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 Immigration Service

In an effort to improve our service to British citizens and other nationals residing in UK who wish to travel to South Africa, a South African Visa Facilitation Service (VFS Global) is operating in London, Manchester and Edinburgh.

All applicants carrying normal passports should submit their visa applications at the South African Visa Facilitation Service (VFS Global)  

Please Note:  Holders of Diplomatic and Official/Service Passports who submit their applications under cover of a Note Verbale should submit their application at South African High Commission.

IMPORTANT NOTICES:

PLEASE NOTE:

 

PEOPLE TRAVELLING OR TRANSITING WITH CHILDREN TO THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA:

PLEASE SEE THE NEW REQUIREMENTS FOR CHILDREN TRAVELLING THROUGH SOUTH AFRICAN PORTS OF ENTRY, CLICK ON THIS LINK TO ACCESS THE NEW INFORMATION

REVISED YELLOW FEVER VACCINATION REGULATIONS IN SOUTH AFRICA.

Yellow fever is an infectious vector-borne disease that is caused by a virus transmitted by the bite of an infected mosquito vector such as Aëdes aegypti. South Africa has a risk of introduction of the disease as the mosquito vector exists in the country.

The South African Department of Health would like to inform you of the amendments to the yellow fever vaccination policy for travellers coming from yellow fever risk countries. Click Here for more information.

WHERE TO FIND VISA FACILITATION  SERVICES

London

Physical Address: 66 Wilson Street, EC2 A2JX London

Manchester

Physical Address: No. 50 Devonshire Street North, M12 6JH Manchester

Edinburgh

Physical Address: 1 Rennie’s Isle, EH6 6QT Edinburgh

OVERVIEW OF FUNCTIONS AND TURNAROUND TIMES

Function

Where its processed

Turnaround times

Visa

Applied at the VFS and finalised in London High Commission

5 to 30 working days depending on the type of visa

Permanent Resident and Proof of Permanent Resident

Applied in London (VFS) and Processed in South Africa (DHA). On receiving the outcome applicants are advised.

Maximum  18 months

Appeal for Visa

Applied in London (VFS) and Processed in South Africa (DHA) On receiving the outcome applicants are advised.

No appointment necessary

Based on the merits of each case

Waiver

Applied in London (VFS) and Processed in South Africa (DHA) On receiving the outcome applicants are advised.

Based on the merits of each case

Overstay Appeals

A foreigner who has been declared undesirable must log onto:http://www.dha.gov.za/index.php/immigration-services/overstay-appeals

 

Please do not call to enquire about the updates if the maximum duration of your application is not over.

 PUBLIC HOLIDAYS OBSERVED BY THE SOUTH AFRICAN HIGH COMMISSION IN LONDON - 2019

      DATE

     DAY

     HOLIDAY

1 January

Tuesday

New Year’s Day

21 March

Thursday

Human Rights Day

19 April

Friday

Good Friday

22 April  

Monday                              

Family Day / Easter Monday

6 May   

Tuesday

Early Bank Holiday

27 May

Monday

Early May Bank Holiday  

17 June

Monday

Youth Day (16)

9 August

Friday

National Women’s Day

26 August

Monday

Summer Bank Holiday

24 September

Tuesday

Heritage Day

25 December

Wednesday

Christmas Day

26 December

Thursday

Day of Goodwill / Boxing Day