Visitor's Visa (Less Than 3 Months): Section 11(2)
All visa applications have to be lodged in person at the mission in Canberra by prior appointment only.
With Authorisation To Conduct Work For A Short Period In Terms Of Section 11(2).
A visa only enables the holder to proceed to a port of entry before the expiry date of the visa. The holder must comply with the applicable law, regulations and the following entry requirements of the Republic of South Africa. No fixed travel arrangements should be made prior to the issuance of the visa and Ten (10) working days should be allowed for processing from receipt of the application.
PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT THE MISSION ENQUIRING THE PROGRESS OF YOUR APPLICATION UNTIL AT LEAST TEN (10) WORKING DAYS AFTER THE MISSION HAS RECEIVED YOUR APPLICATION.
Entry will not be permitted on a one-way flight ticket. The visa is issued for a maximum period of 90 days with an expiry date 90 days from date of issue. Once the visa is issued entry is to be made before the expiry date of the visa. Application may be submitted one to two months before anticipated date of entry into South Africa.
- Application form DHA-84 fully completed signed and dated by applicant. Application must be completed and signed in black ink only.
- Original valid machine readable Passport / Travel Document valid for no less
than (30) days after the expiry of the intended visit with three (3) completely
blank pages. Manually extended passports will not be accepted.
- Two (2) recent, identical passport photographs.
- Travel itinerary showing onward / return flight details (PRELIMINARY
BOOKING ONLY, PLEASE DO NOT MAKE FIRM TRAVEL BOOKING). In the case
of transit purposes, proof of onward passage
- Proof of sufficient funds by means of recently certified bank statements for the last 3 (three) months (including a day or two before application is submitted - minimum of ZAR 3000.00 per month per person) / cash available / travellers cheques.
- A cover letter by the applicant confirming the purpose and duration of
the visit signed and dated. Proof of accommodation in South Africa such as
hotel booking or a signed letter of invitation from the host in RSA confirming
the period of stay, physical address and contact details along-with a recent
certified copy of the hosts Identity document (in case of citizens) or proof
of residency status in RSA i.e. copy of passport and permit (in case of residents).
Scanned copies of documents will be accepted however emailed letters of invitation
will not be accepted. Date of certification of document not to be older than a month.
- Cover letter signed by the company abroad requesting the authorisation to conduct
work on a visitor's permit in terms of section 11(2) of the Immigration Act,
as amended, and including the applicant's residential address, mobile phone
number, email address and proof of remuneration or stipend that the applicant
will receive from the employer.
- A letter from the South African (host) company or institution, which must
be on the letterhead of the South African (host) company or institution, be
addressed to the Director-General of the Department of Home Affairs, refer
specifically to an application for authorisation to conduct work on a visitor's
permit in terms of section 11(2) and include the following information:
- Applicant's full name and date of birth
- Applicant's nationality and passport number
- Applicant's occupation and a short summary of his or her professional qualifications
- Port of Entry through which the applicant will enter the Republic of South
- Name of the person from the South African (host) company or institution,
who signs and dates the letter, and his or her full contact details, if different
to the contact address, telephone numbers or email address on the letterhead. A current certified copy of the host's Identity document (person who signs the company letter)
- Background / bona fides of the South African (host) company or institution
- Reason for the application i.e. statement establishing the duration of stay/work
in the Republic of South Africa (not exceeding 90 days), where the work will
take place and for whom, and the specific activities and confirmation by the
employer that the activity to be undertaken is for a limited duration of time
and it is not an on-going work activity
- Details of the relevant contact person at the applicant's company / employer
or institution abroad, including his or her contact address, telephone numbers
and email address
- Statement that the applicant will strictly conduct only the specific work
related activity contained in the letter and will neither compete for other
work in the Republic of South Africa during the stay nor seek to extend the
work beyond the specific period requested
- The applicant's contact details and residential e.g. hotel address during
his or her stay in the Republic of South Africa.
- Proof of remuneration or stipend that the applicant will receive from the
- Download: Parental Consent Affidavit. Affidavit must not be older than 6 months.
- A yellow fever vaccination certificate if the applicant travelled or intends
travelling from or through a yellow fever endemic area: provided that the certificate
shall not be required when the applicant travelled or intends travelling in
direct transit through such area. Please see webpage for listed countries http://www.sahc.org.au/yellow-fever.htm.
- In the case of unaccompanied minors (18 years and below) applicant must submit
a letter of consent from both parents (if parents are divorced proof of sole
custody of the responsible parent) certified copy of applicants full birth
certificate, certified copy of the parents marriage or death certificate in
the case where one of the parents is deceased, adoption papers (if applicable),
certified copy of parents passports (photo page).
Where parents are travelling with a child, such parents must produce an unabridged
birth certificate of the child (certified copy when applying for the visa) reflecting
the particulars of the parents of the child. In the case of one parent travelling
with a child, he or she must produce an unabridged birth certificate (certified
copy when applying for a visa) and:
- Consent in the form of an affidavit from the other parent registered as a
parent on the birth certificate of the child authorizing him or her to enter
into or depart from the Republic with the child he or she is travelling with;
- A court order granting full parental responsibilities and rights or legal
guardianship in respect of the child, if he or she is the parent or legal guardian
of the child (in case of sole custody) or;
- Where applicable, a death certificate of the other parent registered as a
parent of the child on the birth certificate;
Where a person is travelling with a child who is not his or her biological
child, he or she must produce:
- A certified copy of the unabridged birth certificate of the child;
- An affidavit from the parents or legal guardian of the child confirming that
he or she has permission to travel with the child;
- Certified copies of the identity documents or passports of the parents or
legal guardian of the child; and
- The contact details of the parents or legal guardian of the child
Any unaccompanied minor shall produce to the immigration officer:
- Proof of consent from one of or both his or her parents or legal guardian,
as the case may be, in the form of a letter or affidavit for the child to travel
into or depart from the Republic: Provided that in the case where one parent
provides proof of consent, that parent must also provide a copy of a court
order issued to him or her in terms of which he or she has been granted full
parental responsibilities and rights in respect of the child;
- A letter from the person who is to receive the child in the Republic, containing
his or her residential address and contact details in the Republic where the
child will be residing;
- A certified copy of the identity document or valid passport and visa or permanent
residence permit of the person who is to receive the child in the Republic;
- The contact details of the parents or legal guardian of the child.
- Non-Australian passport holders, who do not have their Australian visas in
their passports, must include a copy of their current valid visa.
- Non-refundable Visa fee where applicable, the current fee is AUD 47.00. Payment
must be in Australian Dollars made out to the "South African High Commission" by
way of Postal Money Order or Bank Cheque. List of visa fee paying countries
is on the website http://www.sahc.org.au/pdf/dha/Visa_fees.pdf. Personal cheques
or credit cards are NOT accepted. Incorrect payment will not be accepted; in
case of incorrect payment the cheque or postal money order will be returned
The prescribed visa fee is NOT payable for visa endorsement on DIPLOMATIC
or OFFICIAL passports.
Please bring a self-addressed registered or express post envelope along with the application.
- Applications should be submitted in person at the South African High Commission in Canberra
- Documentation that accompanies the application should be original or certified copies and, if applicable, translated by a sworn translator into English.
- The original passport is required during the entire application process.
- The conditions for visas and fees are subject to change without prior notice.
For further information, please contact this Mission between 08:30 am and 12:00 pm Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), Monday to Friday.