South African Visas

TEMPORARY MEASURES IN RESPECT OF FOREIGN NATIONALS IN LIGHT OF THE
COVID-19 EPIDEMIC

In terms of Immigration Directive No.7 of 2020 the visa exemption granted under the Immigration Act No.13 of 2002 to the following High Risk countries has been withdrawn. Any foreign national from the listed countries who proceeds to a port of entry without a valid port of entry visa will be refused entry into the Republic:

Italy, Iran, South Korea, Spain, Germany, the United States of America, and the United Kingdom.

No foreign national who departed from Italy, Iran, South Korea, Spain, Germany, the United States of America, United Kingdom will be allowed to enter the Republic of South Africa from 18th of March 2020.

Visa exemption granted to medium-risk countries of Hong Kong, Portugal and Singapore has also been withdrawn. Any foreign national from these medium-risk countries who wishes to visit the Republic is with immediate effect and until further notice required to apply for a visa to Visit South Africa at the South African Mission where they reside. They are required to submit a medical report attesting to the fact that the applicant has not tested positive to COVID-19.

Any port of entry visa that was issued to a citizen of China and Iran before or on 15th March 2020 for the purpose of visiting the Republic is cancelled with immediate effect and declared null and void.

Any foreign national whose passport contains evidence that he/she has visited Italy, Iran, South Korea, Spain, Germany, the United States of America, the United Kingdom or China since 15th March 2020 will not be issued with a port of entry visa or a temporary residence visa.

AS PER IMMIGRATION DIRECTIVE NO. 13 OF 2019, FROM THE 15TH OF AUGUST 2019 NEW ZEALAND PASSPORT HOLDERS WILL NO LONGER REQUIRE A VISA FOR TRAVEL TO SOUTH AFRICA FOR HOLIDAY PURPOSES AND BUSINESS VISITS.

All visa applications have to be lodged in person at the mission in Canberra by prior appointment only.

Every country has the sovereign right to decide who may or may not enter its territory. Possession of a visa does not guarantee automatic admission to the Republic of South Africa.

It only authorizes the holder to proceed to the Republic to report to an immigration officer at a port of entry for the purpose of being examined as to his / her ability or otherwise, to comply with the entry requirements.

The purpose of a visa on the one hand is to ensure proper screening of applicants so that undesirable persons are not admitted to the Republic and on the other hand to facilitate the entry of approved applicants at South African ports of entry.

Visas provide immigration officers with the necessary information to ensure that applicants are admitted for the correct purpose and period into the RSA.

Persons who are in Australia on short term visas (holiday, etc.), will not be accommodated for visa applications as they must apply for visas to visit South Africa from their countries of origin.

Please check if you need a visa to travel to South Africa:  List of Visa exempt countries.

Check to see if you need to pay for your visa: Visa Fees

You need a yellow fever immunization certificate if you traveled through one of the following countries: Yellow Fever Countries

Visa Categories:

  1. Visitor's Visas Less than Three (3) Months
    1. Visitor's Visa under section 11(2) of the immigration act - Authorisation to conduct work for a short period.
  2. Visitor's Visa - Section 11(1)(ii)(dd), 13, 14, 15, 17, 19, 22
    1. Visitor's Visa under section 11(6) – Spouse / Life Partner of South African citizen. Reside with SAC and work / conduct business.
  3. Transit Visa
  4. Study Visa
  5. Exchange Visa
  6. Intra-Company Transfer
  7. Business Visa (existing business)
  8. Business Visa (new business)
  9. Work Visa
  10. Medical Visa
  11. Retired Person Visa (non working)
  12. Relatives Visa
  13. Academics, Researchers, Sabbaticals - Section 11(1)(B)(III)
  14. Volunteer Visa - Section 11(1)(B)(II)
  15. Critical Skills Work Visa
  16. Medical Elective Student
  17. Treaty Visa

Permanent Resident Applications

Anyone wishing to apply for permanent residence in South Africa should contact the Mission for forms to be posted to them.

Please view our contact page for our Consular hours.

For forms and further information, please contact us via our contact page.

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