A foreign national must have valid documentation to remain in South Africa legally. If you are not able to prove that you have a legal document to remain in South Africa, you may be arrested. Foreign nationals may also be arrested for committing a crime in South Africa.
ATTENTION! If you are arrested for reasons related to your documentation or because you are undocumented, we strongly recommend you contact a lawyer. See Legal Assistance for a list of UNHCR’s partner organizations to contact for help with this.