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South Africa’s Electronic Visa (eVisa) system is in the process of being launched and should be ready soon. It will allow visitors from a number of countries to quickly and easily obtain a South Africa tourist visa online.
The online visa system is currently being offered only to citizens of Kenya and India who are entering through the Lanseria or Tambo airports. It is expected to be available to other nationalities later in in the coming months. When 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 eVisa
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.
- 1 Is There a Difference Between an eVisa and a South Africa Visa on Arrival (VoA)?
- 2 South Africa Visa Requirements and Eligibility
- 3 South Africa Visa Application Process
- 4 How to Check Your South Africa Visa Status Online
- 5 How Much Does a South Africa Visa Cost?
- 6 More South Africa Visa Questions and Information
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.
Currently, only Kenyan and Indian citizens are eligible to apply for an eVisa. 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 may need 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.
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.
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.
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
Central African Republic
DR of Congo
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:
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.
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.
After submitting your application, Byevisa processes it in the timeframe you selected.
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.
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.