What is a visa?
visa is an authorization only to the holder (of the
valid passport) to proceed to the Republic to report to
an immigration officer at a port of entry for the
purpose of being examined as to his/her ability to
comply with the (entry) requirements of the Immigration
Act, 2002 (Act No. 13 of 2002), as amended. Possession
of a visa does not guarantee the holder automatic
admission into the Republic of South Africa.
Do I need a
visa when traveling to South Africa?
Certain citizens who are holders of national passports
(diplomatic, official and ordinary) of foreign countries
/ territories / international organizations are not
required to hold a visa when reporting to an immigration
officer for examination at a South African port of
entry. Taiwanese nationals require a visa to enter
South Africa. For any other foreign national, please
check if you are required to have a visa.
Do I need to
submit a confirmed ticket with my application?
No, you are only required to submit a flight itinerary
for your attended travel dates to South Africa.
PLEASE DO NOT CONFIRM/PAY FOR YOUR
TICKET BEFORE YOUR VISA IS ISSUED.
I reside in Taiwan but I am
not a Taiwanese citizen. I want to travel to South
Africa and require a visa. Can I apply at the
Liaison Office for a visa?
Yes, however, since the application must be sent to the
South African Mission accredited to your country for
processing, this may take longer and the visa will only
be issued upon approval from the relevant Mission.
Do I need a yellow fever
certificate when I travel to South Africa?
is required only if the applicant is passing through
yellow fever belt area (or has travelled to a yellow
fever country previously) before entering
Vaccination should be approved by the World Health
Organization (WHO) and administered at least 10 days
before departure for South Africa at any yellow fever
approved vaccination centers as the vaccine offers
protection 10 days after administration. If vaccination
is administered less than 10 days before departure,
traveler may be refused entry.
Countries Falling Within the Yellow Fever Belt:
Central and South America
Central African Republic
Republic of the Congo
Trinidad and Tobago
do I require when applying for a visa?
Foreigners who wish to visit South
Africa must have valid passports / travel documents
valid for thirty (30) more days after the intended
return date from South Africa. The passport must
contain at least two (2) unused (blank) pages labeled
Visa when presented at the Embassy or Consulate; One
page is for affixing the visa or permit at the
Embassy/Consulate and the other page is for endorsement
of entry/departure stamp by the South African
Immigration Services. Note: Visa pages referred to above
do not include pages reserved for Endorsements,
Amendments or Observations.
Can a visa be
issued for an internship?
No. The Immigration Act, as amended, makes no provisions
for foreigners to undertake internships at companies and
organizations in the Republic of South Africa.
Therefore, visas may not be issued to such foreigners;
including foreign students whose studies prescribe an
What visa is
needed to conduct short term or urgent work?
All foreigners who intend to conduct short term or
urgent work in the Republic of South Africa, including,
but not limited, to service technicians, trainers /
instructors and film crews, for a period not exceeding
three (3) months must hold authorization to conduct work
in terms of section 11(2), which must be applied for and
issued at a South African foreign embassy, before
traveling to the Republic of South Africa.
authorization to conduct work on a visitoríŽs visa
technicians (installation, repair and maintenance
and film producing industry
for a child passport, must I present my child when
Yes, for security
reason, the child must be present on submission of
the application at the Liaison Office
parents be present
Yes, both parents
must be present, however, for exceptional cases
where it is impossible for one parent to attend, the
Liaison Office will require an affidavit from the
absent parent with detailed motivation for absence
as well as giving the other parent permission to
apply for the child passport.