South Africa visa application and requirements
South Africa Visa

South Africa visa

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    A visa is not required for this destination.

    Visa is not required for a stay up to 90 days

    Visa is not required for a stay up to 90 days

    • Visa application form. Upon order completion, please download, print and sign South Africa visa application, prepared by our system under your account.

    • Original passport. Original, signed passport with at least 6 months of remaining validity.

    • Passport-type photograph. Include a passport style photo, with a white background, taken within the last 6 months. You may also choose to upload a photo to your order for us to print. There is a surcharge associated with this service.

    • Passport copy. A NOTARIZED color copy of your valid, signed passport is required in addition to the original passport. Notarization instructions can be found here.

    • Itinerary. A copy of round trip tickets or detailed itinerary for the duration of the trip. The applicant's name must be on itinerary.

    • Health insurance. Proof of international health insurance and specifically covering travel to the destination country is required. Applicants can get a free quote and purchase valid travel insurance from our affiliate.

    • Proof of accommodation. A copy of hotel reservations or other lodgings for the duration of the trip. The applicant's name must be on the reservation.

    • Business Support Letter. A support letter from the sending company which introduces the applicant, states the nature of the trip, and specifies the type and desired validity of the visa.
      The sample format for this letter can be found here

    • Business invitation. A business invitation letter from the sponsoring company in the destination country. The letter should be printed on company letterhead stationery, addressed to "The Consulate of South Africa, Visa Section", and signed by a senior manager. The business letter must adhere to the following guidelines:
      Briefly introduce the applicant (please specify employment status/position held in the company by applicant).
      State the nature of the business to be conducted (i.e. business meetings, contract negotiations, etc.) and the names and addresses of companies to be contacted in the destination country.
      Specify the Type and desired Validity of the visa (i.e. a one year multiple entry business visa).

    • Bank statement. A copy of the applicant's most recent monthly bank statement showing proof of sufficient funds. The statement must clearly show the applicant's name as the account holder, the balances of the accounts, and the date of the statement.

    • Visa application form. Upon order completion, please download, print and sign South Africa visa application, prepared by our system under your account.

    • Original passport. Original, signed passport with at least 6 months of remaining validity.

    • Passport-type photograph. Include a passport style photo, with a white background, taken within the last 6 months. You may also choose to upload a photo to your order for us to print. There is a surcharge associated with this service.

    • Passport copy. A NOTARIZED color copy of your valid, signed passport is required in addition to the original passport. Notarization instructions can be found here.

    • Itinerary. A copy of round trip tickets or detailed itinerary for the duration of the trip. The applicant's name must be on itinerary.

    • Health insurance. Proof of international health insurance and specifically covering travel to the destination country is required. Applicants can get a free quote and purchase valid travel insurance from our affiliate.

    • Proof of accommodation. A copy of hotel reservations or other lodgings for the duration of the trip. The applicant's name must be on the reservation.

    • Personal invitation. If visiting friends or family, you must provide letter of invitation with the contact information of the host and visitor, purpose and duration of the visit, confirmation of accommodation including the address, signature and date.

    • Bank statement. A copy of the applicant's most recent monthly bank statement showing proof of sufficient funds. The statement must clearly show the applicant's name as the account holder, the balances of the accounts, and the date of the statement.

    • Visa application form. Fully completed and signed application form.

    • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

    • Passport-type photograph. Include 2 passport style photos, with a white background, taken within the last 6 months. You may also choose to upload a photo to your order for us to print. There is a surcharge associated with this service.

    • Passport copy. A NOTARIZED color copy of your valid, signed passport is required in addition to the original passport. Notarization instructions can be found here.

    • Itinerary. A copy of round trip tickets or detailed itinerary for the duration of the trip. The applicant's name must be on itinerary.

    • Health insurance. Proof of international health insurance and specifically covering travel to the destination country is required. Applicants can get a free quote and purchase valid travel insurance from our affiliate here.

    • Bank statement. Notarized copies of bank statements from the past 3 months. The statement must clearly show the applicant's name as the account holder, the balances of the accounts, the account number, and the date of the statement. Notarization instructions can be found here. Notarization instructions can be found here.

    • Proof of accommodation. A copy of hotel reservations or other lodgings for the duration of the trip. The applicant's name must be on the reservation.

    • Personal invitation. If visiting friends or family, you must provide letter of invitation with the contact information of the host and visitor, purpose and duration of the visit, confirmation of accommodation including the address, signature and date.

    • Invitation Letter. A letter of invitation from the sponsor or host in South Africa explaining the purpose of travel, length of stay, place of stay, and host's contact information.

    • Notarized proof of status. A notarized copy of immigration status in the USA such as a resident card, work, or study permit.

    Unfortunately, at this time VisaHQ does not provide service for

    A visa is not required for this destination.

    A visa is not required for this destination.


    Sounds good! What else do I need to know while planning a trip to South Africa?
    • First, check the current validity of your passport.

    • Second, make sure your passport has blank Visa pages.

    • Confirm if transit visa is required for any connections.

      Check with your airline in case you have connecting flights overseas as part of your journey to South Africa. It may be the case that countries you pass through en route to your destination may require a separate transit visa. Please refer to visa requirements of the specific country
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