South African Visas
COVID-19 TRAVEL ADVISORY
South Africa has been placed on an adjusted Alert Level 1 from 1 October 2021. No additional restrictions have been placed on international or domestic travel at this stage.
Please note that it is now compulsory to wear a cloth mask or similar covering over the nose and mouth when in public and non-compliance is a criminal offence.
Visa exempt nationals may enter on their respective visa exemption periods for holiday purposes, no prior approval is required. Australian citizens/permanent residents are required to obtain approval from the Australian authorities to leave Australia.
All persons entering South Africa should be in possession of the required negative COVID 19 Test Results and subject themselves to whatever screening and health related requirements are in place in South Africa at the time of arrival.
Applying for a South African Visa
Visitors' visas are for international travellers (citizens of other countries) who wish to visit the country on a temporary basis for tourism or business purposes for a period of 90 days or less.
The visa will allow you to travel to a South African port of entry where an immigration official will then determine if you are allowed to enter South Africa and for how long you can stay for that particular visit. Visitors are restricted to the activity or purpose for which their visas were issued.
On entry to South Africa, a visa is considered to be a visitor's permit. The permit's period of validity is calculated from the date of entry into the country and will be set out under the heading "conditions" on the visa label. You must ensure that you apply for the correct visa/permit. Entry in the country may be refused if the purpose of visit was not correctly stated.
Requirements for visitor's visas differ from country to country and the requirements are subject to change. Remember that there is a fee charged for issuing a visa.
All visa applications have to be lodged in person at the mission in Canberra by prior appointment only to book an appointment please call the mission or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Persons who are in Australia on short term visas (holiday, etc.), will not be accommodated for visa applications as they must apply for visas to visit South Africa from their countries of origin.
Please check if you need a visa to travel to South Africa: List of Visa exempt countries.
Check to see if you need to pay for your visa: Visa Fees
You need a yellow fever immunization certificate if you traveled through one of the following countries: Yellow Fever Countries
Permanent Resident Applications
Anyone wishing to apply for permanent residence in South Africa should contact the Mission for forms to be posted to them.
Please view our contact page for our Consular hours.
For forms and further information, please contact us via our contact page.
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