Getting There – South Africa

Philip Briggs
Expert
By Philip Briggs

Philip lives in South Africa and has authored many guidebooks to African destinations, including the Bradt and Insight guides to South Africa.

Philip lives in South Africa and has authored many Africa guidebooks, including the Bradt and Insight guides to South Africa.

Philip is the author of many Africa guidebooks, including the Bradt and Insight guides to South Africa.

Philip is the author of the Bradt and Insight guides to South Africa.

Travel Alert

Travel restrictions and additional entry requirements may apply for South Africa due to the coronavirus pandemic and if so, can change from day-to-day. Please visit our coronavirus page to stay informed about the latest developments.

Travel Alert

O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) in Johannesburg is the air transport hub of southern Africa. Onward, travel is mostly by car. Because of excellent roads and facilities in South Africa, some people choose the self-drive option. In most other cases, your local tour operator will arrange pick-up from the airport and further transportation as part of your tour package.

Other international airports are located in Cape Town and Durban, but few flights from Europe or America fly directly to either destination.

Flights & Airlines to South Africa

Please check Skyscanner, or for multiple-destination flights check Expedia, to see which airlines can take you to South-Africa and what tickets would cost.

Domestic Airlines & Flights in South Africa

There are regularly scheduled domestic flights throughout the country, and various chartered airlines fly to and from safari camps. Several domestic airlines fly to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (MQP), located near Kruger National Park and to Skukuza Airport inside the park. Federal Airlines has scheduled flights to several upmarket safari destinations.

Domestic flights can be booked with the following carriers:

Passport, Visa & Other Entry Requirements

Entry requirements can change, so please contact your local South African embassy to verify the information below is current.

  • A passport is required for all foreign visitors and has to be valid for at least six months
  • All foreign visitors will need to carry a return or onward ticket
  • Citizens from most countries do not require a visa and will get a 90-days entry permit on arrival
  • If you have minors traveling with you, accompanied by only one or no biological parents, additional documents may be required. Contact your local embassy or check on the official website for more information.

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