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Digital Nomad Visa in South Africa – A full guide

As of May 20, 2024, South Africa has officially introduced a digital nomad visa, providing a new pathway for remote workers to live and work in the country. This initiative aims to attract digital nomads to boost the local economy, offering a unique opportunity to explore South Africa’s diverse landscapes and cultures while continuing professional activities remotely.
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Gamechanger for South Africa and Hoedspruit

As of May 20, 2024, South Africa has officially introduced a digital nomad visa (gazette), providing a new pathway for remote workers to live and work in the country. This initiative aims to attract digital nomads to boost the local economy, offering a unique opportunity to explore South Africa’s diverse landscapes and cultures while continuing professional activities remotely.

South African Digital Nomad Visa Requirements

To qualify for the South African digital nomad visa, applicants must meet several criteria:

Application process

While the official application process details are yet to be fully released, the following steps outline what you can expect based on similar visa applications:

  1. Gather Required Documents: Prepare all necessary documents, including your passport, proof of income, proof of remote work, criminal background check, and accommodation details.
  2. Visa Appointment: Schedule an appointment at a South African embassy or consulate in your home country. Note that applications cannot be submitted within South Africa initially.
  3. Submit Application: Attend your visa appointment with all required documents. Ensure you have both originals and copies.
  4. Pay Fees: The visa fee details are not yet available but will be updated once the South African government releases more information.
  5. Wait for Approval: After submitting your application, wait for a few weeks for the visa approval. Once approved, you can make travel arrangements to South Africa.

 

Once there is more information on the updated procedure, we will update this blog.

Duration and Tax Implications

The visa initially allows for a one-year stay, with potential for renewals. If you stay in South Africa for more than six months within a 36-month period, you must register with the South African Revenue Service (SARS) and pay local income taxes. For stays under six months, you can apply for a tax exemption.

Digital Nomad and tax implications

Living as a Digital Nomad in South Africa

South Africa offers a variety of attractions and benefits for digital nomads:

  • Affordable Living: The cost of living is relatively low, making it an attractive destination for extended stays.
  • Diverse Culture and Languages: Experience a rich cultural tapestry with 11 official languages and numerous ethnic groups.
  • Breathtaking Landscapes: From the savannahs of Kruger National Park to the coastal beauty of Cape Town, South Africa boasts some of the world’s most stunning natural scenery.
  • Modern Amenities: High-speed internet and numerous co-working spaces make it easy to stay connected and productive.
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Nomads Den is the best option for digital nomads in Hoedspruit.

Digital Nomad in Hoedspruit

We all love our big cities like Cape Town and Johannesburg but another digital nomad destination to consider is Hoedspruit. A vibrant community and the safari capital of South Africa. How cool would it be to combine your work with going on safari? Yes, very cool.

Now the big caveat, you will need to be able to rely on connectivity and electricity. Something that is not guaranteed even in the big South African cities. So make sure to book accommodation that is ready for digital nomads; like Nomads Den!

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Pim van de Leur Travel Expert and Photographer
South Africa, Kruger Park and Hoedspruit Travel expert with many years of experience. Photographer and video creator for the hospitality sector.
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