Please go to the link “Visa Types ” at top of page to choose the right category for you, and read carefully all sections including Documents Required and Processing Time before proceeding with your application.
Please complete the application form for your chosen category in full, ensure it is signed, print a copy and bring with you when attending for your appointment.
Mandatory - Please Schedule An Appointment at the Application Centre to submit your application. You should submit your application no more than 90 days prior to your date of travel. You will be prompted to pay the service charge when scheduling your appointment. This fee must be paid online only, and cannot be paid at the visa application centre. Please ensure that you print both your Appointment Letter and emaill confirmation of proof of payment, and bring both with you when attending the Application Centre. The visa fee can only be paid in person at the time of your appointment.
Please carry the originals and copies of all documents.
ALL applicants traveling MUST apply in person.
When arriving at the Application Centre, you will need to show your appointment confirmation letter at reception. You will then be issued a token and directed to the waiting area. You will next be called to our submission counter where your application and supporting documents will be scrutinized, and your photograph and passport checked for validity.
Finally, you will be issued a receipt for the fees and service charge paid as an acknowledgement of the transaction.
Applicants requiring special physical assistance are requested to contact our Helpline prior to visiting our centre so that appropriate support can be offered. Please note that only applicants and carers/assistants will be permitted to enter the Application Centre.
Requesting Multiple Entry – Important Information
If requesting a multiple entry visa, you must provide a motivational letter stating the reasons/justification for your request. Please also provide flight/travel reservation documentation, hotel reservations and details of full travel itinerary. Please note that travel/hotel bookings should be provisional only and not confirmed.
Please also provide visas to all countries of intended visit for the current trip, original and copies. For example, if you are travelling to South Africa and intend on visiting a neighbouring country such as Botswana within the same trip, you must provide your visa for Botswana or documented proof that you have applied for this visa. If visas have been applied for, please provide the relevant documentation as proof.
Alternatively, if you do not require a visa to any of the neighbouring countries, please provide proof of exemption.
Please note that although applicants may request a multiple entry visa, the decision to grant the same is not guaranteed and is at the sole discretion of the Embassy of South Africa.
Important – Please be aware that all decisions regarding the issuance of, number of entries and duration of a visa are at the sole discretion of the embassy, and it is not guaranteed that the embassy will grant your request.
Processing time – Please note that applicants should be aware of the processing time for their chosen category of visa and apply accordingly. Please also note that all processing times are minimum as stated, and in some cases may take longer.
When to apply - For Short-Stay visas less than 3 months you should apply no more than 4 weeks in advance of your intended travel date. For Long-Stay visas more than 3 months you should apply no more than 9 weeks in advance of your intended travel date. For more information please check the processing time section of your chosen category of visa.