Over 200,000 UK expats living in South Africa, all you need to know to relocate to South Africa

This extremely diverse country is paradise for animal lovers and adventurers, and is further enhanced by glorious weather.

The Republic of South Africa is home to more than 200,000 UK expats, drawn by a relatively low cost of living, warm climate, beautiful beaches and amazing wildlife and game parks, as well as opportunities for an outdoors lifestyle among the country’s incredible scenery.

Figures from the Department of Work and Pensions show there are more than 38,000 UK citizens living in South Africa and drawing a UK state pension. The most popular cities for expats moving to South Africa are Cape Town and Johannesburg.

Things you need to know before you go:
As a UK citizen you can visit South Africa for up to 90 days without a visa, subject to proof you can support yourself during that time (you may need to show bank statements and/or payslips).

If you want to stay longer you will need to apply for a visa. In the first instance you need to get a temporary resident permit, then when you are living there you can apply for a permanent residency permit.