CONSULAR INFORMATION


 

General

A list of countries exempted from South African visa requirements is available at the following website: www.home-affairs.pwv.gov.za/visa_schedule.asp
Holders of Belgian and Luxembourg passports are exempted from visa requirements up to 90 (ninety) days for holiday and business purposes only.

To download application forms or more information please visit the following website:
http://http://www.home-affairs.gov.za

 

Visa requirements and info

REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA: GENERAL ADMINISTRATIVE ISSUES

Foreigners subject to South African visa control who wish to visit the RSA for holiday, business or transit purposes must be in possession of valid and acceptable passports/travel documents and visas. Visas must be obtained at the South African Missions abroad prior to travel to South Africa.

Consular Section is opened for public Monday – Friday, 9.00 – 12.00

Processing period for visas is 10 working days.

Visa application form (BI-84E) must be completed in English and in black ink only.

All documentation accompanying the application must be in English.

The passport must have at least two blank pages upon application.

Please note that the applicants may submit the application in person or by courier service. The documents may be collected in the same manner.

Additional documentation to prove the bona fides of the visit such as proof of registration of the company may be requested.

 

VISA REQUIREMENTS IN RESPECT OF:

TRANSIT

A duly completed visa application form (BI 84E) in English.

Two coloured recent passport type photographs attached to the application in the space provided. (Photo specifications for visas).

A passport which must be valid for no less than 30 days after the expiry date of the intended duration of stay in the RSA and which contains at least two blank pages in for endorsement of the visa and for entry/departure stamps.

Proof of residence in Belgium

Proof of sufficient financial means: original 3 months bank or credit card statements or 3 months’ salary advices.

Visa processing fee 43 Euros

Copy of flight itinerary.

In the case of a minor: birth certificate and official consent if not accompanied by parents: both documents must be translated and certified at the Public Notary.

Vaccination certificate (yellow fever): is required if the applicants are entering South Africa from the countries falling within the Yellow Fever Belt (Yellow fever belt).

 

TOURISM

A duly completed visa application form (BI 84E) in English

Two coloured recent passport type photographs attached to the application in the space provided. (Photo specifications for visas).

A valid passport which must be valid for no less than 30 days after the expiry date of the intended duration of stay in the RSA

Two pages of the passport must be blank in order to affix the visa and for entry/departure endorsements

Copy of internal passport: identification pages only

Statement and/or documentation from South Africa, confirming detailed purpose and duration of visit: letters of invitation from the South African travel agencies accompanied by detailed itinerary must be submitted (copies are applicable) or the hotel booking for the whole period of visit to the Republic.

Confirmation of employment in original reflecting salary details, occupied position and leave, granted for the period of visit:

Proof of financial means: original bank or credit card statements for the last 3 months or original confirmation of purchase of travel cheques (copy of confirmation and copies of cheques must be attached)

Visa processing fee 43 Euros.

Proof of flight itinerary

For minors: birth certificate and consent if not accompanied by parents: both documents must be translated and certified at the Public Notary

Vaccination certificate (yellow fever): is required if the applicants are entering South Africa from the countries falling within the Yellow Fever Belt.

The copy of the original air-ticket must be submitted on collection of the visa

 

BUSINESS VISIT

A duly completed visa application form (BI 84E) in English

Two coloured recent passport type photographs attached to the application in the space provided. (Photo specifications for visas).

A valid passport which must be valid for no less than 30 days after the expiry date of the intended duration of stay in the RSA

Two pages of the passport must be blank in order to affix the visa and for entry/departure endorsements

Copy of internal passport: identification pages only

Statement and/or documentation from South Africa, confirming in detail purpose and duration of visit: letter of invitation from the South African business company or institution.

An original letter from the Belgian/Luxembourg company confirming the purpose and duration of the visit

Proof of sufficient financial means: bank or credit card statements for the last 3 months or guarantee from either company confirming acceptance of responsibility for all expenditure on accommodation and incidental costs.

The profile of the company may be requested.

Visa processing fee 43 Euros.

Proof of flight itinerary

Vaccination certificate (yellow fever): is required if the applicants are entering South Africa from the countries falling within the Yellow Fever Belt.

The copy of the original air-ticket must be submitted on collection of the visa

 

PRIVATE VISIT

A duly completed visa application form (BI 84E) in English

Two coloured recent passport type photographs attached to the application in the space provided. (Photo specifications for visas).

A valid passport which must be valid for no less than 30 days after the expiry date of the intended duration of stay in the RSA

Two pages of the passport must be blank in order to affix the visa and for entry/departure endorsements

Copy of internal passport: identification pages only

Statement and/or documentation from South Africa, confirming detailed purpose and duration of visit: original letter of invitation from the South African host, stating purpose, period of visit, origin of relationship, residing address in the RSA. If the SA host guarantees to pay all expenses i.r.o. the guest whilst in the RSA, it must be confirmed in the letter of invitation and original bank statement i.r.o. the SA host must be submitted.

Copy of ID or other proof of legal residence status of the host in South Africa

Confirmation of employment in original reflecting salary details, occupied position and leave, granted for the period of visit:

Proof of financial means: original bank or credit card statements for the last 3 months. If the host accepts financial responsibility, original proof of sufficient financial means in the form of bank or credit card statements for the last 3 months and a written undertaking must be submitted.

Visa processing fee 43 Euros

Proof of flight itinerary

For minors: birth certificate and consent if not accompanied by parents: both documents must be translated and certified at the Public Notary

Vaccination certificate (yellow fever): is required if the applicants are entering South Africa from the countries falling within the Yellow Fever Belt.

The copy of the original air-ticket must be submitted on collection of the visa

 

 

TRAINING PURPOSES AND STUDY UP TO THREE MONTHS

Please note that any study related visit for up to three months will be regulated on a visitor’s visa, but for a visit longer than three months the applicant must apply for a study permit. In the case of practical training of a foreign student or in-house practical training of a foreign employee, the Act now makes provision for these persons to be regulated on study permits, irrespective of the period of their visit.

A duly completed visa application form (BI 84E) in English

Two coloured recent passport type photographs attached to the application in the space provided. (Photo specifications for visas).

A valid passport which must be valid for no less than 30 days after the expiry date of the intended duration of stay in the RSA

Two pages of the passport must be blank in order to affix the visa and for entry/departure endorsements

Copy of internal passport: identification pages only

Statement and/or documentation from the South African employer confirming the need for training, duration of stay and that the applicant will return to his current job on completion of his training. In case of study up to three months a letter from educational organisation stating purpose, duration of the course and confirmation of payment for the course must be submitted (certified copies, stamped by the Police, are acceptable)

Original letter from the company represented by the applicant stating purpose and duration of visit is required. If such letter also guarantees payment of all expenses, the confirmation of employment reflecting salary details and proof of financial means are not required.

Proof of financial means (must be submitted in case if there is no financial guarantee from the SA host or the company represented by the applicant): original bank or credit card statements for the last 3 months.

Visa processing fee 43 Euros.

Proof of flight itinerary

For minors: birth certificate and consent if not accompanied by parents: both documents must be translated and certified at the Public Notary

Vaccination certificate (yellow fever): is required if the applicants are entering South Africa from the countries falling within the Yellow Fever Belt.

The copy of the original air-ticket must be submitted on collection of the visa

 

SPORT PURPOSES

A duly completed visa application form (BI 84E) in English

Two coloured recent passport type photographs attached to the application in the space provided. (Photo specifications for visas).

A valid passport which must be valid for no less than 30 days after the expiry date of the intended duration of stay in the RSA

Two pages of the passport must be blank in order to affix the visa and for entry/departure endorsements

Copy of internal passport: identification pages only

Statement and/or documentation from the South African sport organisation, confirming detailed purpose and duration of visit (certified copies, stamped by the Police, are acceptable). If the South African sport organisation takes responsibility for all expenses, it must be confirmed in the letter of invitation.

A letter from the club/organisation, represented by the applicant stating purpose and period of visit (certified copies, stamped by the Police, are acceptable). If this club/organisation takes responsibility for all expenses, it must be confirmed in the letter.

Proof of financial means (must be submitted in case if there is no financial guarantee from the SA host or the   company represented by the applicant): original bank or credit card statements for the last 3 months

Visa processing fee  43 Euros.

Proof of flight itinerary

For minors: birth certificate and consent if not accompanied by parents: both documents must be translated and certified at the Public Notary

Vaccination certificate (yellow fever): is required if the applicants are entering South Africa from the countries falling within the Yellow Fever Belt.

The copy of the original air-ticket must be submitted on collection of the visa

 

RESEARCH (UP TO THREE MONTHS)

A duly completed visa application form (BI 84E) in English

Two coloured recent passport type photographs attached to the application in the space provided. (Photo specifications for visas).

A valid passport which must be valid for no less than 30 days after the expiry date of the intended duration of stay in the RSA

Two pages of the passport must be blank in order to affix the visa and for entry/departure endorsements

Copy of internal passport: identification pages only

Statement and/or documentation from South Africa, confirming detailed purpose and duration of visit: letter of invitation from the South African inviting organisation (certified copies, stamped by the Police, are acceptable). If the South African inviting organisation takes responsibility for all expenses, it must be confirmed in the letter of invitation.

Original letter from the company represented by the applicant stating purpose and duration of visit is required. If such letter also guarantees payment of all expenses, the confirmation of employment reflecting salary details and proof of financial means are not required.

Proof of financial means (must be submitted in case if there is no financial guarantee from the SA inviting organisation or the company represented by the applicant): original bank or credit card statements for the last 3 months

Visa processing fee 43 euros.

Proof of flight itinerary

Vaccination certificate (yellow fever): is required if the applicants are entering South Africa from the countries falling within the Yellow Fever Belt.

The copy of the original air-ticket must be submitted on collection of the visa

 

MEDICAL TREATMENT

Any medical related visit up to three months will be regulated on a visitor’s visa, but for a visit longer than three months the applicant must apply for a medical permit.

A duly completed visa application form (BI 84E) in English

Two coloured recent passport type photographs attached to the application in the space provided. (Photo specifications for visas).

A valid passport which must be valid for no less than 30 days after the expiry date of the intended duration of stay in the RSA

Two pages of the passport must be blank in order to affix the visa and for entry/departure endorsements

Copy of internal passport: identification pages only

A letter from the applicant’s medical practitioner or medical institution, indicating the reason/ necessity for treatment. The period of treatment and particulars of the treatment plans in the Republic.

Proof of funds available to cover cost of medical treatment.

Visa processing fee 43 Euros.

Proof of flight itinerary

For minors: birth certificate and consent if not accompanied by parents: both documents must be translated and certified at the Public Notary

Vaccination certificate (yellow fever): is required if the applicants are entering South Africa from the countries falling within the Yellow Fever Belt.

A repatriation guarantee may be requested.

The copy of the original air-ticket must be submitted on collection of the visa

 

INTENDED MARRIAGE (VISA VALID FOR 3 MONTHS)

A duly completed visa application form (BI 84E) in English

Two coloured recent passport type photographs attached to the application in the space provided. (Photo specifications for visas).

A valid passport which must be valid for no less than 30 days after the expiry date of the intended duration of stay in the RSA

Two pages of the passport must be blank in order to affix the visa and for entry/departure endorsements

Copy of internal passport: identification pages only

Statement and/or documentation from South Africa, confirming detailed purpose and duration of visit: original letter of invitation from the South African fiance, stating purpose of visit, origin of relationship, residing address in the RSA.

Original bank statement i.r.o. the SA host.

Copy of ID or immigration permit i.r.o. the SA host.

Proof of marital status i.r.o. the SA fiancé and the applicant

If accompanied by children born out of previous marriage – birth certificate i.r.o. the child and consent of biological father/mother that the child may accompany father/mother and may live permanently in the RSA (copies, certified and translated into English at the Public Notary must be submitted).

Visa processing fee 43 Euros.

Proof of flight itinerary (one way ticket is applicable)

Vaccination certificate (yellow fever): is required if the applicants are entering South Africa from the countries falling within the Yellow Fever Belt.

The copy of the original air-ticket must be submitted on collection of the visa

 

REQUIREMENTS FOR TRAVEL COMPANIES FOR REGISTRATION AT THE EMBASSY:

Introductory letter of the company on original letter-head contained full details (contact names and telephone numbers): in English.

In case the Travel Company is an operator – confirmation of registration at the Federal Tourism Register is required.

In case the Travel Company is an agency – confirmation of registration with Tax Inspection and confirmation of tourism activity in the Charter of the company is required.

 

Visa FEES

  • The prescribed fee is 43 Euro

SCHEDULE OF FEES

Fees applicable only in Belgium and Luxembourg (effective 1 April 2011)

 

Visas and Temporary Residence Permits

Visitor’s/Volunteer/Research/Sabbatical 43 Euro
Work/Exceptional Skills Permit 152 Euro
Student Exchange Permit 43 Euro
Cultural /economic/social exchange programme 43 Euro
Intra Company Transfer Permit 152 Euro
Medical Treatment Permit 43 Euro
Own Business 152 Euro
Quota Permit 152 Euro
Relative’s Permit – Spouses and Minor children of South African Citizens
and Permanent Residence holders
Free
Relative’s Permit – Adult family members of South African Citizens
and Permanent Residence holders
43 Euro
Retired Persons Permit 43 Euro
Study Permit 43 Euro
Treaty Permit 43 Euro
Repatriation Deposit 990 Euro

Passports and Travel Documents

Identity Document & Re-issue 12 Euro
Child Passport 34 Euro
Regular Passport 34 Euro
Maxi Passport 51 Euro
Emergency Travel Certificate 12 Euro
Temporary Passport 15 Euro
Replacement of valid passport that runs out of visa pages 34 Euro
Replacement of Lost Regular/Child/Maxi/Temporary Passports and Emergency Travel Certificate Double Fee

Citizenship

Application for Exemption in terms of Section 6(2)
Retention of South African Citizenship
25 Euro
Application for Exemption in terms of Section 26(4)
Exemption from Loss of South African Citizenship
25  Euro
Resumption of SA Citizenship in terms of section 13 of Act 88 of 1995 25 Euro
Issuing of duplicate citizenship certificate (including application for certificates issued in terms of Section 16 of Act 88 of 1995) 8 Euro

Civic Services

Birth/Marriage 6 Euro
Letter of confirmation of Marital Status 4 Euro
Change of Forename (major) 12 Euro
Change of Forename (Minor) 6 Euro
Change of Surname 27 Euro
Change of Surname(Minor) 6 Euro

All other permits and civic matters: By appointment only!

- Applications for a study/work/voluntary/ or permanent residence – permits
- Applications for a new South African passport – Birth registration – Identity Document – Marriage Certificate – Birth Certificate etc.
For application forms and all requirements, please forward an e-mail to brussels.consular@dirco.gov.za
Payment of deposits when applicable have to be done by bank payment to:
South African Embassy – Montoyerstraat 17 – 1000 Brussels – Bank acc. no: BE20 7350 2551 7856 – BIC KREDBEBB

Refund of deposit or payment of administrative fee

Refund of deposit: Submit your passport and original receipt of payment, refunds will only be done by bank transfer, please allow 2 weeks processing time.
Payment of administrative fee: letter from the Department of Home Affairs and your passport with relevant permit.

Important notice for South African citizens travelling with temporary passports:

Please be advised that temporary passports are not accepted by some countries. It is the responsibility of the traveller to inquire with the countries to be visited before applying for a temporary passport. The Embassy/Consulate accepts no liability in this regard.
The following countries, known to this Mission, will no longer accept South Africans travelling on a temporary passport: Belgium – France – Italy – Netherlands – Luxemburg – Greece – United Kingdom – Germany – Canada – Saudi Arabia – China

Important notice for South African citizens travelling to South Africa:

SOUTH AFRICAN CITIZENSHIP AMENDMENT ACT, 2004-10-25 (ACT NO. 17 OF 2004)
The Amendment act repealed section 9 of the South African Citizenship act, 1995, which regulated the use of the citizenship or nationality of another country by a South African dual citizen.
This inter alia means that the system of exemptions/letters of permission to make use of a foreign passport has now been terminated. No further applications in this regard may therefore be processed.
South African citizens MUST enter and leave South Africa on their South African passport.

Driver’s License

It is of vital importance that you are in possession of an international driver’s license, which can be applied for at your local Community.

Important information

-Allow 10 working days for processing of visa/permit applications.
-Application for a South African passport/Birth certificate etc. can take up to 5 months to be finalised by Home Affairs in Pretoria.
- Incomplete applications will not be accepted by the Embassy.

Registration of South Africans Abroad (ROSA)
For registrations of South Africans abroad please visit the website www.dirco.gov.za

Appointments
Address: South African Embassy – Rue Montoyer 17-19, 1000 Brussels
Visiting hours: Monday – Friday 09.00 – 12.00
BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
Telephone enquiries: Monday – Thursday 13.30 – 16.00
Friday 13.30 – 15.30
Telephone Numbers: Switchboard 00 32 (0) 22 85 44 53/64/92

After hours number – For Emergencies ONLY : 00 32 (0) 475 760270
Fax number: 00 32 (0) 25 14 25 05
E-mail: brussels.consular@dirco.gov.za