The Republic of South Africa is the southernmost country in Africa, with a coastline that stretches along the Indian and South Atlantic Oceans. South Africa is a popular destination with travelers, known for its amazing national parks and beautiful beaches. Some foreign nationals may enter South Africa visa-free, while citizens of other countries are required to apply for a South Africa Visa. A South African visitors’ visa for tourism or business purposes is valid for up to 90 days.
Foreign citizens must apply for a South African “sticker” visa in person, at their nearest South African embassy, consulate or authorized visa application center (VAC).
Complete the BI-84 South African visa application form. You will need to print it and fill it out using black ink.
Book your South African visa application appointment at your nearest South African embassy/consulate/VAC. On the day of your appointment, visit the South Africa embassy/consulate in your country (or neighboring country) to submit your South Africa visa application.
Pay the required South Africa visa application fee at your visa appointment.
After the visa application is approved, you can pick up your passport (containing your new visa).
There is a fee for issuing a South African visa, and you should check the fee payment cost and requirements with the South African embassy/consulate/VAC where you applied, as this information is updated periodically. You will be able to make payment in various currencies.
South African visa applications must be submitted at your nearest South African embassy, consulate, or authorized visa application center (VAC).
It is advisable to apply for a South Africa Visa well in advance of your planned trip, as many documents may require time for preparation and issuance. We suggest that you start the application process as soon as you have gathered all the required documents.
All applications are assessed on an individual basis and are processed in the most efficient manner possible. Check with the South African representation office where you applied for expected processing times.
Collect your approved visa at the South Africa embassy or consulate where you applied.
Once received, it is advisable to verify that all information is correct and matches your passport. Any discrepancies may result in entry refusal.