Foreign License Conversion and Validation

If you hold a PPL license, but not from South Africa, you can do a license conversion or a license validation so that you may fly in South African registered aircraft.

Validating your foreign license in South Africa is a little less trouble than converting your foreign license to a South African license.

How to go about both is described below.


To obtain a foreign license validation for a VFR PPL you need to complete the following:

  • The SACAA (South African Civil Aviation Authority) Application form: CA 61-01-13

  • Complete the South African Air Law exam. This can be an in-house test, or the official SACAA online test.
  • Flight Test with a GI or GII Instructor (initial flight test including a cross country )
  • Complete a tutorial including differences in airspaces and terminology & performance planning including density altitude.

    Above three items endorsed in your logbook, and a certified copy of the last 12 months flying including your PPL flight validation test in SA.

  • Proof of English proficiency (if you are from an English speaking country, your passport is proof enough)

  • Proof of above to be sent to CAA within 30 days of completion

    License Validation fee: R360

    Your PPL license MUST be valid, and you must have a valid aviation medical.

    As long as your foreign license remains valid, the South African Foreign License validation remains valid for 60 months.


    To obtain a VFR South African PPL if you already hold a current foreign PPL:

  • The SACAA Application form: CA 61-01-13

    Obtain a South African License number for the purpose of writing the following three online exams at an accredited flight school, (the completed results to be sent with your SA PPL application):

  • Air Law
  • Navigation
  • Meteorology

  • Flight Test with a GI or GII Instructor (initial flight test including a cross country )
  • Complete a tutorial including differences in airspaces and terminology & performance planning including density altitude.

    Above two items endorsed in your logbook, and a certified copy of the last 12 months flying including your PPL flight validation test in SA.

  • Proof of English proficiency (if you are from an English speaking country, your passport is proof enough)

  • Proof of above to be sent to CAA within 30 days of completion

    License Validation fee: R360

    Your PPL license MUST be valid, and you must have a valid aviation medical.


    Foreign License Conversion --> Getting a South African License number:

    To get a license number so that you may write the SACAA online PPL exams, you will need to post or email the following to Laureen (pronounced Lorraine), at the SACAA:

  • A copy of your foreign license
  • A motivational letter stating that you need a South African license number so that you can write the exams for your foreign license conversion.
  • Your full CV
  • 2 x passport photos (colour or b&w as you prefer)

    At present there is no fee for this.


    For more information about Foreign License Validations and conversions, read the SACAA (South African Civil Aviation Authority)'s AIC (Aeronautical Information Circular)AIC 30.7.



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