International Riders and Visas

PASSPORTS ARE ESSENTIAL. The onus is on the participants to ensure that their passports and visas are valid for these countries. Over and above this, participants must also ensure that their passports are valid for a minimum of 6 months from end date of the event and that they have two blank pages in their passport.

You will need to carry your passport with you, otherwise you will be declined entry.

We will be crossing informal border posts and will require the following information by no later than 30th April 2019:

  • Your full passport information (i.e. name, surname, passport number, date of issue, date of expiry and nationality). If you need to renew your passport please ensure that this is done in advance of this date as once the manifest has been submitted, i.e. after 30th April 2019, there cannot be any changes, substitutions or new entries.
  • A colour copy of your passport needs to be sent to us or uploaded on your registration profile.
  • The Event Organisers cannot be held liable for any visas not held by participants or the cost thereof.
  • If you are a foreign passport holder please check on the visa requirements for Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa. Some of these visas will need to be obtained in advance. As of this date, South African passport holders do not require visas for Botswana or Zimbabwe.

Visa Requirements:

To check if you require a visa, please see the relevant links below. These lists were correct at the time of publishing. It is your responsibility to check with the relevant consulates for updated visa information as the Event Organisers are not liable for any amendments.

Please note that some visas are issued at the port of entry.

South Africa Visa

If you are unsure if you need a visa to enter into South Africa, please click here for more information on exempt countries and requirements should you need to apply.

Botswana Visa

Should you need a visa for Botswana, this will need to be obtained prior to travel. Please click here for more information on the visa.

DOWNLOAD THE BOTSWANA VISA LIST

Zimbabwe Visa

Please note that there are passports that will be able to obtain a visa at the port of entry and others that need to apply prior to travelling. Please click here for more information on visas for Zimbabwe.

DOWNLOAD THE ZIMBABWE VISA LIST

The Border Process

On the Tour, we will be making use of informal border posts on the route, checking you in and out of each country, South Africa, Zimbabwe and then Botswana. For this reason, we submit passport manifests to the three governments in May of the event year.

We will need you updated passport information for these manifests. Without the correct information, you may be refused exit or entry and this is out of the Event Organisers control.

Tips and Guidelines:

  • Please ensure that you are riding with your passport on your person at all times.
  • At each border crossing, please ensure that you have your passport stamped.
  • We ask that you don’t jump ahead of the group in front of you.
  • If there are any support vehicles at the border, please let them pass through first as they are making their way to the next camp. i.e. Luggage Trucks transporting your bags.

International Passport Holders:

Due to delays for the groups with processing visas, those who need visas to enter into Zimbabwe will be able to hand in their passports at the Hospitality Desk along with the completed immigration form. This will happen the night before the border crossing. The Event Organisers will assist with the form completion and safe keeping of travel documents and information. The Event Organisers will then travel to the border crossing to process your visas prior to your arrival. You will then be handed back your passport and proceed with your group to have your passport stamped. We ask that all international riders who need a visa to enter into Zimbabwe hand in the following at Hospitality Desk:

  • The foreign passport,
  • Visa fees (to be covered by individuals), preferably in US$ or South African Rand,
  • Immigration form.

Should you have any questions or queries with the above process, please contact the Event Organisers on info@childreninthewilderness.com.