ID4Africa 2019


ID4Africa 2019 delegates who require a visa to enter South Africa (or additional visas for transiting through other countries), are advised to apply for a visa as early as possible to ensure your application is approved in time for your trip.

Please refer to the South African visa exemption list using the URL below:

The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) of South Africa, the host of this event, has granted free visa issuance for ID4Africa 2019 delegates. This only applies to applications made directly through a South African Embassy. For applications submitted through a travel agency, VFS or other 3rd Party agents, regular processing fees at varying rates will be applied.

If your country/city does not have a South African Embassy, please arrange for your application to be made at the nearest available embassy.

List of countries with or without South African Embassies


  • An official visa fee exemption letter issued by the DHA, South Africa
  • Your ID4Africa registration confirmation letter
  • Letter of invitation to the South African High Commission (issued by the DHA)
  • A completed visa application form (accessed from your nearest South African Embassy)
  • A Passport or Travel Document valid for at least 30 days from the date of entry into South Africa
  • At least 3 blank pages in your passport for entry/exit endorsements
  • A flight itinerary
  • Two color passport photographs (45mm (L) x 35mm (W))
  • Proof of accommodation in South Africa (Hotel booking)
  • An international Yellow Fever vaccination certificate (copy of front page and page with vaccination details) if your journey starts or entails passing through the yellow fever belt of Africa or South America.





To receive the letter of invitation to the South African High Commission from the DHA, please email us a copy of the traveler’s passport details (bio-data page) and the location of the embassy where you plan on making your application. Email this to Yilia Yu: , copied to Julia Li:



There is no Visa On Arrival facility available in South Africa.

For further information or assistance, please contact Yilia Yu: , and copy to Julia Li:



Routine Vaccine
Routine vaccines or booster shots are recommended for travelers to Johannesburg, South Africa. This includes vaccines for Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR), Tetanus, Varicella (Chickenpox) and Polio. Hepatitis A and Typhoid vaccines are also recommended.

When traveling in South Africa, you should avoid mosquito bites to prevent malaria. You may need to take prescription medicine to prevent malaria, depending on your travel plans and location, particularly if you plan on spending plenty of time outdoors or in more rural areas.

Yellow Fever
There is no risk of yellow fever in South Africa. The government of South Africa requires proof of yellow fever vaccination only if you are arriving from a country with risk of yellow fever. To see whether you may be required to take the yellow fever vaccine (i.e., if you are living in, or traveling from countries with an existing risk of yellow fever virus (YFV) transmission), please consult the following list:

Click Here to view the list.Delegates attending ID4Africa 2019 in Johannesburg are advised to consult with your doctor at least 6-8 weeks in advance of travel to determine what vaccines will be necessary based on your length of stay and travel activities. Seeing your doctor will also provide the opportunity to discuss important travel health tips to further ensure an enjoyable stay during your visit.

See more information on the CDC travel website.