From April 1, South African leisure travellers will no longer need to apply for visas when travelling to Russia.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation said in a statement that South African citizens travelling to Russia without the intention of working, studying or living in the country will be free from visa requirements and can enter, stay or transit without a visa for a duration of up to 90 days.

The Department of Home Affairs (DOH) has been engaging with Russia on the issue since last year, with some travellers having jumped the gun on the official implementation period and the Russian Embassy to South Africa at the time warning that visa-free travel between the two countries for a period up to 90 days was not yet in effect.