Visa application forms
Listed below are the forms that you will need to complete in order to apply for your visa or permit. Please note that the exact documentation that needs to be provided with your application is listed on the separate page for each visa or permit on this site. All forms are available from the Department of Home Affairs, or on this page. Below the forms is more information about applying for your VISA.
Click on the form number to see or download the form.
|All types of visas||BI-84|
|Medical treatment visa||BI-1784 (not available online)|
|All temporary residence visas||BI-1738|
|Permanent residence permit||BI-947|
|Refugee/Asylum seeker visa||BI-1590|
In addition to the forms above, you may also have to submit a medical and radiological report. The correct forms for these are as follows, as issued by the Department of Home Affairs.
Applying for a visa to visit South Africa
Most non-South African citizens wishing to enter South Africa must have a valid visa. The visa states the purpose and duration of the visit.
Requirements for entering South Africa
Before you will be allowed to enter South Africa, you need to have:
- a valid and acceptable passport / travel document which covers the period that you intend to stay in the country
- a valid visa, if required
- sufficient funds
- a return / onward ticket
- a yellow fever certificate if you are travelling through the yellow fever belt of Africa or South America.
Who needs to apply for a VISA to South Africa?
People who do not have South African passports need to apply for visas. This includes people who want to come to South Africa for a holiday or for business.
However visitors who have passports from the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (including the British Islands Bailiwick of Guernsey and Jersey, Isle of Mann and Virgin Islands, the Republic of Ireland as well as British Overseas Territories) are totally exempt from South African visa control and do not need visas for any purpose.
Also, visitors from certain other countries are exempt from the visa requirements under certain conditions.
Where can you apply for a VISA?
You must organise a visa before you come to South Africa. You cannot apply for a visa at South African ports of entry. If there is a South African diplomatic or consular representative in your country, then you must not submit your visa application to them, but to the VFS (Visa Facilitation Services) center nearest to you.
Arrival in South Africa
Remember you cannot apply for a visa when you arrive in South Africa. Once you get to the South African port of entry, e.g. Johannesburg International Airport, you will be given a temporary residence visa, which replaces your visa and states how long you may stay in the country.
This temporary residence visa must be kept valid and an application for extension (BI-159) can be submitted at any regional or district office of the Department of Home Affairs in South Africa.
How to apply for a VISA
To apply for a visa, you need to:
- submit the application form
- show your passport (or provide certified copies if the application is posted)
- provide two passport photographs
- pay the R425.00 or US$47 or £43 visa fee, if applicable (refer to the list of countries subject to visa fees), and
- show that you have booked an air ticket.
If a business visa is applied for, you also need to provide a letter of invitation from the South African company to be visited, as well as a letter from your company.
For any further questions, please use the contact form in the sidebar or on our contact page.