Visa requirements

It is the attendee’s responsibility to enquire about the visa requirements for South Africa and apply for a visa, if necessary. We recommend that you check current visa regulations with the South African Consulate in your home country before you travel. A list of South African Consulates around the world is provided below:


Please ensure you allow sufficient time to apply for your visa.  Processing time for a visa will also differ from country to country.   You can not apply for a visa on arrival.
Many nationalities are exempt from South African visas – A list of these countries are provided below:


Please note that these requirements differ from country to country and may change without notice. When applying for a visa to attend the conference you will apply for a visitor’s visa. If you do need to obtain a visa, requirements are provided below:


The International Air Transport Association Travel Centre is worth a visit as it features up to date information on all international and South African passport, visa and health regulations as well as information on customs, currency and airport information.


When registering for the conference you will be able to indicate whether you will require a letter of support for visa application . A letter will be sent to attendees upon receipt of payment of conference fees or on approval of the WEEF&GEDC 2020 Local Organising Committee. Letters of invitation will be e-mailed. (Please e-mail us at visa@weefgedc2020.org should you require an original letter)

Documents needed to enter South Africa

  • At least two blank pages in your passport for endorsements.
  • An acceptable passport or travel document valid for your intended stay.
  • A valid visa, if required.
  • Sufficient funds to pay for your day-to-day expenses during your stay.
  • A return or onward ticket.
  • Yellow fever certificates if your journey starts or passes through the yellow fever belt of Africa or South America.

Travelling with children

We strongly recommend you visit the South Africa Department of Home Affairs website for requirements when travelling to South Africa with minors (children under 18 years).


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