Does A British Citizen Need A Visa To Go To South Africa?
If you are planning to stay in South Africa for less than 90 days, British citizens do not need a visa, but you do need to have a valid passport that has a minimum of six months still left on it. This is not just a South African demand but is a criterion requested by many countries, so don’t be caught out by it even though it seems unfair having to pay for a ten year passport only to get nine and a half years out of it.
If you want to work or study in South Africa, or to stay for longer than the 90 days you are allowed, then you will need to get an appropriate visa. You will be able to find all the details that you need on this site, but be warned, it is not as easy to navigate this site as it is the sites of other Embassies: southafrica.embassyhomepage.com
If you do need a visa because of any of the above reasons, then make sure that you give yourself plenty of time to gather together the relevant documents and for the application to be completed and processed because you will need to have it at the time of your departure, or quite simply, they will not let you in.
Generally, the documents that you will need for a visa are the fully completed application form; two passport photographs; a valid passport and a copy; your original valid resident visa (if applicable); a confirmation letter from your health insurance company stating the coverage, and a copy; proof of your hotel accommodation or flight reservation and a copy; a current bank statement and a copy; a letter of reference from your employer or educational establishment; and your visa fees.