South African Business Travel Requirements for US Citizens

A visa is not required for a stay of up to 90 days. Traveler must be in possession of a passport valid for 6 months beyond stay and a round-trip airline ticket. A visa may be required if trip purpose is other than basic business meetings.

Passport Requirements:

Original, signed passport valid for 6 months beyond stay, and with at least two blank visa page available for stamps. Amendment pages in the back of the passport are not suitable for these stamps.

Proof Of Departure:

Confirmed round-trip or onward airline ticket.

The US State Department strongly encourages American citizens planning international travel to register with the US Embassy(s) in the countries they plan to visit.

South African Tourist Travel Requirements for US Citizens

A visa is not required for a stay of up to 90 days. Traveler must be in possession of a passport valid for 6 months beyond stay and a round-trip airline ticket.

Passport Requirements:

Original, signed passport valid for 6 months beyond stay, and with at least two blank visa page available for stamps. Amendment pages in the back of the passport are not suitable for these stamps.

Proof Of Departure:

Confirmed round-trip airline tickets.

The US State Department strongly encourages American citizens planning international travel to register with the US Embassy(s) in the countries they plan to visit.

South African Transit Travel Requirements for US Citizens

A visa is not required to transit through this destination. Traveler must be in possession of a valid passport and onward ticket.

Passport Requirements:

Original, signed passport valid for 6 months beyond stay, and with at least two blank visa page available for stamps. Amendment pages in the back of the passport are not suitable for these stamps.

Proof Of Departure:

Confirmed onward airline ticket.

Other Requirements:

Valid onward destination visas (if applicable).

The US State Department strongly encourages American citizens planning international travel to register with the US Embassy(s) in the countries they plan to visit.

South African Student Visa Requirements for US Citizens

A valid passport and visa are required to travel to this destination.

Passport Requirements:

Original, signed passport valid for 6 months beyond stay, with at least one blank visa page available for visa stamp(s). Amendment pages in the back of the passport are not suitable for visa stamps.

South African Visa Application Form:

One signed South Africa visa application form plus one copy.
Improperly completed South Africa visa application forms may delay the processing of your South Africa visa.

Photo Requirements:

Two recent 2 x 2 passport type photographs, in color, front view and with a plain/white background.

OR – you can upload a passport photo to the Global Service Order Form when you place your order, instead of providing physical passport photos.

Other Forms:

A copy of birth certificate.

Proof Of Departure:

Computer generated flight itinerary from the airline or travel agency or copy of airline tickets.

Criminal Record:

State police clearance certificate for all applicants 18 years of age or older, from all previous countries of residence for a period exceeding one year.

Minors:

Applicants under the age of 21 (under 18 if applying in New York or Los Angeles), not traveling with both parents or a legal guardian, must provide a notarized letter of consent signed by the non-accompanying parent(s) or guardian authorizing the South African consulate to issue a visa to the minor. A copy of the applicant’s birth certificate and guardianship or custody agreement documents are also required.

Financial Requirements:

Proof of financial means in the form of bank statement or notarized letter from the parents stating financial responsibility.

Other Requirements:

An official letter from the institution confirming provisional acceptance and duration of the course or an official letter of provisional enrollment from the institution of learning concerned.

Special Instructions:

A repatriation deposit of $1500.00 in case of all applicants studying in South Africa for one year or more. Important: the applicant must keep the money order receipt, the deposit will not be returned by the South African Consulate without the receipt. Chinese Visa Express will not be able to provide a copy of this receipt if lost.

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South African Visa Processing Time:
South Africa visas are usually processed in 10 plus business days. Rush or Emergency visa service may be available for additional fees. Please visit our “South Africa Consular Fees and Visa Processing Options” link for details.

The US State Department strongly encourages American citizens planning international travel to register with the US Embassy(s) in the countries they plan to visit.

In order to ensure that visa applications for most embassies/consulates are submitted on the day that we receive them, they should be shipped to us via FedEx Priority Overnight (not First Overnight or Standard Overnight).

Non-refundable tickets or reservations should not be purchased until all visas and passports are secured and in your possession.