If you’re planning a first visit to South Africa, here’s something to get you started…
Nigerian citizens visiting South Africa require a visa for entry. Visa fees vary based on the exchange rate and your location. At the time of this writing, applying from Lagos and Abuja cost the same, a total of N20,660 while applying from Port Harcourt costs N40,660. The VFS site contains up to date information regarding this.
Documents Needed for Entry
- Passport + Visa
- Yellow Card: A yellow card is as important as your passport. You would be asked for it everywhere; before you leave the country, at the immigration desk in SA.. you’ll even be asked to present when flying back home.
- Return or onward ticket
- Birth Certificate if you’re traveling with kids.
- Hotel Reservation: It is equally important to hold a valid hotel reservation. You may be refused entry if you don’t have this.
- I tend to take documents used to apply for the visa as well.
- The official currency is the South African rand.
- Travel with cash (R, $, € e.t.c)
- Travel with multiple cards, including a Visa card or a domiciliary MasterCard. My Naira MasterCard was completely useless while my sister’s own worked
If you’re traveling as a single lady, consider getting a ring that looks like an engagement or wedding ring. This tip doesn’t apply to South Africa alone but this was the first trip I found the most need for it.