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dha.gov.za Applying for a South African Visa : Department of Home Affairs

Organization : Department of Home Affairs
Facility : Applying for a South African Visa
Website : http://www.dha.gov.za/index.php/immigration-services/apply-for-a-south-african-visa

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DHA Applying for a South African Visa

General information about South African Visas :
** Visitors’ visas are for international travellers (citizens of other countries) who have permanent residence outside South Africa and who wish to visit the country on a temporary basis for tourism or business purposes for a period of 90 days or less.

Related / Similar Service :
DHA Apply for a Permanent Residency

** A visa simply indicates that your application has been reviewed at a South African embassy, mission or consulate and that the consular officer has determined you are eligible to enter the country for a specific purpose.

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South African visitors’ visas may be granted for :
** visits to family or friends and also for tourism purposes
** business purposes
** spouse to join a spouse who is in South Africa on a work or study permit
** children to join parents who are in South Africa on work or study permits

** fiancée/ fiancé to join his or her partner with the intension of marrying within 90 days
** study purposes (max stay 3-months)
** charitable or voluntary activities
** research
** conferences
** to work in the production of an movie or show (i.e. in the entertainment industry)
** for medical purposes (max stay 3-months)
** sport events.

Documents Required

** A passport or travel document valid for no less than 30 days after the expiry of your intended visit
** Your passport must have at least TWO unused page for entry / departure endorsements
** A completed Form BI-84 (application for a visa)

** Payment of the prescribed fee
** A yellow-fever vaccination certificate (if required)
** Statement and/or documentation confirming the purpose and duration of your visit
** Two colour passport photographs

** A return or onward ticket if you are travelling by air
** If you have children (minors) travelling with you or joining in South Africa, you will need to provide the following additional documents
** Proof of guardianship or custody or
** Consent from the guardian in the case of an unaccompanied minor

Proof of financial means to pay for your living expenses while in South Africa in the form of :
** Bank statements
** Salary advances
** Undertakings by the host(s) in South Africa
** Bursary
** Medical cover or
** Cash available (including credit cards and travellers’ cheques)

Requirements for Entering South Africa

You will need the following if you wish to visit South Africa :
** A valid and acceptable passport or travel document for your intended stay
** At least one blank page in your passport for endorsements
** A valid visa, if required

** Sufficient funds to pay for your day-to-day expenses during your stay
** A return or onward ticket
** Yellow fever certificates if your journey starts or entails passing through the yellow fever belt of Africa or South America.
** Don’t forget that there are certain goods that you cannot bring into South Africa and other goods on which duties need to be paid.

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