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Frequently Asked Questions

  • How Can I Apply For a South Africa Visa ?

    Effective from …01 December 2016, South Africa Visa Application Centre in Harare & Bulawayo will accept the applications and documentation on behalf of the South African Missions. The Visa Application Centre timings are Monday to Friday 08:00 to 12:00 and 13:00 to 15:00(except on holidays declared by South Africa Mission and Federal Authority of Zimbabwe).

  • Do I need to Apply Personally?

    Yes, applicant is required to submit the application personally at the South Africa Application centers. But protocols from corporate companies, Government agencies and Ministries can send their protocol with duly signed authority letter along with protocol’s official photo ID. No travel agents are allowed without applicant’s presence for submission.

  • What should I do after submitting my application?

    After submission of your application, you go back with the system generated receipt and a copy of passport. Processing time taken for Short Term Visitors Visa is 10 working days, Study Visa is +/- 8 weeks, & Long Term Visa is eight working weeks and you can enquire through our helpline to see the status of your passport. If you avail our optional SMS service then you will be intimated the arrival of your passport once we receive at our center. But if you see that your travel date is coming closer then you can either call our helpline or can visit our center for query or can send e-mail.

    Our Helpline number is 04851260 and e-mail ID is The center address in Harare is Celestial Park, Block 6, and Ground Floor Harare Zimbabwe.

    The Centre address in Bulawayo is 128 Samuel Parirenyatwa Road, Between 13th and 14th Avenue. Bulawayo. Zimbabwe.

  • What is the procedure if visa is denied?

    Your passport will be handed over to you at the Visa Application Centre where you applied. Visa Fees and Service Charge, once paid, are non-refundable. You may apply again.

  • Where can I enquiry how to apply for short term visa (visit visa)?

    An applicant may log onto the website : Call on the below help line number or email on

    Phone numbers - 04851260