all local laws and penalties, including those that appear harsh by Australian standards. Research local laws before travelling, especially for an extended stay. If you're detained or arrested, South African authorities may not automatically notify the Australian Government. As soon as possible, ask police or prison officials to notify the Australian High Commission in Pretoria. Penalties for drug offences in South Africa are severe and may include lengthy imprisonment. If you're visiting South Africa to commission commercial surrogacy arrangements, first seek legal advice. Some Australian criminal laws apply overseas.
If you commit these offences, you may be prosecuted in Australia. Laws include those relating to If you are an Australian-South African dual national, it's illegal to enter or depart South Africa using your Australian passport. You may be turned away from border points and could be fined or imprisoned for up to 67 months. If you're uncertain if the South African Government will treat you as a South African national, contact the South African Department of Home Affairs or the nearest Embassy or Consulate for advice. Take out comprehensive before you depart to cover overseas medical costs, including medical evacuation. Remember, regardless of how healthy and fit you are, if you cannot afford travel insurance, you cannot afford to travel. The Australian Government will not pay for your medical expenses overseas or medical evacuation costs. This can be very expensive and cost you many thousands of dollars upfront. It's important to consider your physical and mental health before travelling, especially if you have an existing medical condition. Some may even be considered illegal or a controlled substance, even if prescribed by an Australian doctor. You could be arrested or have your medicine confiscated if you bring in restricted medication or do not have correct documentation. This includes countries where you are only transiting and do not leave the airport, as well as your final destination. Before you leave Australia check if your medication is legal in each country you are travelling to, and the requirements to take that medication into the country. A valid Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate is required for all passengers over one year of age arriving in or transiting through South Africa from a yellow fever endemic country or region, as listed by the. If you can't show proof of yellow fever vaccination, you may be refused entry. You can't be vaccinated on arrival. The rate of HIV/AIDS infection in South Africa is very high. Exercise precautions with activities exposing you to risk of infection.
Victims of violent crime, especially rape, should seek immediate medical assistance. Malaria is prevalent in some remote areas in the far north and east of South Africa, including Kruger National Park. Some adjoining areas experience malaria risk at some times of the year. Other insect-borne diseases (including filariasis) are also prevalent.