Passport, Visa & Entry Requirements

Package: Highlights of Southern Africa

Visa Required: For Zimbabwe, U.S. citizens must have a visa for entry. Zimbabwe visas will be granted upon arrival. See below for more information.

Information by Destination

South Africa

Your passport must be valid at least 6 months after your return date from South Africa.

U.S. citizens do not need a visa to enter South Africa. However, all visitors are required to have two consecutive blank passport pages for each entry into South Africa. Note that some of our packages include multiple entries into South Africa. You may be denied entry if your passport does not have enough blank pages.

If you do not hold a U.S. passport, please see the entry requirements.

For travelers arriving from a yellow fever endemic country, South Africa requires proof of yellow fever vaccination upon entry. (This does not apply to most of our travelers, including anybody arriving from the U.S. or Canada.) Learn more.

Zimbabwe

Your passport must be valid at least 6 months after your date of entry to Zimbabwe.

A visa is needed for U.S. passport holders to enter Zimbabwe, which can be obtained online or upon arrival; getting it upon arrival is generally much easier. The cost is $30 USD for a single-entry visa or $45 USD for a double-entry. Though it may be possible to pay with credit card, we strongly suggest you carry this exact amount in cash. You should have two consecutive blank pages in your passport for entry into Zimbabwe. Please also carry a copy of the e-ticket for your return flight, in case this is requested. Some of our packages offer an excursion from Zimbabwe to Chobe in Botswana. If you are taking this, obtain a double-entry Zimbabwe visa and be sure to have an additional blank passport page for entry into Botswana. For more information, please check with the Zimbabwe Embassy or Consulate or the U.S. State Dept.

If you do not hold a U.S. passport, please see the entry requirements.

For travelers arriving from a yellow fever endemic country, Zimbabwe requires proof of yellow fever vaccination upon entry. (This does not apply to most of our travelers, including anybody arriving from the U.S., Canada or South Africa).

Botswana

Your passport must be valid for at least 90 days after your return date, though we strongly recommend at least six months.

U.S. passport holders do not need a visa to enter Botswana for stays up to 90 days. Passports must have at least one blank passport page. See the U.S. Dept. of State website for more information.

If you do not hold a U.S. passport, please see the entry requirements.

For travelers arriving from a yellow fever endemic country, Botswana requires proof of yellow fever vaccination upon entry. (This does not apply to most of our travelers, including anybody arriving from the U.S., Canada or South Africa).

General Requirements & Guidelines

Expedited Visa Service

Need to obtain your own visas? Though it is possible to obtain a visa directly from an embassy or consulate, we generally recommend using a fee-based visa service, such as our preferred provider, VisaHQ. Here's why:

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