Get the facts about the South African visitor’s visa here

south african visitors visaA South African visitor’s visa is meant for international travellers who want to visit South Africa. It will allow you to enjoy everything our country has to offer for up to 90 days.

What does a visitor’s visa for South Africa allow?

If your reason for entering South Africa is a holiday, that is all you’ll be allowed to do on your visitor’s visa. That is, visit family or friends, or for tourism purposes.

What are the requirements?

The requirements differ from country to country. It is best to discuss what’s required of you with your nearest South African mission or consulate. You can click here to see which countries are currently exempt.

Where should I apply?

You must apply for your visitor’s visa at a South African embassy or mission abroad.

What are the processing times?

VFS, South Africa’s Visa Facilitation Centre, notes that it takes between 8 and 10 weeks for a decision to be returned by the Department of Home Affairs.

How is the visa’s validity calculated?

Your visa’s period of validity is calculated from the date you enter South Africa. You’ll find the expiry date under the heading ‘Conditions’ on the visa label.

Can I renew my South African visitor’s visa?

Yes, you can, but you must submit the application, in person, no less than 60 days prior to the expiry date of your visitor’s visa. The 60 days change to  7 working days if your visa is valid for less than 30 days.

Call us if you still have questions

Dealing with South African Home Affairs, VFS or even border control is often confusing. If you’re unsure about anything about the South African visitor’s visa or are getting conflicting message, please feel free to call us on either +27 (0) 21 424 2460 or +27 (0) 11 234 4275.

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