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who needs a visa?

HOW CAN ONE APPLY FOR A VISA?

You have to apply in one of the South African Visa Facilitation Centres which are situated in:

  • South Africa Visa Application Center – London
    Address: 66 Wilson Street, EC2 A2JX London
  • South Africa Visa Application Center – Manchester
    Address: No. 50 Devonshire Street North, M12 6JH Manchester
  • South Africa Visa Application Center -  Edinburgh
    Address: 1 Rennie’s Isle, EH6 6QT Edinburgh
  • WEBSITE: SOUTH AFRICAN VISA FACILITATION CENTRE IN THE UK
    http://www.vfsglobal.com/southafrica/uk/
  • SOUTH AFRICA VISA APPLICATION CENTER IS NOT PROVIDING A WALK-IN SERVICE; IT IS BY ONLINE APPOINTMENT ONLY
    http://www.vfsglobal.com/southafrica/uk/Schedule_an_Appointment.html

    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.  

Passport / Travel document holders who are exempt from visas for South Africa.

Subject to change without notice.

1. The holder of a national South African passport, travel document and document for travel purposes
2. A Zimbabwean citizen who is a holder of a national passport (diplomatic, official or ordinary) is not required to hold a visa for an intended stay of 90 days or less and when in transit, if however, a Zimbabwean citizen is a holder of a travel document (refugee passport or travel certificate) not issued by the Zimbabwean authorities they will need a visa to enter South Africa.
3. A Zimbabwean citizen who is a holder of an emergency travel certificate/document issued by the Zimbabwean authorities can't enter the Republic of South Africa.
4. Please note: The Minister of Home Affairs has identified holders of passports of Somalia as undesirable as a category in terms of section 30(1)(b) of the Immigration Act, 2002 (Act no.13 of 2002). Therefore, immigration officers must declare such holders undesirable when they apply for either a visa, admission to the Republic, or a temporary residence permit, where after such application or admission must be refused.

Members of the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) of Somalia, who are able to identify themselves as such, are excluded from this decision. They thus qualify for a visa upon compliance with the normal entry requirements.

5. Please note: The Republic of South Africa has not recognized Kosovo's unilateral declaration of independence. Therefore the Kosovo passport is not recognised. Holders of such passports must not be granted a visa, a temporary permit, a permanent residence permit or be admitted to the Republic of South Africa

The Immigration Directive of No. 2 of 2009 The (Republic of Kosovo New machine readable passports) is therefore withdrawn.

6. The citizen who is a holder of a national passport (diplomatic, official or ordinary) of the following countries / territories / international organisations is not required to hold a visa in respect of purposes for which a visitor’s permit may be issued or by virtue of being a person contemplated in section 31(3)(b) [accredited in SA] for an intended stay of 90 days or less and when in transit:

African Union Laissez Passer
Andorra
Argentina
Australia
Austria
Belgium
Botswana
Brazil
Canada
Chile (only ordinary passport holders)
Czech Republic
Denmark
Ecuador
Finland
France
Germany (except in diplomatic staff due to assume duty at the Embassy and Consulates of Germany in South Africa)
Greece
Iceland
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Jamaica
Japan
Liechtenstein
Luxemburg
Malta            
Monaco
Namibia (only ordinary passport holders) 
Netherlands
New Zealand
Norway 
Panama           
Paraguay            
Portugal      
San Marino    
Singapore
Spain
St Vincent & the Grenadines
Sweden
Switzerland
Tanzania (90 days per year)
Trinidad & Tobago (only ordinary passport holders)
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
British Islands Bailiwick of Guernsey and Jersey, Isle of Man. British Oversees Territories namely: Anguilla, Bermuda, British Antarctic Territory, British Indian Ocean Territory, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Montserrat, St Helena and Dependencies (Ascension Island, Gough Island and Tristan da Cunha), Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno Islands, the Sovereign Base Areas of Cyprus South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands and the Turks and Caicos Island.
United States of America (except in diplomatic staff due to assume duty at the Embassy and Consulates of the USA in SA)
Uruguay
Venezuela
Zambia (90 days per year)
Zimbabwe

7. The citizen who is a holder of a national passport (diplomatic, official and ordinary) of the following countries / territories / international organisations is not required to hold a visa in respect of purposes for which a visitor’s permit may be issued by virtue of being a person contemplated in section 31(3)(b) [accredited in SA] for an intended stay of 30 days or less and when in transit:

Antigua and Barbuda
Bahamas (only ordinary passport holders)
Barbados
Belize                 
Benin
Bolivia
Cape Verde
Costa Rica
Cyprus              
Gabon
Guyana
Hong Kong          [only with regard to holders of Hong Kong British National Overseas passports and Hong Kong Special Administrative Region passports]
Hungary              
Jordan
Lesotho               
Macau                  [only with regard to holders of Macau Special Administrative Region passports (MSAR)]
Malaysia
Malawi                 
Maldives
Mauritius
Mozambique      
Peru
Poland                
Seychelles
South Korea
Swaziland          
Thailand          
Turkey

8. Agreements have also been concluded with the following countries for holders of diplomatic and official passport holders.

Citizens who are holders of diplomatic, official and service passports of the following countries do not require visas in respect of purposes for which a visitor’s permit may be issued or by virtue of being a person contemplated in section 31(3)(b) [accredited in SA] for the period indicated and transit:

Albania                           (120 days) 
Algeria                                (30 days)   
Angola                             (90 days) 
Belarus                                 (90 days)
Benelux states (90 days)
Bulgaria                           (90 days)  
China (PROC)               (30 days)
Cyprus                             (90 days) 
Comoros                          (90 days) 
Croatia                             (90 days)
Cuba     (90 days)
Egypt                                (30 days)
Ghana                              (90 days) 
Guinea                               (90 days)
Hungary                               (120 days) 
India                                 (90 days)
Ivory Coast (Cote d’Ivoire)        (30 days)   
Kenya                               (30 days)
Mexico                                 (90 days) 
Madagascar                    (30 days)
Morocco                           (30 days)
Mozambique                   (90 days)
Namibia (30 days)
Nigeria                             (90 days)
Paraguay                         (120 days)
Poland                             (90 days)
Romania                          (90 days)
Russian Federation       (90 days)
Rwanda                           (30 days)
Senegal (90 days)
Slovak Republic                              (90 days)
Thailand                          (90 days)
Tunisia                             (90 days)
Vietnam                           (90 days)
9. Notwithstanding this Schedule, a foreigner whose visa exemption has been withdrawn shall comply with the visa requirements until notified by the Department that his or her visa exemption has been re-instated by the Department on petition or of its own accord.
10. Visas are not required by passport holders of Lesotho, Swaziland, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Malawi who are entering the Republic as commercial heavy-duty vehicle drivers provide their visits do not exceed 15 days and on condition that they can produce a letter confirming their employment with a transport company on entry.

The same principle applies to Zimbabwean commercial heavy-duty vehicle drivers, except that their sojourn may not exceed 30 days at a time. The afore-mentioned does not apply to commercial heavy-duty vehicle drivers who transport goods for a South African transport company. Such drivers must be in possession of a valid work visa.

11. Staff members of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) who travel on SADC laissez-passers are exempt from visa requirements for bona fide official business visits up to 90 days and transit.
12. The following categories of the UN as well as their spouses, dependent relatives and other members of the households are exempt from visa requirements when visiting the Republic for periods not exceeding 90 days for purposes for which a visitor’s permit may be issued, and for official business purposes and transits and when accredited for placement at a UN mission in the Republic for the duration of their accreditation, provided they are in possession of the relevant letters or identification documents to identify themselves at ports of entry as personnel of an UN agency. 
  • Holders of United Nations Laissez-passers
  • Volunteers attached to the UN
  • Persons involved in any United Nations agency
  • Persons performing services on behalf of the UN
13. Members of military forces attending any military related matters with the South African National Defence Force are exempt from visa and study permit requirements; irrespective of their duration of stay provided they are in possession of letters of invitation from the SANDF as well as letters of consent from the military force of which they are members.
Page updated 3/05/2016