Swaziland visa requirements for South Africans

Travel and visa requirements

Swazi Visa is not required for South Africans

Stay Duration: 30 days

Entry Requirements

  • Swaziland tourist visa is not required for citizens of South Africa for a stay up to 30 days.
  • Visitors are required to possess passports valid for the duration of stay.
  • South Africans are also required to leave at least two pages of their passports blank for entry stamps.
  • A certificate of Yellow Fever Vaccination is to be submitted by visitors on entry into Swaziland.
  • Swaziland is also called the kingdom of Eswatini and popularly called “Eswatini”.
  • Public transportation in Swaziland is not easily accessible for persons with disabilities as the government has not provided any means of alternative accessible transport.
  • Public Transport made within Eswatini is mostly through public buses and cars and car ownership is limited in the country.
  • Traffic accidents are common in Swaziland than crime visitors are advised to exercise caution when driving.
  • The Eswatini’s currency, the Lilangeni, is pegged to the South African rand. 
  • Swaziland currently uses the South African Standard time (GMT +2), hence, there is no time difference between South Africa and the country.
  • Swazi and English are the country’s official languages, although, Swazi is popularly spoken by the local indigenes.
  • The climate of Eswatini varies from tropical to near temperate.
  • In Swaziland, the power plugs and sockets are of type M. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.
  • Swaziland is known by tourists for its abundance of game reserves, mountains, safari lounges and gardens.
  • The country is also full of arts, wildlife and natural arts such as rock arts and huts.
  • About 80% of the Swaziland population practice Christianity, 20% practice Islam while 3.0% practice the traditional Swazi religion.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Swaziland have a festival to look forward to?

Umhlanga, the festival of virgins is the popularly known festival that attracts tourists from different parts of the world usually observed annually between August and September. This is also when the king chooses a new wife.

Are there medical centres in Swaziland?

Medical facilities are limited throughout Eswatini and emergency medical response capabilities are almost non-existent.


How do one say hello in Swaziland?

SiSwati can be quite a complicated language but, even if you don't get any further than a simple hello(or, literally “I see you”), the locals will appreciate you trying to make the effort. If you're saying hello to more than one person, you'll need to use the plural “sanibonani".

Can I extend my stay in Swaziland?

It is possible to extend the intended visit up to no more than 60 days, however, the total period of stay may not exceed 90 days.