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Southern African Visa Requirements

Visa applications and currencies for Southern African countries

 

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NB: Visa requirements change fairly regularly so it is advisable to check with your Consulate or Embassy or the resident customs inspector on the Chobe river

 

BOTSWANA

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Entry into Botswana is permitted for a maximum duration of 90 days

Visas are required by all foreign nationals excluding the following

Visas are NOT required for the following nationals:

Australia - Austria - Bahamas - Barbados - Beleze - Belgium - Brunei - Canada - Cyprus - Denmark - Finland - France - Gambia - Germany - Greece - Grenada - Guyana - Iceland - Italy - Jamaica - Japan - Kenya -Kiribati - Lesotho -Lichtenstein - Luxembourg - Malawi - Mauritius - Netherlands - Norway - Republic of Ireland - Samoa - San Merino - Sweden - Malaysia - Maldives - Malta - Mozambique - Namibia - Nauru - Netherlands - New Zealand - Norway - Portugal - Republic of Ireland - San Marino - Seychelles - Sierra Leone - Singapore - Solomon Islands - South Africa - Spain - St Vincent & Grenadines - Swaziland - Sweden - Switzerland - Tanzania - Tonga - Trinidad's Tobago - Tuvalu - Uganda - United Nations - United Kingdom- - United States of America - Uruguay - Vanuatu - Western Samca - Yugoslavia - Zambia - Zimbabwe.

(All Commonweath countries with the exception of Sri Lanka, Pakistan - India - Ghana and Nigeria.)

Visitors planning on staying longer than 90 days will need to apply for prior permission

Visas are obtainable from:
GABORONE:The Chief Immigration Officer, PO Box 942, Gaborone, Botswana. Telephone (+267) 361-1300

JOHANNESBURG: The Botswana Consulate. Telephone: (+27) 011- 4033748.

EUROPE: The Botswana Embassy, Avenue de Tervuren 169, 1150 Brussels, Belgium. Telephone: (+32) 02-7352070, Facsimile: 7356318.
Botswana diplomatic or consular missions or by British embassies or consulates in countries where there are no representations of Botswana.

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NAMIBIA

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Passports must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of intended departure from Namibia. Entry into Namibia is permitted for a maximum duration of 60 days

Visas are needed except for nationals from Angola, Austria, Belgium, Botswana, Canada, Germany, Luxembourg, France, Italy, Ireland, Japan, Liechtenstein, Mozambique, the Netherlands, the Nordic Countries, Russia, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, Spain, Portugal, South-Africa, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Zambia and Zimbabwe

Visas are obtainable from:
WINDHOEK:Department of Civic Affairs, P/Bag 13200, Windhoek, 9000 Telephone: (061) 2929111,

JOHANNESBURG: Namibian Embassy, 702 Church Street, Pretoria. Telephone: (+27) 012- 3445992
CAPE TOWN: Namibia Tourism Office, Standard Bank Centre, Heerengracht, Cape Town 8000. Telephone: (+27) 021-4193190

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SOUTH AFRICA

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Entry into South Africa is permitted for a maximum duration of 90 days for most nationalities.

South African visas are obtainable from:-
PRETORIA: Director General Home Affairs, Private Bag X114, Pretoria. Tel: (021) 3148911.
Diplomatic or consular missions abroad.

 

SOUTH AFRICAN RESIDENTS: South African citizens travelling on foreign passports do not need a departure permit from South Africa, however, they may only use their foreign passport to enter and depart from the country where their passport originates. They must now acquire and travel on a SA passport to any other country they visit otherwise, they need to be in possession of a letter of permission from the Minister of Home Affairs to travel on an alternate passport. Foreign passport holders who are permanent residents of SA (other than British & Irish) need a re-entry visa for SA

ZAMBIA

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VISAS & IMMIGRATION - Visas are required by all visitors except nationals from Antigua, Australia, Barbados, Belize, Bahamas, Botswana, Dominica, Fiji, Grenada, Ireland, Jamaica, Kiribati, Kenya, Lesotho, Malaysia, Malawi, Malta, Mauritius, Namibia, Nevis, New Zealand, St. Christopher, St Vincent , St. Lucia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Western Somoa, and Zimbabwe.

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MOCAMBIQUE

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All nationalities require a visa for Moçambique. Visa are issued at the border but it is safer to obtain them before departure from the Diplomatic representations of Moçambique in the following cities:
Addis Ababa, Bonn, Brussels, Cape Town, Dar-es-Salaam, Durban, Geneva,
Harare, Johannesburg, Lisbon, London, Lusaka, Mbabane, Moscow, Paris, Pretoria, Rome, Stockholm, New York, Washington DC.

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MOÇAMBIQUE CONSULATES IN SOUTH AFRICA:-

JOHANNESBURG: Moçambique Consulate Genral, 252 Jeppe Street, 7th Floor Cape York Building, Johannesburg 2001 Telephone: (011) 3361819/22, Fax: (011) 3360133

PRETORIA: Moçambique Consulate General, 199 Becket Street, Arcadia, Pretoria.
Telephone: (012) 3427840, Fax (012) 3437830

CAPE TOWN Moçambique Consulate, 45 Castle Street, 7th Floor, Cape Town 8001
Telephone: (021) 262944/5, Fax (021) 262946

DURBAN Moçambique National Tourist Office, 5th Floor, 320 West Street, Durban.
Telephone: (031) 3040200, Fax (031) 3051095
Requirements for visa applications (subject to change):-
· Passport (must be valid for 6 months after intended return
from Moçambique)
· 2 Passport photographs
· 2 Visa application forms

SWAZILAND

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Nationals of the following countries do not require visas:-
Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Botswana, Canada, Cyprus, Denmark, Eire, Finland, Gambia, Ghana, Granada, Guyana, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malawi, Malaysia, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Papua New Guinea, Portugal, Samoa, San Marino, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Sweden, Tanzania, Tonga, Trinidad, Tobago, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States, Zambia and Zimbabwe

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Visas are obtainable from: Chief Immigration Officer, P.O.Box 372, Mbabane, Swaziland.
Tel: (+268) 42941 / 2

 

Regional Currencies

 

BOTSWANA

The currency unit is the Botswana Pula (BWP). Travellers can exchange
their currency or South African Rands for BWP at Johannesburg International Airport, Gaborone airport and at Commercial Banks in Maun, Kasane or in South Africa. BWP may also be purchased at the Rennies and American Express Bureau de Change in South Africa. Banks are open Monday to Friday 08h15-12h45 and Saturdays 08h15-10h45. Credit cards (Visa, Mastercard) are only accepted in major towns. BWP are accepted in commercial banks in South Africa and Zimbabwe.

Visitors may import/ export a maximum of 5000 Pula in bank notes. Foreign currency may be imported and exported without restriction provided declared on arrival

NAMIBIA

The currency unit is the Namibian Dollar (NAD). Travellers can exchange their currency or South African Rands for Namibian Dollars on arrival at Windhoek International Airport or in commercial banks in Windhoek and Swakopmund. Banks are open Monday to Friday 09h00-15h30 and Saturdays 09h00-10h30. Credit cards (Visa, Mastercard) are accepted in major towns but not in rural areas.

Visitors may import/ export a maximum of NAD500 in bank notes.
Foreign currency may be imported and exported without restriction provided declared on arrival. The South African Rand is currently acceptable in Namibia

SOUTH AFRICA

The currency unit is the South African Rand (ZAR). Travellers can exchange their currency into ZAR on arrival at Johannesburg International Airport (located in International arrivals hall - open 24 hours) or in most commercial banks in the country. Banks are open Monday to Friday 09h00-15h30 and Saturdays 09h00-11h00. Credit cards (Visa, Mastercard) are widely accepted (except in rural areas).

Visitors can import and export their foreign currency without restriction provided declared upon arrival. When entering South Africa, S.A. bank notes in excess of ZAR500 will not be allowed unless you are in possession of the necessary permit.

ZAMBIA

The currency unit is the Zambian Kwacha (ZMK). Travellers can exchange their currency or South African Rands, Zimbabwe Dollars and Botswana Pulas for Zambian Kwachas at commercial banks in Zambia. Credit cards (Visa, Mastercard) are only accepted in major towns. United States Dollars (USD) in cash, are widely acceptable, and are considered the preferential form of payment in most areas of Zambia.

Visitors can import and export their foreign currency without restriction provided declared upon arrival. Visitors may import and export a maximum of ZMK100 in Zambian bank notes.

ZMK bank notes are not accepted by banks in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana or Namibia

ZIMBABWE

ZWD bank notes are not accepted by banks in South Africa, Botswana or Namibia. Most banks in Zimbabwe will not accept USD100 bank notes due to a large amount of counterfeit notes in circulation.

SPENDING MONEY

We suggest that you take along enough spending money for private expenses, souvenirs, tips to assistant guides, river guides and tour guides, drinks and the occasional meal or evening out. Allow the equivalent of +-USD10 - USD20 (ZAR50 - ZAR100) per day

MOCAMBIQUE

The currency unit is the Moçambique Metical (MZM). US Dollars and South African Rands are widely accepted. It is essential to carry cash in US Dollars or South African Rands in small denominations.
Credit cards and travellers cheques are not accepted. Banks are open Monday to Friday 08h00-11h00.

Visitors can import and export their foreign currency without restriction provided declared upon arrival. MZM bank notes are not accepted by banks outside of Moçambique.

 

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