If you have medical aid, contact your service provider to find out if you have access to an international travel benefit for medical emergencies outside the borders of South Africa. Your medical aid service provider will be able to provide you with an International Travel Benefit letter as proof of your medical cover for visa application purposes.

Note: International medical cover does not include travel insurance, which covers you for things like lost baggage, stolen belongings and cancelled flights.

Most credit card providers in South Africa will give you some form of automatic travel insurance if you book your flight tickets using your credit card.

However, the medical benefits you’ll get as part of the insurance offered by credit card providers will usually be fairly limited, which is why it is highly recommended to contact your medical aid to confirm what type of international medical cover you qualify for.