Visa/Passport Information – Southern Africa Region
All visa and travel information can be obtained from the United States State Department website: www.travel.state.gov
Please thoroughly review the document requirements for each country you will be visiting and allow plenty of time to obtain your passport and required visas. Also, be sure your passport is valid for six months after your return date and has sufficient blank pages for each country’s immigration stamps and visas requirements (some countries such as South Africa require at least 2 blank pages; these do not include the “Amendments and Endorsements” pages at the back of US passports).
Note: With the current backlog at the U.S. Passport Agency, allow at least 4 months to get or renew a passport or to get additional pages. If you need your passport sooner, consider hiring an expedite company such as Passport Visas Express.
BOTSWANA- *Valid passport and return/onward ticket are required. U.S. passport holders are not required to hold a visa in respect of purpose of which a visitor’s permit may be issued for an intended stay of 90 days and when in transit. For additional information, consult the Embassy of the Republic of Botswana, 1531-3 New Hampshire Ave., NW, Washington, D.C. 20036 (202/244-4990) Internet: www.botswanaembassy.org/
MOZAMBIQUE- Valid passport and visa required. It is recommended that travelers acquire the appropriate visa prior to departing for Mozambique, although a one-entry visa can be obtained at country points of entry, including airports. If obtained in advance, a single entry visa is $20 (processing takes 10 days; if you request faster processing, the fee runs between $40 – $70). If you purchase your visa upon arrival, the fee is USD $25 (subject to change). The passports of all travelers who wish to enter Mozambique must be valid for six months upon arrival and must contain at least three clean (unstamped) visa pages each time entry is sought. The Mozambican Embassy and Consulates in South Africa charge up to five times the amount charged in the U.S. or at border crossing points for a tourist visa to Mozambique. Additional information on entry requirements may be obtained from the Embassy of the Republic of Mozambique, 1525 New Hampshire Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20036, telephone (202) 293-7146 ext. 230 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or online at www.embamoc-usa.org.
NAMIBIA- *Valid passport and return/onward ticket are required. U.S. passport holders are not required to hold a visa in respect of purpose of which a visitor’s permit may be issued for an intended stay of 90 days and when in transit. For additional information, consult the Embassy of the Republic of Namibia, 1605 New Hampshire Ave., NW, Washington, D.C. 20009 (202/986-0540) Internet: www.namibianembassyusa.org/
SOUTH AFRICA- *Valid passport and return/onward ticket are required. U.S passport holders are not required to hold a visa in respect of purpose of which a visitor’s permit may be issued for an intended stay of 90 days and when in transit. IMPORTANT: Foreigners intending to visit South Africa are informed that their passports must have at least two consecutive blank visa pages for the purpose of endorsement. The blank pages needed for endorsement purposes excludes pages in a passport reserved for observations and amendments. For additional information, consult the Consular of South Africa, 4301 Connecticut Ave, Van Ness Building Suite 220, Washington, DC 20008 (202/274-7991). Internet: www.southafrica-newyork.net/homeaffairs/index.htm
ZAMBIA– *Valid passport and visa required. A visa may be obtained in advance at a Zambian Embassy or Consulate or at the port of entry. Currently, the price is $50 for single entry, $80 for double entry, and $20 for day trips to Zimbabwe (subject to change). American citizens should bring exact change, whenever practical. At the time of entry, the immigration officer will stamp your passport with the permitted length of stay. This is normally 30 days and can ordinarily be extended twice (for a total time of 90 days) by visiting the immigration home office in Lusaka. All Americans, except resident diplomats, must pay an airport departure tax which is collected in U.S. dollars. Airlines include this tax in the cost of the ticket. However, passengers will need to verify that this tax has been paid at the airport. The passenger will receive a “no-fee” receipt reflecting this payment.
Zambian Immigration officials insist visitors carry the original or a certified copy of their passport and their immigration permit at all times. Certified copies must be obtained from the immigration office that issued the permit. American citizens should closely follow immigration guidelines, including visa requirements for travel to Zambia.
Additional information on entry requirements may be obtained from the Embassy of the Republic of Zambia, 2419 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008, telephone (202) 265-9717 or 19 or online at http://www.zambiaembassy.org.
ZIMBABWE- *Valid passport, return/onward ticket and visa required. Thus US government recommends that visas should be obtained in advance. To obtain a visa in advance, 2 application forms, 2 photos, and a $60 fee (money order or bank draft only) are required. Double-entry visas require payment of a $75 fee. For additional information: Embassy of Zimbabwe. 1608 New Hampshire Ave., NW, Washington, D.C. 20009. (202-332-7100). Internet: www.zimbabwe-embassy.us/subpage1.html. Visas can be obtained at the borders and airport for US$30 (single entry or $45 double entry – cash). Please contact us for more information.
For assistance with obtaining passports and visas, contact: www.PassportVisasExpress.com