IMMIGRATION SERVICES FOR FOREIGN NATIONALS
08:30am – 12:00pm Monday – Friday
For the latest approved Consular Tariffs (fees) please consult the South African High Commission during office hours or Click Here
PLEASE TAKE NOTE: Immigration Act, 2002: Regulation 7(3) was changed with effect from July 2005: No application may be accepted from an applicant on a short term visit in a country other than his/her country of origin/residence.
Foreign nationals with long-term status in Malaysia may apply at the S.A High Commission in Malaysia.
Applications may be submitted in person or by a third party, authorised in writing, to do so. Application forms must be completed (not typed) and signed by the applicant himself/herself. The format of the forms may not be altered. Your passport or valid travel document must be valid for no less than 30 days after the expiry of your intended visit and have at least two unused page for visa, entry/departure endorsements.
Applicants may be required to visit the Consular Section for an interview and/or submit additional documentation to prove the bona fides of the visit over and above the basic requirements.
Any applicant allowed in the RSA due to misrepresentation or false declaration in the application form or applicant who sojourns in the RSA in contravention of his/her permit conditions shall be guilty of an offence and liable for a conviction, fine or imprisonment as an illegal foreigner.
PASSPORT HOLDERS WHO ARE EXEMPT FROM VISAS FOR SOUTH AFRICA
To determine if you need a visa, please refer to the list of visa exempt countries on the website of the Department of Home Affairs –
N.B Malaysian Passport Holders do not require visitor’s visas for visits of business or holiday up to 30 days. Please ensure that you have at least two unused pages in your passport.
Foreigners subject to South African visa control must be in possession of valid and acceptable passports/travel documents and visas. Visas are not issued at South African ports of entry and must be obtained at the South African Missions abroad prior to travel. If you arrive without a visa, immigration officials are obliged to put you onto a flight back to your home country.
Visitor’s visas issued will be for a ‘single entry’, unless motivated why a multiple entry must be issued. It is also for a specific period (from date of entry) and contains an expiry date.
Visitors’ visas are for international travellers (citizens of other countries) who have permanent residence outside South Africa and who wish to visit the Republic of South Africa on a temporary basis for holiday (tourism), business or transit purposes for a period of 90 days or less.
South African visitors’ visas may be granted for:
- visits to family or friends
- tourism purposes (holiday)
- business purposes
- spouse to join a spouse who is in South Africa on a work or study permit
- children to join parents who are in South Africa on work or study permits
- fiancée/fiancé to join his or her partner with the intension of marrying within 90 days
- study purposes (max stay 3-months)
- charitable or voluntary activities
- to work in the production of an movie or show (i.e. in the entertainment industry)
- for medical purposes (max stay 3-months)
- sport events
Visa processing is at least 5-10 full working days and may take longer if referred to country of origin. Only complete applications are processed. The onus is on the applicant to apply in time.
Only in emergency cases (death or medical) with proof of the urgent situation may the processing period be shorter. No other requests will be considered.
Foreign nationals, who require Visas that are valid for longer periods (e.g. one year), must apply in their country of origin.
REQUIREMENTS FOR SA VISITOR’S VISA (HOLIDAY OR BUSINESS) OR TRANSIT VISA:
- Application form for Visa (BI-84) (Forms completed in English and in black ink).
- Two (2) identical recent colour passport photos.
- Passport valid for no less than 30 days after the expiry of intended visit, with two (2) unused pages.
- Confirmation of long term residence status (PR Card /Employment Pass/ Work permit, etc.) and employment in Malaysia.
- Payment of the prescribed fee paid in cash, if applicable.
- Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate, (if travelling to or from a Yellow Fever Zone). See link below.
- Proof of onward air/sea transport ticket or road transport.
- Proof of admissibility (visa) in the foreign country of onward ticket.
- Confirmation of accommodation at a hotel or guest house in SA for all dates.
- If visiting a friend in South Africa, provide a signed invitation letter from the SA hosts. It should include the full name, SA ID number, full address, contact number, email and certified copies of host’s ID or passport and permit (non-SA). The person must also confirm if he/she is responsible for your accommodation, meals, transport and if needed, the repatriation costs.
- For minors: birth certificate and letter of consent if not accompanied by parents.
- A refundable repatriation deposit of S$ 3000.00 may be required.
- Proof of financial means: to pay for your living expenses while in South Africa in the form of:
- Bank statements (original pages for the last 3 months)
- Undertakings by the host(s) in South Africa (mentioned in his/her letter)
- Undertakings by Malaysia company to pay all your expenses
- Medical cover or
- Travellers’ cheques
Please provide the following, in addition to above requirements:
- Signed original letter from employer in Malaysia reflecting salary, position in company and leave granted for the period of visit or reason for travel.
- Confirmation letter of tour or booked holiday itinerary.
Business purposes (including Conferences).
Please provide the following, in addition to above requirements:
- Signed original letter from employer in Malaysia confirming employment, position in company, reason for travel, duration of visit and if they are financially responsible for you. Please also indicate other possible visits to South Africa in the next 3 months (90 days).
- Letter from the registered company in South Africa that you will visit, duration of visit, reason for visit and/or letter of confirmation/participation at the Conference. The company registration number and full contact details (telephone numbers, email, street address, etc.) must be on the letter.
All foreigners from non-visa exempt countries, travelling en-route South Africa to neighbouring countries (Lesotho, Swaziland, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Mozambique) will require a transit visa.
- Please submit a BI-84 application form with all the relevant requirements for a Visitor’s Visa above.
- The processing time for a transit visa is at least 5 full working days.
Passport holders, who transit a South African port of entry en-route to any other country, may do so without the need to apply for a transit visa.
For general information about South African Visas –
TEMPORARY RESIDENCE PERMIT (TRP) INFORMATION
Temporary residence permits are issued to applicants who intend to visit South Africa for a longer period of time to work or study.
Types of Permits
- Business Permit
- General Work Permit
- Intra-Company Transfer Work Permit
- Study Permit
- Exchange Permits
- Treaty Permit
- Relative’s Permit
- Medical Permit
- Retired Person’s Permit
- Quota Work Permit
- Corporate Permit
- Exceptional Skills Work Permit
For more information and basic requirements –
Applicants may be required to visit the Consular Section for an interview and/or submit additional documentation over and above the basic requirements.
Permit Processing is at least 15 -30 full working days and may take longer, if referred to country of origin. Only complete applications are processed.The onus is on the applicant to apply in time.
Permit applicants must arrive at the High Commission for submission before 12h00during Consular hours.
DOWNLOAD OF FORMS
Application forms must be completed in black ink, not typed or re-typed and signed by the applicant himself/herself. The format of the forms may not be altered. Each passport holder must submit an application form and parents may complete and sign on behalf of their children.
- Application for a Visa BI-84
Example of Application for a Temporary Residence Permit BI-1738 (submit original form*)
- Medical report BI-801
- Radiological report BI-806
- Yellow Fever Policy -http://www.doh.gov.za/docs/policy/2011/draft_yellowfever.pdf
*The temporary residence permit form (BI-1738) is for guidance only and printed forms will not be accepted. Please visit the SAHC Consular Section during consular hours to obtain an ORIGINAL APPLICATION FORM. The employer’s company in SA may complete ’Part P’ (pages 9-11) and fax/email scanned copies to the consular section.
Please visit the website of the South African Department of Home Affairs for more information on Immigration Services –