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Visas

Visas allow you to proceed to and cross borders between countries.

Visa requirements vary depending on your nationality and the countries through which you travel. While it is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct documentation, we can advise you about up-to-date visa requirements.

Here are a few things to consider which may also affect your travel:

  • You will need at least six months validity in your passport from your return date to re-enter Australia.
  • African border guards love to stamp passports so make sure that you have plenty of empty pages in your passport if you are travelling through several countries.
  • Always provide us with your name as it appears in your passport when booking, especially if we are booking flights.
  • In most cases it is easy to obtain visas at borders in Africa and it's usually much cheaper. You will need to pay for them in American dollars so make sure you have plenty of good quality US notes printed from 2006 - faded or tatty notes may not be accepted.

Below are current visa requirements for the most popular African countries.

    Africa visa information for Australian passport holders

    Country Visa req'd? On arrival Visa type  Information Pretravel Application
    Botswana
    N
      Visa not required for stays of up to 90 days.  
    Kenya
    Y
    Y
     Single entry   Visa  issued on arrival or prior to departure. Aust prior to departure. Maximum Stay 3 months - 90 days Download application form
    Kenya
    Y
    N
     Multiple entry  Valid for 3 months   
    Malawi
    N
      No visa required for Australian passport holders.  
    Mozambique
    Y
    Y
      Visa required - no represenetative in Australia. Issued on arrival in Mozambique.  
    Namibia
    N
      Visa not required for stays of up to 90 days.   
    South Africa
    N
      Visa not required for stays of up to 90 days.   
    Tanzania
    Y
    Y
     Single entry only  Visa  issued on arrival or prior from consulates in Melbourne and Perth. Download application form
    Uganda
    Y
    Y
      The visa can be obtained on the border and costs $30.00 or prior for $150AUD Visa Required 30 days maximum Fee for visa $150.00AUD Download application form
    Zambia
    Y
    Y
     Single entry   Visa issued on arrival for stays of up to 90 days in a 1 year period   
    Zambia
    Y
    Y
     Multiple entry  Visa issued on arrival for stays of up to 90 days in a 1 year period   
     
      For those on a prearranged tour with a Zambian tour operator visas are free.   
    Zimbabwe
    Y
    Y
     Single entry   Valid for 6 months and can be obtained at the border or prior Visa Required $80.00AUD fee application through the embassy in Canberra
    Zimbabwe
    Y
    Y
     Double entry  Valid for 6 months and can be obtained at the border or prior Visa Required $100.00AUD fee application through the embassy in Canberra
    Zimbabwe
    Y
    N
     Multiple entry  Avaialble through the embassy in Canberra only Visa Required $120.00AUD fee application through the embassy in Canberra

    This information was compiled on 1 Jan 2011 and to the best of our knowledge the information is correct. However the information is only meant to be used as a guide and the user should check with the consulate for each country for current and accurate advice. We except no responsibility if the user is inconvenienced during their travels as a result from information provided in this guide. 

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