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VISA REQUIREMENTS FOR UK CITIZENS

HOW CAN ONE APPLY FOR THIS 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.  

REQUIREMENTS ARE:

The maximum period that United Kingdom passport holders may be admitted by the immigration officer is 90 days. The basic requirements that may be requested by the immigration officer at the place/port of entry are the following:

  • Passport valid for no less than 30 days after the expiry of intended visit
  • Your passport must have 2 (two) blank visa pages
  • A vaccination certificate, if required by the Act
  • Proof of sufficient funds to cover the living expenses during the sojourn in the Republic in the form of:
    • Recent bank statement (3 months);
    • Salary advises (3 months);
    • Travellers’ cheques.
  • Applicants travelling by air must be in possession of a return or onward ticket.
  • Statement and/or documentation confirming purpose and duration of visit
  • Documentation detailing the purpose of the visit and institutions or persons in the Republic involved, if any
  • Proof of fixed employment or other commitments thereof
  • This three (3) month period may be extended by a District or Regional Office of the Department of Home Affairs for an additional three months providing an application for an extension is made thirty (30) days prior to the expiry of the original permit. The approval of such application is at the discretion of the Regional/District representative of the Department of Home Affairs.
  • United Kingdom passport holders, who are seasonal visitors (more than six (6) months) to South Africa, may apply for a Retired Person's Permit. If approved, this permit may be granted for up to four (4) years.
  • Once admitted to South Africa, United Kingdom passport holders are advised to pay attention to the expiry date given to them on that Temporary Residence Permit (on the green control sticker). Failure to comply may lead to prosecution and/or a fine in terms of Section 49 and Section 50 of the Immigration Act 13 of 2002,
 

Page Updated 3/05/2016