A visa is an endorsement on traveller’s passport that allows the holder to enter, leave, or stay for a specified period of time in a country where he or she is visiting.
At the port of entry an immigration official will determine if you are allowed to enter in that country and for how long you can stay for that particular visit. Visitors are restricted to the activity or reason for which their visas were issued.
Visa requirements defers from country to country, with even some countries being exempted from visa requirements.
Documents required to apply for a visa in South Africa
- A passport or travel document valid for no less than 30 days after the expiry of your intended visit
- Your passport must have at least one unused page for entry /departure endorsements
- A completed Form BI-84 (application for a visa)
- Payment of the prescribed fee
- A yellow-fever vaccination certificate (if required)
- Statement and/or documentation confirming the purpose and duration of your visit
- Two colour passport photographs
- A return or onward ticket if you are travelling by air
If you have children (minors) travelling with you or joining in South Africa, you will need to provide the following additional documents.
o Proof of guardianship or custody or
o Consent from the guardian in the case of an unaccompanied minor
· Proof of financial means to pay for your living expenses while in South Africa in the form of:
o Bank statements
o Salary advances
o Undertakings by the host(s) in South Africa
o Medical cover or
o Cash available (including credit cards and travellers’ cheques)
Requirements for entering South Africa
If you wish to visit South Africa, you need to have:
· A valid and acceptable passport or travel document for your intended stay
· At least one blank page in your passport for endorsements
· A valid visa, if required
· Sufficient funds to pay for your day-to-day expenses during your stay
· A return or onward ticket
· Yellow fever certificates if your journey starts or entails passing through the yellow fever belt of Africa or South America.