South Africa Visa Procurement

Visa Procurement

Please be aware that visa requirements are subject to change and visa procurement is the responsibility of the traveller and not On The Go Tours. You should you contact your local South African embassy, consulate or a reputable visa handling company for the most up to date South Africa visa information before you travel. Please also ensure that your passport is valid for at least 6 months from your planned date of departure from South Africa.

South Africa Visa Requirements

Most nationalities, including UK, USA, Canadian and Australian passport holders, do not require a visa to visit South Africa for up to 90 days. New Zealand passport holders require a visa. For further information regarding entry please see below.

If you are a passport holder of another nationality, check Project Visa for more information on visa requirements for South Africa.

South Africa Visa Requirements for

NZ Residents

Since 16th January 2017 all New Zealand passport holders have been required to obtain a visa prior to travelling to South Africa.

If travelling to South Africa with us you will need to let us know you are travelling on a New Zealand passport and we will arrange for a letter confirming your tour and accommodation in South Africa to be sent to you so you can include this on your visa application.

Please be aware that certain tours do depart and re-enter South Africa. If you're travelling on one of these tours you will need to obtain a multiple entry visa for South Africa.

Applicants who wish to apply for visas to visit South Africa no longer need to travel to the High Commission in Wellington but instead will need to visit the South African Visa Application Centres (run by VFS Global) in Wellington or Auckland. These two centres are responsible for receiving all applications from 14 February 2017.

The new VFS Global Visa Application Centres (VAC) will offer an easier, more accessible visa application process for applicants with the help of an appointment-based system, easy fee collection, along with a secure dispatch system. Walk-ins will also be accommodated. The South African High Commission remains the sole authority for processing and issuing visas.

New Zealand passport holders in Australia do not have to travel to New Zealand and can apply for visas at the South African High Commission in Canberra, they need only present a bill from their municipality or telephone account indicating their residence in Australia. Those in other countries can also submit their applications at the nearest South African Embassy, High Commission or local VFS VAC.

South African High Commission
Level 7, State Insurance Tower
1 Willis Street
Wellington, 6011
New Zealand
Tel:+64 (4) 815 8484

South African Visa Application Centre (Auckland)
Regus Business Centre
Plaza Level
Shortland Street
Auckland, 1010
New Zealand
Tel:+64 (9) 363 9616

South African Visa Application Centre (Wellington)
Regus Wellington
Plimmer Towers
Level 31 Plimmer Towers
2-6 Gilmer Terrace Wellington, 6011
New Zealand
Tel:+64 (9) 363 9616

Under 18s Travelling To Or Transiting In South Africa

Parents travelling with children (under 18) into or out of South Africa, or transiting in South Africa will be asked to show the child’s unabridged (full) birth certificate which lists the child’s details and both parents’ details. The abridged (short) birth certificate which only lists the child’s details won’t be accepted. Uncertified copies of birth certificates or copies of the parents/guardians identification will not be accepted. A parental contact affidavit (PCA) must have a certified copy of the parent’s/guardian’s identification (ie passport) attached to it.

Where only one parent is accompanying a child, parental or legal consent for the child to travel (eg an affidavit from the other parent or – if applicable – a death certificate) is required and there are other requirements for children travelling unaccompanied or with adults who are not their parents.

If you are travelling with children (under 18) it is essential that you contact the South African High Commission or the South African Department of Home Affairs for further information relating to these regulations. If you do not carry the correct documentation you will not be allowed to enter the country. Obtaining the correct paperwork is the responsibility of the traveller and not On The Go Tours.

See Also

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