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Are you planning a trip to South Africa?

Before you buy travel insurance for your trip to South Africa, there are a few things to consider:

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What is covered with travel insurance to South Africa?

As standard, our policies cover for over 50 sports and activities, so you can get up to more on your holiday. We also offer a range of benefits, some of which include:

We’d like you to have the best possible holiday experience, so we’ve put together some important information that you might want to know before your trip to South Africa.

Most common languages spokenEnglish and Afrikaans
CapitalCape Town (legislative)


Pretoria (administrative)

Bloemfontein (judicial)

PopulationApprox. 56 million
Plug typePlug type D, M and N
Driving sideLeft-hand side
SeasonsSpring – September to November


Summer – December to February

Autumn – March to May

Winter – June to August

LawsLocal laws and customs

How much is travel insurance to South Africa?

Travel insurance for South Africa needn’t be expensive. The exact cost will depend on several factors, including the type of trip you’re taking and how long you plan to stay. We offer a range of cover levels to suit your budget and your holiday. Think about the cost of your trip and the value of your luggage, and make sure you pick a policy that will fully cover you if anything happens.

What is the best travel insurance for South Africa?

Our Black level policies offer the highest level of insurance for travel to South Africa. Black level policies include unlimited medical expenses, up to £10,000 of cancellation cover, and no excess to pay. We also offer Gold, Silver and Budget levels of cover, so you can choose the South Africa travel insurance that best fits your trip.

Is travel insurance mandatory for South Africa?

Travel insurance isn’t mandatory for entry into South Africa. However, it’s always advisable to buy insurance when travelling abroad. Medical treatment can be expensive in South Africa, and travel insurance comes with other benefits. These include cover for your belongings and if you have to cancel or cut short your trip.

Do I need a visa for South Africa?

As a UK citizen you don’t need to apply for a visa for South Africa if you’re going as a tourist or for business reasons. You’re allowed to stay for a maximum of 90 days without a visa. If you’re looking to go for longer than that you’ll have to contact the South African embassy.

Can you help if I need medical treatment while in South Africa?

Yes – all our policies come with access to our 24-hour emergency assistance team, so there will always be someone here to help you if you become ill or are injured while abroad.

If you need emergency medical assistance just give our team a call any time, day or night.

Healthcare in South Africa

Public and private healthcare services are available in South Africa. Often doctors or hospitals will ask for immediate payment, so it’s important to make sure you have accessible funds and a travel insurance policy in place to cover potential medical treatments.

It’s also important to remember to speak to your GP at least four to six weeks prior to travel to check whether there are any vaccinations you may need.

You can find more information about healthcare in South Africa here.

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