Apply for a visa
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Identify visa type
Choose the right visa for your trip
The first step is to determine which visa type you need, and check whether you’re eligible to apply for it.
You’ll also need to know the documents that you’ll have to submit along with your application, how long the application might take and fees you’ll have to pay.
Each application must comply with the guidelines applicable for your visa category.
If your documents are not in English, you may need to get translations prepared before applying.
Begin your application
Get started with your visa application
When you are ready to apply, download your visa application form here or from the South African High Commission website.
Once you have downloaded your visa application form, complete it, print the completed form, and bring it with you to the Visa Application Centre for submission.
You can call us directly at 09057650123 (calls will be charged at 75 pence per minute in addition to your normal network charges) during standard business hours, to know more about the visa application process.
You should submit your visa application not more that 90 days prior to your desired travel date.
Applicants requiring special physical assistance can call us before they visit the Visa Application Centre.
Please note that only applicants and carers/assistants will be permitted to enter the centre.
Book an appointment
Choose a Visa Application Centre and make an appointment
Once you have applied for your visa, you need to book an appointment to have your fingerprints and photo taken at a Visa Application Centre. This is known as ‘biometric information’.
Once you’ve booked your appointment, you’ll receive an appointment confirmation email along with the letter of appointment.
If you are part of a family or group, you’ll have to book individual appointments for each member of the family or group.
Pay your fees
Find out the amount you need to pay
Once you have made your application, you will need to pay your visa application fee. If you are applying online for your visa, your payment will be made as part of this process. If you download the form to print and bring to the Visa Application Centre, payment can be made at the time of your appointment.
You’ll need to pay the service charges online when booking an appointment.
Visit a Visa Application Centre
Attend your scheduled appointment
Track your application
Stay informed about the progress of your application
You will receive an email update when your decision has been returned to the Visa Application Centre. If you can’t access email easily, or would like more detailed tracking information, you may also be able to get updates by SMS sent directly to your phone. Check whether this service is available at the Visa Application Centre you are visiting.
You can also track your visa application status online. Use the Reference Number present on the invoice/receipt issued by the Visa Application Centre along with your last name to access this service.
Collect your passport
Receive your passport from the Visa Application Centre
After a visa application decision has been made, you can pick up your documents from the Visa Application Centre or have your documents returned to you by courier for an additional fee. For some Visa Application Centres your documents will only be returned via courier.
Collecting your documents in person: bring the receipt issued by the Visa Application Centre and a form of Government identification. If permitted you may be able to send a representative to collect your documents; they will need to present a letter of authorisation signed by you, bring the receipt issued to you by the Visa Application Centre and their Government identification.
Please check with the Visa Application Centre at time of your appointment for the options available to collect your documents.
You can visit the Visa Application Centre anytime between 16:00 to 17:00 from Monday to Friday, except public holidays to collect your passport.
If you want to collect your passport earlier than the standard time, click here to gather more information.
There is no provision for passport collection for applicants whoes documents are processed at the Manchester or Edinburgh.
The DX Securemail courier will deliver the passport back to the applicants.
Click here, to view the format of the Authorization Letter.
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