Treaty Visa

Overview

A treaty permit is an official document that gives foreigners permission to enter South Africa to participate in programmes that have been agreed upon by South Africa and the visitors’ respective countries. A treaty permit can be applied at Visa & Permit Facilitation Centre close to applicant’s residence.

Documents Required

    • Duly completed online form. Handwritten forms will not be accepted by Department of Home Affairs.
    • Valid passport which expires in no less than 30 days after expiry of the intended date of departure from the Republic
    • The application is being submitted in person, no less than 60 days prior to the expiry date of the applicant’s visa and if the visa was issued for less than 30 days, not later than seven working days before the expiry of the visa.
    • A yellow fever vaccination certificate if that person travelled or intends travelling from or transiting through a yellow fever endemic area: (Provided that the certificate shall not be required where that person travelled or intends travelling in direct transit through such area)
    • Original Police clearance certificate issued by the police or security authority in each country where the relevant applicant resided for 12 months or longer after attaining the age of 18 years except for South Africa, in respect of criminal records or the character of that applicant, which certificate shall not be older than six months at the time of its submission: (Provided that the certificate shall not be required from a foreign country in the case of renewal or extension of a visa)
    • South African police clearance will be validated upon biometric enrolment at the VFS center effective as of 01 October 2016 at a fee of R175 (Inclusive of Vat) Per Applicant
    • Biometric enrolment fee applicable: Yes
    • A medical report not older than 6 months
    • A radiological report. Provided that a radiological report shall not be required in respect of children under the age of 12 years or pregnant women;
    • Marriage certificate or in the case of a foreign spousal relationship, proof of official recognition thereof issued by the authorities of the foreign country of the applicant (where applicable).
    • The affidavit where a spousal relationship to a South African citizen or resident is applicable, as well as documentation proving cohabitation and the extent to which the related financial responsibilities are shared by the parties and setting out the particulars of children in the spousal relationship.
    • Divorce decree, where applicable.
    • Court order granting full or specific parental responsibilities and rights, where applicable.
    • Death certificate, in respect of late spouse, where applicable.
    • Written consent from both parents and full parental responsibilities, where applicable.
    • Proof of adoption where applicable.
    • Legal separation order, where applicable.
    • A letter from the relevant organ of state which is party to the treaty attesting to-
      1. the nature of the programme;
      2. participation of the foreigner in the specified programme;
      3. the type of activities the foreigner is expected to perform and the duration thereof.
      4. Accommodation of the foreigner.
      5. Any other relevant details pertaining to the foreigner's stay in the Republic.
    • A written undertaking by the sending or receiving organ of state accepting responsibility for the costs related to the deportation of the applicant and his or her dependent family members, should it become necessary.
    • Proof of payment of the applicable fee

    TREATY VISA RENEWAL

    • Duly completed online form. Handwritten forms will not be accepted by Department of Home Affairs.
    • Valid passport which expires in no less than 30 days after expiry of the intended date of departure from the Republic
    • The application is being submitted in person, no less than 60 days prior to the expiry date of the applicant’s visa and if the visa was issued for less than 30 days, not later than seven working days before the expiry of the visa.
    • A yellow fever vaccination certificate if that person travelled or intends travelling from or transiting through a yellow fever endemic area: (Provided that the certificate shall not be required where that person travelled or intends travelling in direct transit through such area)
    • Original Police clearance certificate issued by the police or security authority in each country where the relevant applicant resided for 12 months or longer after attaining the age of 18 years except for South Africa, in respect of criminal records or the character of that applicant, which certificate shall not be older than six months at the time of its submission: (Provided that the certificate shall not be required from a foreign country in the case of renewal or extension of a visa)
    • South African police clearance will be validated upon biometric enrolment at the VFS center effective as of 01 October 2016 at a fee of R175 (Inclusive of Vat) Per Applicant
    • Biometric enrolment fee applicable: Yes
    • A medical report not older than 6 months
    • A radiological report. Provided that a radiological report shall not be required in respect of children under the age of 12 years or pregnant women;
    • Marriage certificate or in the case of a foreign spousal relationship, proof of official recognition thereof issued by the authorities of the foreign country of the applicant (where applicable).
    • The affidavit where a spousal relationship to a South African citizen or resident is applicable, as well as documentation proving cohabitation and the extent to which the related financial responsibilities are shared by the parties and setting out the particulars of children in the spousal relationship.
    • Divorce decree, where applicable.
    • Court order granting full or specific parental responsibilities and rights, where applicable.
    • Death certificate, in respect of late spouse, where applicable.
    • Written consent from both parents and full parental responsibilities, where applicable.
    • Proof of adoption where applicable.
    • Legal separation order, where applicable.
    • A letter from the organ of state which is party to the treaty attesting to-
      1. the nature of the programme;
      2. continued participation of the foreigner in the programme; and
      3. the type of activities the foreigner is expected to continue to perform and the duration thereof.
      4. accommodation of the foreigner; and
      5. any other relevant details pertaining to the foreigner's stay in the Republic.
    • A written undertaking by the sending or receiving organ of state accepting responsibility for the costs related to the deportation of the applicant and his or her dependent family members, should it become necessary.
    • Proof of payment of the applicable fee

Processing Time

All temporary visa applications accepted at the Visa Facilitation Centre will have a minimum average processing time of 8 - 10 weeks for the decision to be returned from Department of Home Affairs. You can track your application online on VFS Global website to determine status of your application.

Visa Fees

Category

DHA Application Fee

VFS Service Fee

Treaty Visa

425

1350

Premium Lounge (Optional Service)

 

 500


All fees are inclusive of VAT and to be paid in South African Rand. Above listed fees are non-refundable once the application is received by VFS Global and Department of Home Affairs.

Once all supporting documentation is available as per the documentary checklist kindly proceed to complete the online application form. You will be required to pre-pay a minimum amount of R1350 in order to secure and schedule your appointment online.

Payment to secure your online appointment can be made in three methods:

  • Online payment via Debit/Credit card through the secure online portal
  • Pre-payment at Standard Bank by downloading and completing the online generated bank receipt and depositing the cash into the nearest Standard Bank
  • EFT payment through the secure online portal

Note- When selecting the pre-payment option, after payment has been done you are required to visit your online application form after 3 working days to proceed to schedule your appointment.