To do this kind of volunteering, where you will be volunteering full-time, a volunteer visa for South Africa is necessary.
Many foreigners make the mistake of thinking that a 90-day visitor’s visa is sufficient. It is not. The purpose of this visitor’s visa is visiting South Africa as a tourist.
You could volunteer while on holiday for a day or two, that is allowed. That will allow you to honestly say at your port of entry that the main purpose of your visit is a visit, or being a tourist.
Your volunteer visa options
As a foreigner wanting to volunteer in South Africa, you can apply for either:
- An extended visitor’s visa, endorsed for volunteering, or
- A volunteer visa for South Africa.
The main difference between these visas is their validity period:
- The extended visitor’s visa is valid for up to 6 months.
- The volunteer visa is issued for 3 years at a time.
You should thus apply for the volunteer visa if you want to volunteer in South Africa for longer than 6 months.
The main requirements of a volunteer visa for South Africa
The main requirements of a volunteer visa are set to determine two things:
- What it is you will be doing during your stay in South Africa.
- Your desirability.
To this end, you must include the following with your application for a volunteer visa:
- Invitation letter from the NGO confirming your activities and the duration of your stay.
- Medical and radiological report.
- Police clearance certificate.
- Unabridged birth certificate.
These are just the main requirements. Please check with one of our immigration consultants on all required documentation.
You can reach one of our Cape Town agents at +27 (0) 21 424 2460. If you’re in Johannesburg, give our office a call on +27 (0) 11 234 4275.
Or get us to call you
Should you prefer for us to contact you, all you have to do is request a call back. Your request will go to one of our immigration consultants who will then call you within 24 hours.
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