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Living in South Africa guide

Find out all you need to know to relocate and live in South Africa with the expat guide

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Generalities

General information

Formalities

Visas, passports and entry requirements
  • Foreign nationals coming from some countries need a visa to travel to South Africa depending on the duration of their stay.

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  • You are required to inquire on entry requirements beforehand if you intend to travel to South Africa. Procedures can be quite strict.

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Visas

Work visas, work permits, working holiday visas and residence permits
  • Nationals of some countries are exempted from the visa requirement when making a short stay, that is a maximum of 3 months stay, in South Africa.

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  • Before moving to South Africa, you are advised to inquire on the different visas which are available and to apply for the most appropriate one.

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Work

Labour market, how to find a job
  • Want to become a digital nomad in South Africa? The digital nomad's guide to South Africa will help you make the most of your nomadic life abroad.

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  • Though unemployment is quite high, there are opportunities for expats in South Africa's economy, which is based on the primary and tertiary sectors.

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  • An internship in South Africa will allow you to discover both a thriving African economy and the country's interesting culture.

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  • Like most major South Africa cities, Cape Town is also quite open to foreign expertise in several fields such as finance, insurance, real estate, etc.

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  • Located in the province of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban is the 3rd most prosperous South African city, providing many opportunities to foreign professionals.

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Accommodation

How to rent a house or an apartment, leases and rental agreements
  • Durban is a young and dynamic city that attracts many expatriates, providing not only various opportunities but also a range of accommodation.

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  • Cape Town is a popular tourist destination, however it also offer a range of accommodation for those looking to make a more permanent move.

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  • Pretoria is home to the countries government and two popular universities, creating a busy and diverse city with a range of accommodation available.

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  • South Africa has a rather developed real estate market, providing both short-term and long-term accommodation to foreign nationals moving there.

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  • Johannesburg provides not only various professional opportunities to expatriates but also a range of accommodation and a pleasant lifestyle.

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Study

Student visa, University registration
  • South Africa host several prestigious universities, most of which are deemed to be the best in whole Africa, that welcome many foreign students every year.

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Health care

Public and private health systems
  • Foreign nationals living in South Africa have easy access to healthcare services, however it is recommended that expats invest in health insurance.

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  • South Africa's health care system is divided into two sections: the public sector which is accessible to the mainstream and the private sector.

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Bank

Open and manage a bank account

Tax

Tax system, income tax
  • Once you have settled in South Africa, regardless of the purpose of your stay, you will have to pay different types of taxes, including income tax.

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  • Expatriates having settled in South Africa have to pay tax, no matter where their earnings come from. Different types of taxes apply.

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  • You can now move your UK pension offshore, giving tax advantages, greater potential for growth, and flexibility.

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Transports

Train, bus, plane, car rental
  • Being the most developed African country, South Africa hosts a very developed transport network, including buses, trains, taxis, airplanes, etc.

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  • South Africa has a well-developed transport infrastructure including air, rail and road networks. Thus, various means of transport are available there.

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  • Buying a car in South Africa will require you to be prepared, patient, and willing to fill out some paperwork.

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Driver's licence

Driving requirements
  • If you wish to drive in South Africa, you can drive with an international licence, or (in most instances) the licence of your country of origin.

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  • You will need an international driver's license to rent or drive a car in South Africa. Driver's licenses issued in some countries are recognized there.

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Removal

moving, formalities and useful tips
  • Relocating to South Africa requires appropriate planning. You should look to hire an international mover who will take care of moving your belongings.

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Communications

Phone line, internet provider, post office
  • As the most developed African country, South Africa has a modern telecommunications network including several service providers.

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  • South Africa has one of the largest telecommunications market on the African continent including phone networks and high-speed internet.

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Leisure

Sports, leisure and cultural activities
  • By moving to South Africa, rest assured that you are not likely to get bored during your free time thanks to several leisure activities: sports, trekking..

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  • Apart from being a modern and developed country, South Africa is also a land to discover through various leisure activities for all tastes.

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  • Despite being a continuously developing country, South Africa holds a deep cultural and historical heritage that you can discover during your stay.

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  • Besides vaccination and implantation of an identification microchip, your pet will also require an import authorisation to travel with you to South Africa.

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  • The South African lifestyle is described as a 'Rainbow Nation' involving a mixture of several different cultures and traditions.

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  • If you wish to travel to South Africa with your pet, you will have to obtain all necessary permits beforehand and get it vaccinated.

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