South Africa Visitors Visa / Tourist Visa

South Africa Visitors Visa / Tourist Visa

How we can help you obtain a South Africa Visitors Visa / Tourist Visa

Consultation by face to face meeting, Skype or telephone

Advice on the correct category of working visa

Checklist of visa requirements

Preparation of supporting documents

Assistance with preparation of a first application at the embassy or an extension in South Africa

Discussions on alterative visa options and future visa strategy

Foreign nationals that are citizens from visa exempt countries will be issued with a visitors visa when they present their passport to immigration officials at a port of entry in South Africa.

Foreign nationals holding citizenship from countries that are not visa exempt must apply for a visitors visa from their closest South African Embassy.

The visitors visa is renewable in South Africa. The maximum time a foreign national can remain in South Africa on avisitors visa is 180 days.

The visitors visa is for the purposes of a temporary stay and is limited to tourism related activities.

Click here for a list of visa exempt countries

Staying for longer?

Immigration amendments effective May 2014 no longer allow foreign nationals to apply for a different visa while on avisitors visa in South Africa. The foreign national must apply for the correct visa prior to arrival in South Africa or return to their country of residence and apply for the correct visa.

What can we do for you?

  • We can assist with the preparation and application of a visitors visa extension in SA
  • We are happy to meet with you to discuss alterative visa options should you wish to return to SA
  • We can advise on and assist with the preparation of documentation while you are in SA for any of the other categories of visa or permanent residence
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Dear Client,

South Africa under a Presidential ordered “lockdown”. South Africa is currently under level 3 lockdown.

We have the following updates on the services we offer during the lockdown period:

DIRCO – OPEN: The DIRCO offices are open to apostille, but with limited functionality. We have to book appointment for submissions and collections. When we receive your instruction we will advise on turnaround times.

SAPS Pretoria for police clearance certificates – OPEN

Notary – OPEN

Translations – OPEN

Courts – PARTIALLY OPENED: - with skeleton staff working on a rotational basis for authentications/apostilles.

SAQA – PARTIALLY OPENED: The physical office is closed, but staff are working. Documents can be submitted online or by courier.

VFS – PARTIALLY OPENED: – collections only. They have not advised when they will open for collections.

The Department of Home Affairs have advised, by published Directive, that foreign nationals will not be penalised on their visa conditions as long as the expiry of the visa is a result of the lockdown. All COVID affected visas are deemed to be valid the visa expired during lockdown. More information on the DHA website.

The Department of Home AffairsCivic Affairs – PARTIALLY OPENED only processing limited new applications like new birth/death certificates relating to the last few months & COVID. No existing reprints of documents, ID’s or passports.

SA EMBASSIES – Some are open, some closed; with no consistency or notice of opening/closing. The Embassies are acting autonomously. We advise that you contact your nearest Embassy should you need any Embassy services.

FOREIGN EMBASSIES IN SA – Majority are closed.

SENDING/RECEIVING DOCUMENTS – documents can only be sent to us by courier and we can only return documents by courier door to door (we use DHL). For new and upcoming applications we advise that you send the documents to us in the interim so when Departments open we can submit immediately. Currently we cannot meet face to face, but happy to discuss by telephone call, skype, whatsapp call or video conference.

Please feel free to call or email us with regards to the services and support we can provide for you during the lockdown period.

Please note that all of the above is subject to change without notice. We will post updates as and when we receive clarification.

Keep safe and Godspeed during these difficult times.