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South Africa’s Electronic Visa (eVisa) system is in the process of being launched and will by ready by March 2022. It will allow visitors from 15 countries to obtain your e-Visa quickly and easily online.

At the time of launch, citizens of the following countries will be eligible to apply: Cameroon, China, DR Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, India, Iran, Mexico, Nigeria, Philippines, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Uganda.

Once the system is officially launched, Byevisa will be a quick and easy way to get your South Africa travel authorisation. Until then, those who require a visa must apply in person at an embassy or consulate.

All About the South Africa Visa

Many countries don’t require an authorisation to be obtained in advance to visit South Africa. If you’re from Australia, Canada, Europe, the US, New Zealand, the UK or more countries listed below, a visa is not required for stays up to 90 days.

For those who do need a visa, its validity period and how long you can stay will depend on your nationality.

The government fee for the eVisa authorisation also depends on your nationality. Byevisa charges an additional processing fee because we handle your paperwork on your behalf. Our prices start at just 25 USD.

Keep reading below for more information about how to apply for your South Africa eVisa with Byevisa.

Is There a Difference Between an eVisa and a South Africa Visa on Arrival (VoA)?

Yes. An Electronic Visa (eVisa) is a travel authorisation that you apply for online before your trip. It saves you time and hassle from having to fill out paperwork at a consulate or embassy. Byevisa is the smartest choice to apply for your eVisa online. We process your paperwork on your behalf, and when it’s approved we send your authorisation to you by email.

By comparison, a Visa on Arrival (VoA) is an authorisation that you obtain when you arrive to the country, in the airport or at a border checkpoint, without needing to apply in advance. South Africa does not offer the option of a Visa on Arrival, making it necessary for many visitors to obtain a visa in advance. However, some nationalities such as the US and the UK may enter without applying for an authorisation.

South Africa Visa Requirements and Eligibility

You may be asking yourself if you need a visa for South Africa. You can find out what type of visa you need by selecting your nationality and destination in our web checker tool here:

Read below to see more about who’s eligible for an eVisa and the requirements for visitors to South Africa.

eVisa Eligible Nationalities

Once the e-Visa launches in March 2022, 15 nationalities will be eligible to apply:

  • Cameroon, China, DR Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, India, Iran, Mexico, Nigeria, Philippines, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Uganda

We highlight below the nationalities that are exempt from visa requirements, as well as the nationalities that must apply in person at an embassy. When the new e-Visa system is fully launched, some tourists who were previously visa-exempt or needed an embassy visa may have to apply for an eVisa.

Requirements for all visitors: 

  • You must have a passport that is valid for a minimum of 30 days after you plan to leave South Africa. Your passport must have 2 consecutive blank pages available for stamping.
  • Any visitors coming from a country with a yellow fever risk must be vaccinated, and you need to present your vaccination certificate as part of your application. You can see the list of countries with yellow fever risk on the World Health Organisation’s website.
  • If you’re travelling with a child under the age of 18, you need to present a birth certificate that lists you as the parent of the child. If the child is traveling with 1 parent, you must present an affidavit giving the other parent’s consent for the child to travel.
  • You also need to present proof that you have sufficient funds for your stay, as well as your return air ticket confirmation.

Visa-Exempt Countries for up to 90 Days

If you’re a citizen of one of the following visa-free countries for South Africa, you don’t need a visa and may stay for up to 90 days:

  • Andorra, Angola, Anguilla, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bermuda, Botswana, Brazil, British Antarctic Territory, British Indian Ocean Territory, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ducie and Oeno Islands, Ecuador, Falkland Islands, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Guernsey, Henderson, Iceland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jersey, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malta, Monaco, Montserrat, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Pitcairn Islands, Portugal, Qatar, Russia, Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha, Gough Island, St Vincent & the Grenadines, San Marino, São Tomé and Príncipe, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Singapore, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, Trinidad & Tobago, Tunisia, Turks and Caicos Islands, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Venezuela, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Visa-Exempt Countries for up to 30 Days

Also, these nationalities may enter visa-free for up to 30 days:

  • Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Benin, Bolivia, Cape Verde, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Eswatini, Gabon, Guyana, Hong Kong, Hungary, Jordan, Lesotho, Macau, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Mozambique, Peru, Poland, South Korea, Thailand, and Turkey.

Nationalities Eligible for an Embassy Visa

Currently, all of the nationalities listed below need to apply for a visa at an embassy or consulate. When the new eVisa system is launched, many of these will be able to apply for an authorisation online.

Bosnia and Herzegovina
Burkina Faso
Central African Republic
Côte d’Ivoire
Dominican Republic
DR of Congo
El Salvador
Equatorial Guinea

Faroe Islands
French Guiana

North Korea
Puerto Rico
Sierra Leone
South Sudan
Sri Lanka

South Africa Visa Application Process

Once the South Africa eVisa system is ready, Byevisa is here to guide you through our easy application process. All you need to do is the following:

  1. Complete our application form with some details about yourself that match your passport data. We also ask for travel information like where you’re staying and your arrival and departure dates. You must also provide required documents.
  2. With Byevisa you make 1 easy payment for the government’s visa fee and our processing fee. We offer 3 service speeds of 15, 17 or 19 business days.
  3. After submitting your application, Byevisa processes it in the timeframe you selected.
  4. We send your eVisa directly to your email inbox once it’s approved. You need to print out this authorisation to show to immigration officials upon arrival.
South Africa Visa Application Form and Documents

It’s simple to complete your online application with Byevisa. You can do so from anywhere in the world, as long as you have an internet connection. Below we outline all the steps of the application process.

1. Choose your nationality and your destination (South Africa) from the eligibility checker.

2. If you’re eligible, you can begin your application. You fill in the following required fields, including:

  • The email address where you want us to send your eVisa.
  • Your full name as it appears in your passport.
  • The dates of your arrival and departure.
  • Your gender.
  • Your birth date.
  • The country where you were born.
  • Your nationality.

If you’re travelling with other people, there’s an option to add new applicants. This lets you fill in the accompanying members’ information.

3. Review all your application details, and then proceed to enter your payment information. Here you enter either a debit/credit card number or choose to pay via PayPal. Then you are ready to submit the form.

4. As soon as your application is approved, we send your eVisa directly to your email inbox. You must print this eVisa document to present to immigration authorities when you arrive.

Please be aware you may need to provide the following documents:

  • A scan of your passport bio page.
  • A passport photo.
  • Your hotel reservation or other proof of your accommodation arrangements.
  • Your travel itinerary.
  • A recent bank statement.
  • Your yellow fever vaccination certificate if required.
  • Other documents, if required.

How to Check Your South Africa Visa Status Online

Your evisa is sent directly to your email inbox. However, if you need assistance with South Africa visa tracking, you can contact our customer support team. We’re here to help.

Click the ‘Log In’ section from the main menu and fill out the following information:

  • Your email address.
  • Your order ID number from when you applied.

From there, you can send us a message explaining the issue, and a customer support agent will respond as soon as possible.

How Much Does a South Africa Visa Cost?

The South Africa visa fee for the new eVisa has not been announced, but we do know that it will depend on your nationality.

Here at Byevisa, our fee varies according to how quickly you want us to process your application. Our service speeds are Standard, Rapid, and Highly Rapid.

  • Standard service has a fee of 25 USD and we process your eVisa in 19 business days.
  • Rapid service costs 40 USD and processing takes 17 business days.
  • With our Highly Rapid service you pay 50 USD and we process it in the shortest possible time of 15 business days.

More South Africa Visa Questions and Information

Do you have more questions about how to get a visa for this nation of natural wonders? Below you can find the answers to some frequently asked questions.

South Africa will launch its eVisa system in March 2022. At that point, citizens of the following 15 countries will be able to apply: Cameroon, China, DR Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, India, Iran, Mexico, Nigeria, Philippines, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Uganda.
It is not clear at this time what the eVisa options will be for each nationality. We will update this information when it becomes available.
Yes, Indians will be eligible for the South Africa eVisa when this launches in March 2022.
Our shortest available processing time is 15 business days with our Highly Rapid service, so it’s necessary to complete your application well in advance to give ample time for processing.
If you have a second nationality, you should apply with the passport that you plan to travel with. Also, you may need to include information about your other nationality in your application, including the country and the date you acquired citizenship.
It’s important to check all your application information and supporting documents to make sure your data is correct before submitting it. Any missing or incorrect information could lead to your application being denied. If this happens, reach out to us to find out how to re-submit your application.
The South Africa visa processing time is between 15 and 19 business days. You can choose the service speed at the time of your application.
The validity period varies depending on the country your passport is from. We will provide more information when it becomes available.
Yes, you must print the travel authorisation that we send you by email. This document is what you need to present to immigration authorities, along with your passport, to be able to enter the country.
We will include an example of the eVisa for you to see when the authorisation becomes available.
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