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ADVISORY: NEW REQUIREMENTS FOR CHILDREN TRAVELLING THROUGH SOUTH AFRICAN PORTS OF ENTRY - EFFECTIVE 1 JUNE 2015
 
Republic of South Africa: General administrative issues
Foreigners subject to South African visa control who wish to visit the RSA for holiday, business or transit purposes must be in possession of valid and acceptable passports/travel documents and visas. Visas must be obtained at South African Missions abroad prior to travel to South Africa.

Consular Section is open for public as follows:
Sunday to Thursday: 08h30 to 12h30

Processing time for visas is 5 days.

Visa application form (BI-84E) must be completed in English and in black ink only.

All documentation accompanying the application must be in English.

The passport must have at least two blank pages upon application.

Please note that the applicants may submit the application in person.

Authorising a third party to do so on behalf of the applicant is acceptable, but the application form must at all times be signed by the applicant himself/herself.

Additional documentation to prove the bona fides of the visit may be requested over and above the requirements listed below.

RSA Visitors Visa Requirements
Any Applicant for any Visa must submit his/her application IN PERSON to:

South African Embassy, Villa No 3, House No 91, Street 1, Block 10, Salwa

An Application for a Visitor’s Visa, not exceeding a period of three months (90 days) must be accompanied by :

  • Valid passport :      
      
  • Should be valid for no less than 30 days after the intended date of departure from the RSA

  •  Should have two blank visa pages, next to each other

  • Each child shall travel on his/her own passport
  • A duly completed Visa Application Form (DHA-84) :  Signed by the applicant him/herself
  • Visa Processing Fee for countries not exempted :     Currently KWD12.000
  • Two colored, recent passport photos
  • Confirmation of employment (original) reflecting salary details, position and leave granted for period of visit
  • Proof of financial means :     Original bank statements (or bank certified) for the last three months or

  • Original confirmation of purchase of travel cheques plus copies of the confirmation and cheques
  • Copy of a valid return air flight ticket or proof of reservation thereof (for all legs of travel)
  • Proof of hotel reservation for full period of stay in the RSA
  • If visiting friends or family in the RSA :  
             
  • Invitation Letter stating full name, address and contact detail plus an undertaking, supported by a bank statement / salary advice, by the SA Citizen / Permanent Resident that he/she will be hosting the applicant and accepting responsibility for the costs related to the maintenance and removal of the applicant from the RSA
  • Certified copy of Identity Document
  • Any applicant for a visa may be requested to be interviewed whenever it appears to any official processing his/her application that it is necessary to do so.
  • Travelling with children :
Where parents are travelling with a child (under the age of eighteen (18), such parents must produce to the Embassy as well as at the port of entry an unabridged birth certificate (in English) of the child reflecting the particulars of the parents of the child.

In the case of one parent travelling with a child, he/she must produce an unabridged birth certificate and :
  • Consent in the form of an affidavit from the other parent registered as a parent on the birth certificate of the child authorizing him/her to enter into/depart from the RSA with the child he/she is travelling with;
  • A court order granting full parental responsibilities and rights / legal guardianship in respect of the child, if he/she is the parent / legal guardian of the child; or
  • Where applicable, a death certificate of the other parent registered as a parent of the child on the birth certificate;
  • Where a person is travelling with a child who is not his/her biological child, he/she must produce :
  • A copy of the unabridged birth certificate of the child;
  • An affidavit from the parents / legal guardian of the child confirming that he/she has permission to travel with the child;
  • Copies of the Identity Documents / passports of the parents / legal guardians of the child
  • Contact details of the parents / legal guardians of the child.
  • Any unaccompanied minor shall produce :
  • Proof of consent from one of or both his/her parents / legal guardians, as the case may be, in the form of a letter or affidavit for the child to travel into / depart from the RSA;
  • In the case where one parent provides proof of consent, that parent must also provide a copy of the court order issued to him/her in terms of which he/she has been granted full parental responsibilities in respect of the child;
  • A letter from the person who is to receive the child in the RSA, containing his/her residential address and contact details in the RSA where the child will be residing;
  • A copy of the Identity Document / valid passport and visa / permanent residence permit of the person who is to receive the child in the RSA;
  • Contact details of the parents / legal guardian of the child.
All documents attached to a Visa Application, shall be :
  • Originals / copies authenticated by the issuing authority of the country of origin
  • Translated into English and certified as a correct translation by a sworn translator at the expense of the applicant.
For more information kindly visit : 
www.dha.gov.za/images/final Immigration Regulations 2014 or  www.gpwonline.co.za
Business
A duly completed visa application form (BI 84E) in English

Two colored recent passport type photographs (3x4 in size) attached to the application in the space provided.

A valid passport which must be valid for no less than 30 days after the expiry date of the intended duration of stay in the RSA

Two pages of the passport must be blank in order to affix the visa and for entry/departure endorsements

Statement and/or documentation from South Africa, confirming in detail purpose and duration of visit. Letter of invitation from the South African business company or institution. If the SA host undertakes financial responsibility/hospitality, same must be clearly stated in the submitted documentation.

An original letter from the Kuwaiti company confirming the purpose and duration of the visit or business trip/deputation order.

The profile of the company may be requested.

Visa processing fee – 18.200 Kuwaiti Dinar

Proof of flight itinerary booking

Vaccination certificate (yellow fever) is required if the applicants are entering South Africa from the countries falling within the Yellow Fever Belt.

The copy of the original air-ticket must be submitted on collection of the visa.

Private visit

A duly completed visa application form (BI 84E) in English

Two colored recent passport type photographs (3x4 in size) attached to the application in the space provided.

A passport valid for no less than 30 days after the expiry date of the intended duration of stay in the RSA.

Two pages of the passport must be blank in order to affix the visa and for entry/departure endorsements.

Statement and/or documentation from South Africa, confirming detailed purpose and duration of visit: original letter of invitation from the South African host, stating purpose, period of visit, origin of relationship, residing address in the RSA. If the SA host guarantees to pay all expenses in respect of the guest whilst in the RSA, this must be confirmed in the letter of invitation.

Copy of ID or other proof of legal residence status of the host in South Africa, certified a true copy of the original by a Commissioner of Oaths.

Confirmation of employment in original reflecting salary details, occupied position and leave, granted for the period of visit.

Proof of financial means: original bank or credit card statements for the last 3 months. If the host accepts financial responsibility, a written undertaking to that effect must be submitted.
Visa processing fee – 18.200 Kuwaiti Dinar
Proof of flight itinerary booking.

For minors:  Birth certificate and consent if not accompanied by both parents: Both documents must be notarised, translated into English and apostilled by the Kuwait Ministry of Foreign Affairs or Ministry of Justice.

Vaccination certificate (yellow fever) is required if the applicants are entering South Africa from the countries falling within the Yellow Fever Belt.

The copy of the original air-ticket must be submitted on collection of the visa.

Training purposes and study up to three months

Please note that any study related visit for up to three months will be regulated on a visitor’s visa, but for a visit longer than three months the applicant must apply for a study permit. In the case of practical training of a foreign student or in-house practical training of a foreign employee, the Act now makes provision for these persons to be regulated on study permits, irrespective of the period of their visit.

A duly completed visa application form (BI 84E) in English

Two colored recent passport type photographs (3x4 in size) attached to the application in the space provided.

A passport valid for no less than 30 days after the expiry date of the intended duration of stay in the RSA.

Two pages of the passport must be blank in order to affix the visa and for entry/departure endorsements.

Statement and/or documentation from the Kuwait employer confirming the need for training, duration of stay and that the applicant will return to his current job on completion of his training. In case of study up to three months a letter from educational organization stating purpose, duration of the course and confirmation of payment for the course must be submitted (copies are acceptable).

Original letter from the company represented by the applicant stating purpose and duration of visit. If such letter also guarantees payment of all expenses, the confirmation of employment reflecting salary details and proof of financial means are not required.

Proof of financial means (must be submitted in case there is no financial guarantee from the SA host or the company represented by the applicant): original bank or credit card statements for the last 3 months.

Visa processing fee – 18.200 Kuwaiti Dinar

Proof of flight itinerary booking.

For minors:  Birth certificate and consent if not accompanied by both parents: Both documents must be notarised, translated into English and apostilled by the Kuwait Ministry of Foreign Affairs or Ministry of Justice.

Vaccination certificate (yellow fever) is required if the applicants are entering South Africa from the countries falling within the Yellow Fever Belt.

The copy of the original air-ticket must be submitted on collection of the visa.

Sport purposes
A duly completed visa application form (BI 84E) in English

Two colored recent passport type photographs (3x4 in size) attached to the application in the space provided.

A passport valid for no less than 30 days after the expiry date of the intended duration of stay in the RSA.

Two pages of the passport must be blank in order to affix the visa and for entry/departure endorsements.

Statement and/or documentation from the South African sport organization, confirming detailed purpose and duration of visit (copies are applicable). If the South African sport organization takes responsibility for all expenses, it must be confirmed in the letter of invitation.

A letter from the club/organization, represented by the applicant stating purpose and period of visit (copies are acceptable). If this club/organization takes responsibility for all expenses, it must be confirmed in the letter.

Proof of financial means (must be submitted in case if there is no financial guarantee from the SA host or the company represented by the applicant): original bank or credit card statements for the last 3 months.

Visa processing fee – 18.200 Kuwaiti Dinar

Proof of flight itinerary booking.

For minors:  Birth certificate and consent if not accompanied by both parents:  Both documents must be notarised, translated into English and apostilled by the Bulgarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs or Ministry of Justice.

Vaccination certificate (yellow fever) is required if the applicants are entering South Africa from the countries falling within the Yellow Fever Belt.

The copy of the original air-ticket must be submitted on collection of the visa.

Research  (Up to three months)
A duly completed visa application form (BI 84E) in English

Two colored recent passport type photographs (3x4 in size) attached to the application in the space provided.

A passport valid for no less than 30 days after the expiry date of the intended duration of stay in the RSA.

Two pages of the passport must be blank in order to affix the visa and for entry/departure endorsements.

Statement and/or documentation from South Africa, confirming detailed purpose and duration of visit: letter of invitation from the South African inviting organization (copies are applicable). If the South African inviting organization takes responsibility for all expenses, it must be confirmed in the letter of invitation.

Original letter from the company represented by the applicant stating purpose and duration of visit is required. If such letter also guarantees payment of all expenses, the confirmation of employment reflecting salary details and proof of financial means are not required.

Proof of financial means (must be submitted in case there is no financial guarantee from the SA inviting organization or the company represented by the applicant): original bank or credit card statements for the last 3 months.

Visa processing fee - 18.200 Kuwaiti Dinar

Proof of flight itinerary booking

Vaccination certificate (yellow fever) is required if the applicants are entering South Africa from the countries falling within the Yellow Fever Belt.

The copy of the original air-ticket must be submitted on collection of the visa.

Medical treatment                                                 
Any medical related visit up to three months will be regulated on a visitor’s visa, but for a visit longer than three months the applicant must apply for a medical permit.

A duly completed visa application form (BI 84E) in English

Two colored recent passport type photographs (3x4 in size) attached to the application in the space provided.

A passport valid for no less than 30 days after the expiry date of the intended duration of stay in the RSA.

Two pages of the passport must be blank in order to affix the visa and for entry/departure endorsements.

A letter from the applicant’s medical practitioner or medical institution, indicating the reason/necessity for treatment. The period of treatment and particulars of the treatment plans in the Republic.

Proof of funds available to cover cost of medical treatment.

Visa processing fee – 18.200 Kuwaiti Dinar

Proof of flight itinerary booking

For minors:  Birth certificate and consent if not accompanied by both parents: both documents must be notarised, translated into English and apostilled by the Kuwait Ministry of Foreign Affairs or Ministry of Justice.

Vaccination certificate (yellow fever) is required if the applicants are entering South Africa from the countries falling within the Yellow Fever Belt.

A repatriation guarantee may be requested.

The copy of the original air-ticket must be submitted on collection of the visa.

Intended marriage (Visa valid for 3 months)
A duly completed visa application form (BI 84E) in English

Two colored recent passport type photographs (3x4 in size) attached to the application in the space provided.

A passport valid for no less than 30 days after the expiry date of the intended duration of stay in the RSA.

Two pages of the passport must be blank in order to affix the visa and for entry/departure endorsements.

Statement and/or documentation from South Africa, confirming detailed purpose and duration of visit: original letter of invitation from the South African fiancé, stating purpose of visit, origin of relationship, residing address in the RSA.

Copy of ID or immigration permit in respect of the South African host.

Proof of marital status in respect of the SA fiancé and the applicant.

If accompanied by children born out of previous marriage – birth certificate in respect of the child and consent of biological father/mother that the child may accompany father/mother and may live permanently in the RSA (notarised, translated into English and apostilled by the Kuwait Ministry of Foreign Affairs or Ministry of Justice).

Repatriation guarantee in all cases.

Visa processing fee – 18.200 Kuwaiti Dinar

Proof of flight itinerary (one way ticket is applicable)

Vaccination certificate (yellow fever)  is required if the applicants are entering South Africa from the countries falling within the Yellow Fever Belt.

The copy of the original air-ticket must be submitted on collection of the visa.

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H.E. Amb MP Bona
Head of Mission
 
 
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