Administrative Fines In Terms Of Section 50(1) Of Immigration Act 13 Of 2002

Any foreigner who leaves the Republic after the expiry of his or her permit shall be liable to an administrative fine of a prescribed amount not exceeding R3000.00 which fine shall be imposed by the Department on detection of the overstay and exacted when such foreigner is admitted or makes an application with the Department.

Failure to pay the prescribed fine will mean that a foreigner will not be admitted to South Africa, or issued with a Visa or Permit or if already admitted, a permit shall not be issued or renewed nor a subsequent permit issued.

Payment of Fine

A foreigner who has been issued with a fine may pay the fine through this Mission or may pay the fine on arrival in South Africa he/she will only be admitted once the fine has been paid. The exchange rate of the day the fine was issued will be used when paying the fine; the rate may be obtained by contacting the Mission at the following email address:

The following information must be submitted:

  1. Original passport.
  2. Original administrative fine notice.
  3. The fine amount in AUD payable by way of a postal money order or Bank cheque to the South African High Commission (if residing in New Zealand the fine amount will be paid in NZD).
  4. Prepaid self addressed Registered or Express Post Envelope.
  5. Cover note containing the applicants contact details.

Personal cheques or credit cards are NOT accepted. Incorrect payment will not be accepted; in case of incorrect payment the cheque or postal money order will be returned to applicant.

Refund Of Repatriation Deposits

Repatriation deposits paid by persons who were in South Africa for an extended stay are refundable and application for the refund of the deposit can be sent to this office. It is worth noting that the deposit is ONLY refunded to persons who left South Africa on expiry of their permits or if he / she has acquired permanent residence in South Africa.

Requirements for Refund of Repatriation Deposits

  1. Original receipt issued to you after paying the repatriation deposit.
  2. Letter of request to refund the deposit.
  3. Passport - if your visa / permit is still valid the said visa/permit will have to be cancelled.
  4. A self addressed registered or express post envelope.

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