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Types of South Africa Visa

Tourist/visitor visa
A tourist visa is given to the visitors who need to fill the temporary residence visa instead of a visitor's visa. Yellow fever certificate is required if the applicant is passing through the yellow fever belt area before entering South Africa.
Business visa
A business visa is given to people who are employing or willing to start a business in the country. The applicant must fill the applications at any VFS centres or nearest South African embassy.
Student visa
A student visa also known as Student’s Pass is given to a person who wants to seek education in South Africa. The applicant must apply study visa by completing Form BI-1738. Study visas must be applied for at VFS Centre.
Medical treatment visa
This visa is issued for a maximum period of six months.
Family/Friends visa
This type of visa is issued for the prescribed period by the Director-General to a foreigner who is a member of the immediate family. Relative’s visas are issued for a maximum period of two years at a time.
Retired visa
This visa permits is issued to person who wish to retire in South Africa with the proper financial requirements provided for in the Immigration Act, 2002 (Act No. 13 of 2002) and its Regulations.

Documents Required for South Africa Visa Application

Common Documents for South Africa Visa

  • Passport
  • Validity - Six months
  • A photocopy of duly filled visa application form
  • Two color photographs
  • Payment of the prescribed fee
  • A completed Form BI-84
  • Covering letter from the applicant stating the purpose and duration of the visit
  • Original confirmed return/onward air ticket
  • Proof of hotel reservation.
  • Original and photocopy of Income Tax Returns and photocopy of pan card
  • Original and photocopy of Investment documents

Documents for Tourist - South Africa Visa

  • All specified documents
  • Character certificate from local police of the home country
  • Applicants over 75 years of age and any applicant requesting a stay of 12 months must provide evidence of Overseas Health Insurance
  • Salary slip for last 6 months

Documents for Business - South Africa Visa

  • All specified documents
  • Business registration proof
  • Taxation proof
  • Copy of the invitation from the company
  • Conference/event registration details

South Africa Visa FAQs

Is there any age criterion to apply for South Africa visa?
South African visa is not bound by age or any such guidelines
Where can you apply for a VISA?
You must organise a visa before you come to South Africa. The applicant cannot apply for a visa at South African ports of entry.
Do students have a different visa requirement?
Students who are travelling to South Africa for examination or study are required to show their hall tickets and other related documents. Also, students need to show NOC letter from parents, photo identity of parents / guardian, (Pan Card/Passport/Driving License) and student ID card.
What visa is needed to conduct short term or urgent work?
Applicants who want to conduct short term of stay or work in the Republic of South Africa can stay for a period of 3 months and must hold authorization to conduct work in terms of section 11(2).
What is the visa rule for the retired people?
They are needed to show the proof of retirement along with other documents.
Are the visa requirements different for different categories of visa?
Yes, requirements for work, study, business and tourist visa are different.
What if I don't receive my visa in the given time?
If you don't get your visa within the given time frame, it is suggested to track your South Africa visa status on or get in touch with the visa experts who can communicate with the embassy and find out the reason of delay and progress of South Africa Visa application.
Can a visa be issued for an internship?
No, according to the Immigration Act, as amended, the applicants cannot get their visas for internship.
Does the visa fee vary for different categories or types of visa online?
Yes, visa fee for single entry and multiple-entry in South Africa is different.
What is the currency system in South Africa?
While you are needed to show a certain amount deposit in your account, you can also buy forex from a reliable company like Thomas Cook

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