It’s important to make sure you’re up to date on the visa requirements of your country of travel before setting your plans in stone as these rules may change according to government policies and regulations. Mozambique, for example, has recently revised its requirements: it’s now possible for international travellers to secure a visa upon arrival at some ports of entry.
Also, the fee charged to secure a visa may also change, which could run into the thousands for South African passport holders.
Here is a breakdown of the costs of visas for popular countries that South Africans travel to.
Schengen short-term visa
The Schengen visa allows you to travel through the European Union, to the 26 Schengen countries. These include Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, Norway and Switzerland. It excludes Ireland and the UK. A Schengen visa costs about R850 for an adult and R495 for children between 6 and 11 years old, and is valid for up to 90 days over a period of 6 months.
American tourist visa
This visa costs about R2 240. A tourist visa to the United States can be issued for between 1 and 10 years where multiple trips to the country of up to 6 months each are permitted.
Thailand tourist visa
A tourist visa to Thailand for a single entry costs about R500.
British tourist visa
A standard UK visitor visa valid for up to six months costs about R1 602.
United Arab Emirates
You will pay R193 for a 96-hour tourist visa, while a short-term tourist visa valid for 30 days costs R705.
These are approximate costs, are subject to change and are for information purposes only.