South Africa travel insurance

Get travel insurance for trips to South Africa

Travel insurance for South Africa  

If you’re going to South Africa you need worldwide travel insurance to cover your trip, but most importantly, your medical expenses.          

If you plan to make more than one trip abroad over the next year, annual travel insurance cover could be the most cost-effective option. Annual travel insurance cover will auto-renew after 12 months, so remember to cancel it if you no longer need it.  

A worldwide single-trip policy will probably work out cheaper if you’re only going to South Africa this year. 


There’s a mixture of private and public hospitals in South Africa, but you’ll need to pay for any treatment and medicine you receive. Healthcare can become very expensive if you’re taken ill or you’re injured and need medical assistance. 

Have a hard copy of all your travel insurance documents to hand, plus the funds to pay immediately if you need to. 

Travel insurance for South Africa

Do I need a visa to visit South Africa? 

For visits of up to 90 days, you don’t need a visa. 

There are rules around documentation for minors, so if you’re travelling with children, make sure you read the guidance from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Vaccinations for South Africa 

There are several vaccines and boosters you should get before travelling to South Africa. For an up-to-date list, see the NHS Fit for Travel website. Speak to your doctor and arrange vaccinations six to eight weeks before you travel.

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