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Table of Contents Applying for a South African Visa : Department of Home Affairs

Organization : Department of Home Affairs


Facility : Applying for a South African Visa


DHA Applying for a South African Visa

General information about South African Visas :

** Visitors’ visas are for international travellers (citizens of other countries) who have permanent residence outside South Africa and who wish to visit the country on a temporary basis for tourism or business purposes for a period of 90 days or less.

Related / Similar Service :

DHA Apply for a Permanent Residency

** A visa simply indicates that your application has been reviewed at a South African embassy, mission or consulate and that the consular officer has determined you are eligible to enter the country for a specific purpose.

South African visitors’ visas may be granted for :

** visits to family or friends and also for tourism purposes

** business purposes

** spouse to join a spouse who is in South Africa on a work or study permit

** children to join parents who are in South Africa on work or study permits

** fiancée/ fiancé to join his or her partner with the intension of marrying within 90 days

** study purposes (max stay 3-months)

** charitable or voluntary activities

** research

** conferences

** to work in the production of an movie or show (i.e. in the entertainment industry)

** for medical purposes (max stay 3-months)

** sport events.

Documents Required

** A passport or travel document valid for no less than 30 days after the expiry of your intended visit

** Your passport must have at least TWO unused page for entry / departure endorsements

** A completed Form BI-84 (application for a visa)

** Payment of the prescribed fee

** A yellow-fever vaccination certificate (if required)

** Statement and/or documentation confirming the purpose and duration of your visit

** Two colour passport photographs

** A return or onward ticket if you are travelling by air

** If you have children (minors) travelling with you or joining in South Africa, you will need to provide the following additional documents

** Proof of guardianship or custody or

** Consent from the guardian in the case of an unaccompanied minor

Proof of financial means to pay for your living expenses while in South Africa in the form of :

** Bank statements

** Salary advances

** Undertakings by the host(s) in South Africa

** Bursary

** Medical cover or

** Cash available (including credit cards and travellers’ cheques)

Requirements for Entering South Africa

You will need the following if you wish to visit South Africa :

** A valid and acceptable passport or travel document for your intended stay

** At least one blank page in your passport for endorsements

** A valid visa, if required

** Sufficient funds to pay for your day-to-day expenses during your stay

** A return or onward ticket

** Yellow fever certificates if your journey starts or entails passing through the yellow fever belt of Africa or South America.

** Don’t forget that there are certain goods that you cannot bring into South Africa and other goods on which duties need to be paid.


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