Visiting South Africa: visas
New requirements for visiting South Africa – particularly for children – came into effect on 1 June 2015. All children under the age of 18 years who travel into or out of South Africa need the consent of both their parents, and to produce an unabridged birth certificate to get a visa or at a port of entry.
All children under the age of 18 – both local and foreigners – must travel with a valid passport and an unabridged (full) birth certificate stating both parents’ names. If the child is travelling alone or with only one parent, then they must also carry an affidavit filled out by the missing parent or parents.
The Department of Home Affairs immigration services has equivalent forms for foreign children available online:
If a child is a national of a country exempt from South African visas, all the supporting documents must be presented at a port of entry, or the child will be refused entry. The Department of Home Affairs lists all the countries exempt from South African visas.
4. South Africa tightens immigration rule.
5. South Africa opens new visa facilitation centres
Want to visit South Africa? Here’s information on the basic requirements for entering South Africa, as well as links to full information on visas – what they are, who needs them, and when, where and how to apply for them.
Note: Requirements for entry into South Africa differ from country to country, and are subject to change. Always make enquiries before travelling to South Africa.
An application for a South African visa can be made:
An applicant’s biometrics will be taken and interviews will be carried out, where necessary, at the relevant mission or VFS centre.
South Africa has the right to decide who may and may not enter its territory. A visa ensures that you have been properly screened before entering the country, and gives immigration officials the information they need to ensure you are admitted to South Africa for the correct purpose and length of time.
A visa doesn’t guarantee you entry to the country – it only allows you to travel to a South African port of entry, where an immigration officer will check that you satisfy the basic requirements for entry into the country.
A visa allows you to visit the country for tourism or business purposes for a period of 90 days or less.
You will need:
If you have children (minors) travelling with you or joining in South Africa, you will need to provide the following additional documents:
A parent is defined as biological or adoptive parents, as well as any court appointed legal guardian, while a minor is any person younger than 18 years old.
You must supply an unabridged birth certificate of the child. For South Africans, this is an official birth document reflecting the identities and vital particulars of the parents of a child, issued on application by the Department of Home Affairs.
For foreigners, this is any official document issued in the country of nationality or permanent residence of the visitor indicating the vital particulars of the parents of a child. An equivalent document in lieu of unabridged birth certificate is available from Home Affairs.
Whenever an adult travels with a child to or from South Africa, he or she has to produce, among others, an unabridged birth certificate in respect of that child at any South African port of entry.
This applies to:
Both parents travelling together who are accompanied by one or more children, have to produce:
Where only one parent is travelling with a child, he or she has to produce:
Where a person is travelling with a child who is not his or her biological child, he or she has to produce:
An unaccompanied child has to produce:
You will need:
Depending on your nationality, and the purpose and duration of your visit, you may not need a visa to visit South Africa.
The Department of Home Affairs’ website will give you the lowdown on visa costs, processing time, where to apply, what to submit, requirements for people in transit, as well as information relating to your duration and purpose of stay, medical visas, and photographs.
A visa allows you to travel to a South African port of entry. A temporary residence permit will be issued to you at the port of entry. It replaces your visa, and sets the duration and purpose of your stay in South Africa.
If you intend to be professionally active in South Africa or to undertake any voluntary or paid employment or studies, you must apply for a work, work seeker’s or study permit. These permits are also issued outside South Africa, and function as valid visas in allowing their holders to proceed to a South African port of entry. (In other words, if you’re applying for one of these permits, you do not have to apply for a visa separately.)
See Work permits for South Africa and Study permits for South Africa
If you are subject to visa requirements, you should apply for your visa at least four weeks before your departure for South Africa. Do not leave until you know your application has been successful. Visas are not issued at South African ports of entry, and airline officials are obliged to insist on visas before allowing passengers to board. If you arrive without a visa, immigration officials will refuse you entry to South Africa and place you on a return flight to your country.
Children under the age of 18 who are nationals from countries exempt from South African visas must have the required documents with them when they arrive at a port of entry. If they do not, immigration officials will refuse them entry to South Africa and place them on a return flight to their country.
No, you can ask someone else – such as a travel agent, a courier service or another family member – to submit the application on your behalf.
Read more: http://www.southafrica.info/travel/documents/visas.htm#.VsHa_fl97IV#ixzz40FHH5fCy