All foreigners who wish to visit South Africa must hold an international passport. Please note that your passport must have two blank pages and be valid for 30 days from the date of intended departure from South Africa. Otherwise, travellers will be denied entry into the country upon arrival.

Visa information for short stay (maximum 90 days)

For tourist stays in South Africa of less than 90 days, passport holders from several countries are exempted from a prior visa application. Please consult this webpage to check whether or not your country is on the visa exemption list. For Belgian participants for example, a prior visa application is not required. A 90-day residence permit will be issued at the border upon entering South African territory. Always double check with the foreign affairs department which rules apply to your country. In case you need an invitation letter for a visa, please contact us.  


A yellow fever vaccination at least 10 days before arrival is required for travellers originating from or transiting through WHO-designated yellow fever countries. Consult this webpage to check whether or not your country is on the list.  

Consult your federal administration to find out which vaccinations and health measures are recommended or required. Belgian participants can consult this webpage.  


All accepted participants are insured for third party liability and accidents during summer or winter school activities. Additional insurances (e.g. health and travel), as well as travel costs are the participant’s own responsibility.

How to reach Johannesburg

  • By Air: Johannesburg is well connected by air to most cities of South Africa, as well as international cities like London, Paris and Frankfurt. The Tambo International Airport is just 21km away from the city centre and is the busiest airport on the continent of Africa. Lanseria Airport is a smaller airport about 32km from Johannesburg. From the airport, you can either take the Gautrain which is cheap or a taxi or a suburban train to Johannesburg. 
  • By Rail: Park train is the central station of the city and the long-distance Spoornet trains are safe and convenient. Spoornet connects you with all major cities like Pretoria, East London etc. The metro rail and the Gautrain run towards Pretoria, Soweto and Springs. 
  • By Bus: there are long-distance buses like Greyhound, Translux and Magic Bus which provide services to and from Johannesburg.