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VISA EXEMPTION LIST*

http://www.dha.gov.za/Non-Exempt%20Countries.html


VISITORS VISAS


Who qualifies for this Visa

A visa may be issued to foreigners who wish to enter South Africa for holiday (tourism), to visit family and friends, attend busines meetings/ negotiations/ workshops/ seminars/ conferences. A visa may also be issued to attend study courses or attend training for a period less than three months. Only certain countries require a visa for South Africa. The countries listed in Visa Exemption List* do not need a visa (subject to the conditions indicated) for South Africa.
If a country nationality is not listed in the Visa Exemption List, then a visa is required.

THE PROCESSING PERIOD FOR VISA APPLICATIONS IS 4 (FOUR) WORKING DAYS requirements

  • Visa applications form BI-84  dually completed with black ink.

  • Passport must be valid for no less than 30 days after the expiry of intended visit to South Africa. The passport must have at least two blank visa pages one to endorse the visa and one for entry and exit stamps.

  • The original passport + one copy of all relevant pages must be submitted.
Original passport cannot be retrieved until the visa application has been processed.
  • 2 X passport size photographs 35x45mm not older than 6 months.

  • A vaccination certificate, if required by the Act.

  • A yellow fever certificate is required only if an applicant is coming from or going through a yellow fever endemic zone. Clients who are going straight to South Africa from Dubai and who have not been in a yellow fever zone recently, are not required to fulfill any additional health requirement.

  • Proof of financial means in the form of:

    - Applicant’s latest 3 months’ bank statements
    - Undertaking(s)/Invitations(s) by the host in South Africa
    - Original No-Objection certificate from current employer in UAE.
    - Proof of bursaries
    - Proof of medical cover, or
    - Travellers’ cheques to cover envisaged living expenses during the sojourn in South Africa.

  • Applicants travelling by air must be in possession of a provisional return or onward flight booking. No fixed travel arrangements should be made prior to the issuing of the visa.

  • If a minor child subject to guardianship or custody is accompanying the applicant or joining the applicant in South Africa, then proof of guardianship and custody is required.

  • In the case of an unaccompanied minor, consent from the guardian is required.

  • Statement and/or documentation confirming purpose and duration of visit.

  • For business visits (meetings, negotiations, workshops, seminars, conferences and training) letters from both the UAE and the South African host company/organization should be submitted. The letters should confirm the nature and duration of the visit.

  • A provisional hotel booking or travel itinerary must be presented.

  • For family visits, an invitation letter from the South African host (with full contact details and copy of South African ID) must be presented.

  • For all types of visits, adequate documentation must be produced which confirms the nature of the visit and the duration of the visit.

  • A cash deposit may be requested from applicants.
    Important information regarding visas
  • Only applicants with valid UAE residency permits can apply through the South African Embassy & Consulate-General in the U.A.E.

  • For tourist/family visits, the applicant MUST lodge the visa application in person.

  • For business related visits, the applicant or a delegated company Public Relations Officer may lodge the application. No third party representatives may lodge visa application on behalf of the main applicant.

  • The visa shall upon admission, be considered to be a permit for the purpose of the Act and the period of validity of that permit shall be calculated from the date of admission.

  • The period for which a permit will be valid will be set out under the heading” conditions” on the visa label.

  • Applicants must ensure that they apply for the correct visa/permit as any change in the purpose of stay may be refused if the purpose of the original entry was not correctly stated.

  • The holder of a visitors permit may not conduct work.

  • The holder of a visitors permit may not establish or operate a business.

  • Visas cannot be applied for at a South African port of entry (for example, an airport).

  • Any applicant allowed entry into South Africa due to misrepresentation, or false declaration on the application form or who stays in South Africa in contravention of his/her visa/permit conditions shall be guilty of an offence and liable on conviction to a fine or to imprisonment as an illegal foreigner.

  • After a visa is issued, the passport must contain minimum one unused “visa” page for entry stamps.

  • All documents requested for the visa should be original and translated into English by a sworn translator if the source document is in another language. Originals and copies must be presented, originals will be returned (after inspection) to clients.
TRANSIT VISA

Who qualifies for this Visa

Transit visas is required from all none visa exempt nationals who are transiting through South Africa to a neighboring country( Botswana, Mozambique, Swaziland, Lesotho, Namibia and Zimbabwe) or returning from a neighboring country through South Africa. Foreign nationals with long term residence (work permits/permanent residence) in the neighboring countries who transit South Africa to return to their employment or residence are not subject to the transit visa requirement, provided that they are in possession of proof of the status. The countries listed in Visa Exemption List do not need a visa (subject to the conditions indicated) for South Africa. If a country nationality is not listed in the Visa Exemption List, then a visa is required.

PLEASE NOTE YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO EXIT ANY SOUTH AFRICAN AIRPORT WITH A TRANSIT VISA. THE PROCESSING PERIOD FOR VISA APPLICATIONS IS 4 (FOUR) WORKING DAYS requirements
  • Visa applications form BI-84  dually completed with black ink.

  • Passport valid for no less than 30 days after the expiry of intended visit. The passport must have at least two blank visa pages (one to endorse the visa and one for entry stamps).

  • The original passport + one copy of the information page.

Original passport cannot be retrieved until the visa application has been processed.

  • 2 X passport size photographs 35x45mm not older than 6 months.

  • A vaccination certificate, is required by the Act in the following events:

  • A yellow fever certificate is required only if an applicant is coming from or gone through a yellow fever endemic zone. Clients who are going straight to South Africa from Dubai and who have not been in a yellow fever zone recently, are not required to fulfill any additional health requirement.

  • Copy of the visa/permit of the country of the end destination.  Visa for end destination cannot be applied for in South Africa.

  • Applicants travelling by air must be in possession of a provisional return or onward flight booking. No fixed travel arrangements must however be made prior to the issuing of the visa.

  • If a minor child subject to guardianship or custody is accompanying the applicant or joining the applicant in South Africa, then proof of guardianship and custody is required.

  • In the case of an unaccompanied minor, consent from the guardian is required.

 

H.E. MS Shogole
Ambassador
 
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