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.
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.
The visa will allow you to travel to a South African port of entry where an immigration official will then determine if you are allowed to enter South Africa and for how long you can stay for that particular visit. Visitors are restricted to the activity or reason for which their visas were issued.
On entry to South Africa, a visa is considered to be a visitor’s permit. The permit’s period of validity is calculated from the date of entry into the country and will be set out under the heading “conditions” on the visa label. You must ensure that you apply for the correct visa/permit. Entry in the country may be refused if the purpose of visit was not correctly stated.
Requirements for visitor’s visas differ from country to country , and the requirements are subject to change. As each application is treated as an individual case and you should make enquiries with your nearest South African mission or consulate abroad or any office of the Department of Home Affairs to see whether or not you are required to apply for a visa.
Remember that there is a fee charged for issuing a visa, and you should check the cost with the office as well as this is updated annually. The fee is payable in different currencies in different countries.
Visas are not issued at South African ports of entry, and airline officials are obliged to insist on visas before allowing passengers to board. If you arrive without a visa, immigration officials are obliged to put you onto a flight back to your home country.
Foreigners with long term status (work permits/permit residence) in the neighbouring countries who transit the Republic to return to their employment or residence are not subject to the transit visa, provided they are in possession of proof of their status.
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
- 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 to apply for a visa
- 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
- Medical cover or
- Cash available (including credit cards and travellers’ cheques)
|Identity Document: Issuing of first document.||FREE|
|Identity Document: Re-issuing, provided that the re-issuing of identity documents is free of charge in those cases where an identity document was issued and the forename is repeated as a surname in the document, if the Department did not insist on the application for insertion of the surname at the time of the initial application, and when a new identity document is issued to a former TBVC-citizen to replace his old South African identity document classifying him as a non-South African citizen.||R140.00|
|Temporary Identity Certificate: Issuing of a Temporary Identity Certificate (TIC).||R70.00|
First issue of an Unabridged Birth Certificate.
First issue of an abridged Death or Marriage Certificate.
|Issuing of an Unabridged Birth, Death or Marriage Certificate, or a reproduction of the relevant register or a reproduction of any supporting documentation which is coupled to the register concerned, as well as verification of information from birth, marriage and death registers with regard to any individual, provided that where such reproduction or verification is required for official purposes by a Government institution within the meaning of serial number 11, it will be FREE of charge.||R75.00|
|Issuing of an abridged computer printed or handwritten birth, death or marriage certificate, provided that no fees are payable for the issuing of the prescribed certificate on registration of birth, death or marriage.||R20.00|
|Application for any amendment to the birth register of any person including the noting of the fact of adoption in the birth register of a person i.r.o the Child Care Act, 1983, but excluding the re-registration of a birth i.r.o. section 11 of the Births and Deaths Registration Act, 1992, which is free of charge.||R70.00|
|Application for any change of the forenames or surname of a minor (Sections 24 and 25 of Act 51 of 1992).||R70.00|
|Application for the changing of a major’s fornames in the birth register (Section 24 of Act 51 of 1992). The insertion of a major’s surname in the birth register, however, is free of charge if his identity document was issued with the forename repeated as a surname. The subsequent re-issuing of such a person’s identity document is also free of charge.||R140.00|
|Application by a major to assume a different surname (provided that, should the applicant be lawfully married, the amount also includes the applicantion of his spouse as well as thoase of any minor children, or if the applicant is a divorced female or widow, it also includes the application of her minor children, if any)(Section 26 of Act 51 of 1992)||R325.00|
|Issuing of a duplicate confirmation of the change of a major’s forenames and/or surname||R70.00|
|Letter of confirmation of marital status||R50.00|
|First application for Tourist Passport||R400.00|
|Re- apply must bring old passport copy||R400.00|
|Re-apply with lost passport||R800.00|
|Re-apply with passport that is full – must bring full passport||R400.00|
|Re-apply with passport that is full – but passport is lost||R800.00|
|Re-apply for passport with 3 pages left – must bring passport||R400.00|
|Re-apply for passport with 3 pages left – but passport is lost||R800.00|
|First time application for Maxi Tourist Passport||R600.00|
|Re-apply for Maxi Toursit Passport – passport lost or not present||R1200|
|Re-apply for Maxi Tourist Passport that is full – must present old Passport||R600|
|Have a Tourist Passport and just got married and applies for new surname or marriage surname on passport – must present passport with old surname||R400|
|Just married and and has changed surname – but old Passport is lost or not present||R800|
|Has old Tourist Passport and applies for second passport – must present old passport to carry two passports||R400|
|Official Passport (including official emergency passport) or crewmember certificate, and a temporary passport issued for official purposes.||FREE|
|Crew Member Certificate||R350.00|
|Naturalization application and issue of original citizenship certificate||R300.00|
|Issuing of duplicate citizenship certificate (including application for certificates issued in terms of section 16 of Act 88 of 1995) as well as confirmation (To whom it may concern)||R90.00|
|Resumption of SA citizenship, in terms of section 13 of Act 88 of 1995||R300.00|
|Retention of SA citizenship, in terms of section 6(2) of Act 88 of 1995||R300.00|
|Retrospective exemption in terms of section 26(4) of the South African Citizenship Act, 1995, from the loss of South African citizenship.||R300.00|
|The furnishing of information from the Population Register on magnetic tape or similar format in accordance with the provisions of section 21 of the Identification Act, 1997 (Act 68 of 1997)||R480.00 requested for every 5000 persons or for portion thereof.|
|Furnishing of information from the Population Register for official purposes to any Department of State, Local Authority or Statutory Body. Provided that the prescribed fees for abridged or unabridged certificates shall be payable if such certificates are requested.||FREE|
|Frame of four black and white photos taken for ID applications.||R40.00|