News and Updates

  • 30 March 2017

    Please note that effective the 31 March 2017,  holders of ordinary Russian passports would no longer require visas for a period of 90 days (short stay visitors) for business meetings, conferences and holiday visits.

  • 06 January 2017

    Please note that non Machine Readable Passports are no longer acceptable for any visa application. This includes any extensions of passport expiry dates done manually by means of a stamp from a consulate. Kindly obtain a machine readable passport in order to lodge a visa application to South Africa

  • 2 November 2016

    A financial undertaking or support by a foreigner (parent / spouse of an applicant who is not a South African citizen) is no longer recognized in terms of the South African Immigration Regulations for all applicants 18 years and above.

    A financial undertaking or support by a foreigner (parents/ spouse of an applicant who is not a South African citizen) is no longer recognized in terms of the South African Immigration Regulations.

    For ALL applicants 18 years and over applying under a visitor’s visa, volunteer visa, study visa and accompanying dependents:

    • The bank statements must be provided in the applicant’s name and must be sufficient to cover the full duration of their visit / volunteer period/ studies in South Africa. The requirement is £600 per month, per person for all short stay visa applications and R8500.00 per month per person for long stay visa applications- accompanying dependents + study visas and R3000.00  per month, per person for Volunteer visas.  
    • If the amount is being transferred to the applicant’s account from the parent’s / spouse account, a letter must be written by the applicant stating that the funds transferred will be used for the sole purpose of their visit in South Africa.
  • 13 May 2016

    Applicants who have a query must email info.sauk@vfshelpline.com prior to proceeding

    Applicants who have a query must email info.sauk@vfshelpline.com prior to proceeding to any of the application centre. Any booked appointments for the same online will strictly not be refunded. Kindly verify if you require a visa by following the link below before your book and pay for any appointments online -

    Who needs a visa: http://southafricahouseuk.com/visas/vis_needvis.html

  • 21 March 2016

    Yellow Fever – Please go Here for important information regarding Yellow Fever.

  • 16 March 2016

    Please ensure that you pay the VFS Service Charge fee online when making your appointment.

    Please ensure that you pay the VFS Service Charge fee online when making your appointment. The fee cannot be paid at the visa application centre. Please also ensure that you bring the email confirmation as proof of payment when attending for your appointment.

    The visa fee can be paid only when visiting the visa application centre in person for your appointment.

  • 10 September 2015

    • Please Note: All Visa Applicants must have a Passport that is not older than 10 Years at the time of making a visa application. This also applies to passports issued more than 10 years ago that may have been extended. If you have a passport that is more than 10 years old at the time of your intended visa application date, you must renew your passport before making your visa application
    • 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 though 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.

    • We strongly recommend that you pay careful attention to the Overview, Documents Required and Processing Time sections of your chosen visa category, before proceeding with your application.
    • 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.
    • Please be aware 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.
    • 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.
    • How soon/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.
    • To request an appointment for permanent residency, please send an email to:

      info.sauk@vfshelpline.com
    • To obtain the refund of your Repatriation Refund/Security Deposit, you should make your request by post directly to the South African High Commission in London. Please click here for details.
    • Any visa applicant may be requested to be interviewed at the relevant South African mission, whenever it appears to any official processing his or her application that it is necessary to do so.