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SA passport expiry to enter SA?

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Does anyone know if a minimum passport validity applies to SA passport holders entering SA? Or is it ok as long as it’s unexpired? (I do know we would need to check transit requirements too)

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No, the minimum validity period doesn't apply to a SA passport  - you can enter up until midnight on the day it expires.  The reason they have the validity rule, is that for foreign passport holders, they need to have a valid passport to leave SA again, and as many of them are admitted for 3 months, and can apply to extend etc, the general  rule is that passports need to be valid for 6 months beyond the date of entry to avoid a foreign passport holder being stranded in SA with a passport that is no longer valid, and they can't leave.

However, on a SA passport, there is no expectation that you would/need to leave again and no requirement to hold a valid passport while you are a South African in South Africa. I have gone in with less than 2 months remaining, and no problem.

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4 minutes ago, SJ272 said:

Thanks, Malamute!

Pleasure!  It was actually my last trip that I went in - arrived in March, and SA passport expired in May.  I had intended to try and get a new one while in SA, but I couldn't get to it on my first 2 days in SA, and then it would have been too late.  So, instead I applied through LA on my return, and got a new one here 7 months later 

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I entered SA 2 weeks before my passport expired - they didn't even have a second look look at it.

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