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1. Posted by Charlie_2017 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 12w Star this if you like it!

Is there anyone who has experience in trying to enter South Africa prior a overstay ban has been lifted, on a new or additional passport? It seems way too simple, but is it possible? How great is the risk that the airport immigration will pick up the old passport you were banned on somewhere out of the scan base (if there is any). Anyone knows?

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5045 posts) 12w Star this if you like it!

I can't imagine otherwise than that a ban won't be tied to your physical passport, but to the personal information listed in the passport which will still be the same in the next passport.

If that's the case, you will absolutely not get away with trying this, and I imagine the penalty for trying it might be as harsh as a lifetime ban. (This is talking from a complete lack of factual knowledge, but just what makes sense to me.)

[ Edit: Edited on 04-Mar-2017, at 03:07 by Sander ]

3. Posted by harbinger (Budding Member 31 posts) 12w Star this if you like it!

I lived in South Africa for many years (until last August) and I would strongly recommend that you don't risk this.
Home Affairs who handle immigration are computerised at both air and land borders, and the system is quite efficient. They have previously picked up the fact that I travel (legally) on more than one nationality of passport, so it is likely that they would be able to link a new passport to your previous ban.
If you were to be caught, a fine and deportation would be the very best outcome, and you really do not want to see the inside of a South African prison (even if it's 'only' being held in custody).