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Passport & Visa South Africa

o enter South Africa no visa is required by EU nationals, as well as those of Japan,  USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. As long as you carry a valid passport which allows you to stay for up to three months in South Africa. All visitors should also have a valid return ticket. Visitors may need to prove that they have sufficient funds to cover their stay. 

If you will be travelling to neighbouring countries and back, you should apply for a multiple entry visa.  However, most nationalities do not require a visa for entry into South Africa.

Other nationals should obtain an entry visa from the nearest South African Consulate in your own country, at a cost of approximately US$47. When applying for a visa, be sure to have a valid passport, documentation confirming purpose and duration of visit, 2 passport photographs, an application form, proof of sufficient funds and onward travel / return ticket. 

Visas are not issued on arrival at South African ports of entry and should be affixed in your passport before you travel. Visitors arriving in South Africa without visas, when one is required, will be refused entry and placed on return flights. 

For visa requirements, please consult the nearest embassy or consult the South African Home Affairs website.

Study and Work Permits
Holders of Visitors visas are not allowed to take up employment in South Africa. However, employment can be taken up under certain circumstances and if the requirements for a work permit are complied with, but only if the Embassy/Consulate is contacted in advance Study or work permits must be obtained in the country of normal residence before entry into South Africa. 

Unaccompanied children under the age of 18 years must hold written consent from their parents when travelling alone.

Types of Visa and Cost 
, Business and Transit: 33.
Study Permits:
Work Permits: 118.
Nationals of India and Zimbabwe are exempt from visa fees. Other nationals must apply for a visa with the appropriate fee. All fees are subject to change without notice; please check with Embassy or Consulate to confirm costs.

Note: Visa fees will only be requested from nationals of Belize, Benin, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Hong Kong (SAR), Korea (Rep), Malaysia, The Philippines, Thailand and Turkey if the intended visit exceeds 30 days.

Where to apply for a Visa  
Consulate (or Consular section at Embassy or High Commission).  Applicants in countries where South Africa is not represented may send their applications to the embassy in the nearest country.

Visa Application requirements 
1. Passport, with at least two blank pages, valid for 30 days longer than the     duration of the visit to South Africa. 

2. Two passport-size photos. 

3. One completed application form

4. Fee -payable by cash, bank draft or postal order

5. A stamped self-addressed if applying by post.  

6. A valid yellow fever certificate, if travelling through or from a yellow fever     endemic area. 

7. Proof of sufficient funds to cover visit. 

8. Onward/return ticket and, if in transit, proof of sufficient documentation for     admission to the country of destination. 

For Study permits 
As above, plus:

1. Letter, with official letterhead, of admission from a South African education     institution, confirming exact period of study and accommodation     arrangements. 

2. Letter from current place of study, if on a student exchange. 

3. Fully completed application form BI-1738.

4. Proof of qualifications. 

For Business permits
As above, plus:

1. Comprehensive business letters from both the UK and South African     companies confirming the purpose, nature and duration of the visit.
2. Certification by a chartered accountant that the applicant will have at least     R2,5 m value invested as part of the book value of the business and will     comply with at least one of the other criteria stipulated in regulation 24.

In the case of failure to comply with any of these regulations, visitors may be required to leave a cash deposit with the Immigration Officer.

Various Work Permits - may take 12 to 30 calendar days to process. 

There is now no single work permit. The work permits available are as follows:
1. General Quota work permit,
2. Extraordinary Quota work permit,
3. General work permit,
4. Exceptional skills work permit,
5. Intra-company transfer work permit,
6. Work permit under a corporate permit,
7. Work permit for a corporate worker in terms of an agreement with a foreign state, 
8. Work permit for a corporate worker undertaking seasonal labour.

Each of these particular work permits has specific application requirements. These specific requirements can be obtained directly from the Embassy/Consulate or from the form BI-1738, which is available online.

Working Days Required to Process Visa Applications
The processing time is 10 days, although visas may be processed quicker if application is submitted directly rather than by post. Nationals applying in the UK for a visa are advised to apply well in advance of their departure date. 

Temporary Residence
Temporary residence permits include Study, Work or Workseeker Permits.  

Contact the nearest Consulate (or Consular section at Embassy) for further details.

All visitors are required to carry a passport that is valid for six months beyond the intended length of stay.
There should be sufficient blank pages for entry stamps upon arrival. There should be two blank facing visa pages.  The last three pages in the passport are reserved for Passport Amendments and can not be used as visa pages. 

Note This is a guide please check with your nearest South African Consulate for up to date information.

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