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Voting Abroad in the 2019 National Elections – 27 April 2019 [PDF]

Voter registration for South African citizens living abroad will take place at the South African High Commission from 1 to 4 February 2019.

Our Physical address is no 114 Rosmead Place Colombo 7.

All South Africa citizens aged 16 and older, in possession of an official South African identity document (either a blue barcoded ID book, a smartcard ID or a temporary ID certificate) are eligible to register as voters.

Your vote counts, come in numbers.

Voter registration for South African citizens living abroad – 1 to 4 February 2019 [PDF]

Please be advised that the South African High Commission including the Consular Section will be closed from Monday, 24 December 2018 to Tuesday, 1 January 2019.

Rosmead Place
Colombo 07

Tel: 009411 2463000

Fax: 009411 2688670




Consular Hours


Monday - Thursday


08:30 – 12:30

Contact Number: +94 77 363 3334





09:00 – 12:00


Duruthu Poya Monday 17 January 2022
Independence Day Friday 04 February 2022
Human Rights Day Monday 21 March 2022
Sinhala & Tamil New Year Eve Wednesday 13 April 2022
Sinhala & Tamil New Year Day Thursdav 14 April 2022
Good Friday Friday 15 April 2022
Family Day Monday 18 April 2022
Worker's Day
Monday 02 May 2022
Ramazan Festival Tuesday 03 May 2022
Pason Full Moon Poya Day Tuesday 14 June 2022
Youth Day Thursday 16 June 2022
Day of Reconcilliation Friday 16 December 2022

Submission of Applications:
(Passport, Notice of Birth, ID and Unabridged Birth Certificates etc.);
Certified Copies; (Client must bring own copies with original)
Collection of Civic Documents
08:30 – 15:30
Collection on Civic Documents
Commissioner Of Oaths' Duties (Signing Of Documents)
By Appointment Only
Thank you







Visa Fee:

Kindly be informed that the visa processing fee will no longer be accepted at submission of applications and processing fee should be deposited to the Mission bank account.

Proof of the payment must be attached with the application.

Please note that the deposit should be done in the name of the applicant.

Visa fee is non-refundable.

Please find below banking details as follows:

 Beneficiary : South African High Commission

Bank Name: Commercial Bank of Ceylon PLC
Bank Address: 38, York Street, Colombo 01
Bank Account no: 1000466711
Bank Branch Number: 7056002
IBAN Number: Bank does not have an IBAN

Visitor' Visa, Study Visa, Treaty Visa, Relative's Visa and Conference Visa
LKR 4 740.00

Work Permit & Business Permit
LKR 16,901.00

PLEASE TAKE NOTE: The new Immigration Regulations were gazetted on 22 May 2014 (No 37679) and became effective from 26 May 2014:


No application may be accepted from an applicant on a short term visit in a country other than his/her country of origin/residence.


Foreign nationals with long-term status in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal and Maldives may apply at the S.A High Commission in Sri Lanka.

Applications may be submitted in person or by a third party, authorized in writing, to do so. Application forms must be completed (not typed) and signed by the applicant himself/herself.  The format of the forms may not be altered.  Your passport or valid travel document must be valid for no less than 30 days after the expiry of your intended visit and have at least two unused pages (facing each other) for visa, entry/departure endorsements.

Applicants may be required to visit the Consular Section for an interview and/or submit additional documentation to prove the bona fides of the visit over and above the basic requirements.

Any applicant allowed in the RSA due to misrepresentation or false declaration in the application form or applicant who sojourns in the RSA in contravention of his/her permit conditions shall be guilty of an offence and liable for a conviction, fine, become undesirable or imprisonment as an illegal foreigner.




To determine if you need a visa, please refer to the list of visa exempt countries on the website of the Department of Home Affairs –





Please click on the website of the Department of Home Affairs:





Foreigners subject to South African visa control must be in possession of valid and acceptable passports/travel documents and visas.  Visas are not issued at South African ports of entry and must be obtained at the South African Embassies / High Commissions / Consulates General abroad prior to travel. If you arrive without a visa, immigration officials are obliged to return you on a flight back to your home country.

Visitor's visas issued will be for a 'single entry', unless motivated why a multiple entry must be issued. It is also for a specific period (from date of entry) and contains an expiry date.

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


South African visitors' visas may be granted for:

  • visits to family or friends
  • tourism purposes (holiday)
  • 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
  • academic sabbaticals / 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


Visa processing is at least 10-15 full working days and may take longer if referred to country of origin. Only complete applications are processed. The onus is on the applicant to apply in time.


Only in emergency cases (death or medical) with proof of the urgent situation may the processing period be shorter. No other requests will be considered.

Foreign nationals, who require Visas that are valid for longer periods (e.g. one year), must apply in their country of origin.




Basic requirements:

  • Application form for Visa (BI-84) (Forms completed in English and in black ink).
  • Two (2) identical recent colour passport photos. 
  • Passport valid for no less than 30 days after the expiry of intended visit, with two (2) unused pages (facing each other).
  • Confirmation of long term residence status in country of residence
  • Payment of the prescribed fee paid in cash, if applicable.
  • Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate, (if travelling to or from a Yellow Fever Zone). See link below.
  • Proof of onward air/sea transport ticket or road transport.
  • Proof of admissibility (visa) in the foreign country of onward ticket.
  • Confirmation of accommodation at a hotel or guest house in SA for all dates.
  • If visiting a friend in South Africa, provide a signed invitation letter from the SA hosts. It should include the full name, SA ID number, full address, contact number, email and certified copies of host's ID or passport and permit (non-SA). The person must also confirm if he/she is responsible for your accommodation, meals, transport and if needed, the repatriation costs.
  • For minors: un-abridged birth certificates and letter of consent if not accompanied by parents.
  • Proof of financial means: to pay for your living expenses while in South Africa in the form of:
    • Bank statements (certified copies of the original pages for the last 3 months)
    • Undertakings by the host(s) in South Africa (mentioned in his/her letter)
    • Undertakings by hosts country  companies to pay all your expenses
    • Bursary
    • Medical cover / travel insurance
    • Travellers' cheque


Holiday Purposes


Please provide the following, in addition to above requirements:


  • Signed original letter from employer in country of origin reflecting salary, position in company and leave granted for the period of visit or reason for travel. 
  • Confirmation letter of tour or booked holiday itinerary.


Business purposes (including Conferences).


Please provide the following, in addition to above requirements:


  • Signed original letter from employer in country of origin confirming employment, position in company, reason for travel, duration of visit and if they are financially responsible for you. Please also indicate other possible visits to South Africa in the next 3 months (90 days).
  • Letter from the registered company in South Africa that you will visit, duration of visit, reason for visit and/or letter of confirmation/participation at the Conference.  The company registration number and full contact details (telephone numbers, email, street address, etc.) must be on the letter.

Transit Visa


As per Immigration Directive 28/2015: Transit Visas:

This Immigration Directive severs to inform travellers that the Minister of home Affairs exempted travellers transiting through the following international airport from transit visas in terms of section 10B (4)(a) of the immigration Act, 2002:

  • OR Tambo international
  • Cape Town international
  • King Shaka; and
  • Lanseria

Travellers transiting these airports must be subjected to biometric capturing… Travellers utilizing land ports of entry to transit through South Africa should apply for Port of Entry Visa. "
•Please submit a DHA-84 application form with all the relevant requirements for a Visitor's Visa above.
•Visa to main destination should be attached



For general information about South African Visas –





Temporary residence permits are issued to applicants who intend to visit South Africa for a longer period of time to work or study.


Types of Visas

  • Business visa 
  • General Work visa
  • Intra-Company Transfer Work visa
  • Study visa
  • Exchange visa
  • Treaty visa
  • Relative's visa
  • Medical visa
  • Retired Person's visa
  • Critical / Exceptional Skills Work visa


For more information and basic requirements -


Applicants may be required to visit the Consular Section for an interview and/or submit additional documentation over and above the basic requirements.


Temporary residence visas processing time is at least 15 -30 full working days and may take longer if referred to country of origin. Only complete applications are processed. The onus is on the applicant to apply in time.


Temporary residence visas applicants must arrive at the High Commission for submission before 12h00 during Consular hours.




Application forms must be completed in black ink, not typed or re-typed and signed by the applicant himself/herself.  The format of the forms may not be altered. Each passport holder must submit an application form and parents may complete and sign on behalf of their children.



Please visit the website of the South African Department of Home Affairs for more information on Immigration Services –


HE Mr SE Schalk
Head of Mission
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