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) will start operating in London, Manchester and Edinburgh from Friday, 7 August 2015.
VFS Global has had international success and is currently facilitating visas for South African Missions in Africa and Asia, countries such as Kenya, DRC, Angola, Nigeria, Ghana, China and India.
The South African Mission in London, as with other Missions that are utilising the VFS Global system globally, aims to improve the services to applicants by:
As there will be double the number of staff available at the VFS Global Centre compared to those at the South African High Commission to receive applications, applicants will no longer have to wait in long queues to submit their applications, especially considering London’s weather conditions. Staff at the South African High Commission will instead be able to focus on processing the applications.
Visa applications can be submitted and passports collected from 08:00 to 16:00 at the VFS Global Centre from Mondays to Fridays, excluding Weekends and Public Holidays (UK and South African, as pronounced by the High Commission). The processing time for visa applications will be seven (7) working days, including the day of submission and the day of collection.
A tracking system will be available whereby applicants can check the status of their application online. In addition to the tracking system that will be freely available on the website of the VFS Global Centre, applicants can also register to receive sms messages informing them of the status of their application at an additional cost. Furthermore a Helpline will be available from 08:00 – 16:00 which applicants can utilise to obtain assistance regarding their application.
All applicants would be able to utilise the services of a Premium Lounge whereby, at an additional cost, they would be assisted in completing their applications in a separate lounge to expedite the time spent at the Centre applying for a visa.
The South African Visa Facilitation Centre will be situated in:
- South Africa Visa Application Centre – London
Address: 66 Wilson Street, EC2 A2JX London
- South Africa Visa Application Centre – Manchester
Address: No. 50 Devonshire Street North, M12 6JH Manchester
All applicants carrying normal passports should start submitting their visa applications at the VFS Global Centre as from Friday, 7 August 2015. During the transition period, the final date for submission of visas at the South African High Commission will be Thursday, 06 August 2015. The South African High Commission will process these final applications.
Costs for utilisation of the Visa Facilitation Centre’s services will be made known in due course.
Please Note: Holders of Diplomatic Passports who submit their applications under cover of a Note Verbal for travel to South Africa for official purposes should continue to submit their applications at the South African High Commission in South Africa House Trafalgar Square.
SOUTH AFRICAN HIGH COMMISSION
23 JULY 2015