The Republic of South Africa, a country located at the southern tip of Africa

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How long do appeals on South African overstay bans usually take to process?

I was recently deemed an undesirable person by South African home affairs as I left the country a day after my visa had expired. They told me I am banned for 12 months. I plan on appealing this ...
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Is a medical form required for a short-term visit to South Africa for a conference?

I am flying to South Africa in few days. I have a valid short-term visa (20 days) . I saw this just now http://www.vfsglobal.com/southafrica/india/conferences.html and below that http://www.vfsglobal....
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Required vaccinations for South Africa and how much time before?

I was looking at VFS application and there it said that you need yellow fever vaccination ONLY if you are visiting South Africa for more than 3 months. Fortunately, for me as I'm on a conference ...
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What are defined as goods breaking copyright laws and how are they determined?

I read https://south-africa.visahq.com/customs/#!import-regulations . In the Prohibited section it is written • Goods breaking copyrights laws now my lappy does have a variety of movies, music and ...
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Would taking my used laptop to South Africa attract an import duty?

I will be traveling BOM (India) – DOH (Qatar) – CPT (South Africa) and return. I plan to take my personal/work laptop or if it is too much hassle (for customs bit) then leave it behind in ...
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things to plan for before traveling [closed]

Would be going to South-Africa from India. List of the things already done :- a.Print E-ticket b.Scan and photocopy the whole of passport c.Buy clothes for travel d.Got valid visa with enough ...
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Emigrating to Netherlands from ZA, how to get proof of residence in ZA? [closed]

In the next few weeks I will be moving to Amsterdam to work for an indefinite amount of time. To apply for the 30% ruling in the Netherlands I need some sort of government form that says I have been a ...
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Applying for a transit visa when travelling from South Africa to Dublin and transiting through Dubai [closed]

I am a South African traveling from South Africa to Dublin and transiting through Dubai. I know I need a transit visa. Do I apply twice for a transit visa going to Dublin and three weeks later coming ...
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Extension of conference/business visa for 17 days instead of 10 days for South Africa - New Application?

I have been granted a visa for conference 10 days but both my flight and the conference will run much longer - 17 days to be exact. I have tried calling the consulate-general office to talk to ...
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Visa label with alphanumeric number at back of passport, what does it mean?

I just got my passport back from visa-processing. It contains a visa-label with a bar-code and alphanumeric code. Does that mean I've a valid visa for South Africa ? If yes, how could I find more ...
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Irregular desposits and bank statements for short-term visa for South Africa [duplicate]

I saw this great Q&A and realized I parked funds unwittingly and shared that while doing my visa-application. The thing is, I am a freelancer and do both check and cash transactions with my ...
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Could I have approached South African Embassy without going through VFSGlobal for faster visa processing and news updates?

I just went through this question . Would it have been a good idea to visit the consul-general's office in Mumbai to apply for a short stay conference visa in South Africa or is vfsglobal the only ...
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Can I have my flight tickets reimbursed when traveling to South Africa on a tourist visa?

This question came in -part due to this question. I'll be traveling to South Africa for an open-source conference for which I'll get my flight-tickets reimbursed at the end of the conference. Could/...
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Tourist visa or conference/business visa for south-africa

I have been reading various posts about visa confusion and specially this one is pretty close to my issue. I will be traveling to South-Africa for less than 90 days to attend an open-source conference....
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Student visa expired 1 month before final exams [closed]

I am studying on a student visa in South Africa and just noticed that the visa has an earlier expiry date than that asked for when I applied. The embassy even had my return flight when I applied and ...
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Overstaying Tourist Visa by One Day in South Africa [duplicate]

Will be studying/conducting unpaid research in South Africa for 90 days this summer, and need to leave by next week. I will be there with funding from a scholarship provided by my university. Having ...
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How to intentionally get denied visa to the South Africa, without getting into trouble? [closed]

I was going to study abroad in South Africa in summer but there was a change of plan and I couldn't go anymore. However, I have to pay 50% of fee if I want to cancel the program. The only way to not ...
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Regarding travelers who have over stayed their visa expiration— [duplicate]

I recently visited Cape Town, SA. and during my stay I pushed my departure date back and eventually overstayed my visa allowance. I have been declared undesirable in South Africa on my American ...
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I overstayed in South Africa and was banned. How long do I have to wait before I can re-enter the country? [duplicate]

I overstayed my 90 day stay in South Africa by 2 days before leaving for Namibia. The officials wanted me to sign a one-year ban which I did not sign. I now need to re-enter South Africa again only ...
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As an Australian driving in South Africa, what differences in traffic or road rules do I need to know?

As an Australian driving in South Africa, what differences in traffic or road rules do I need to know? I'm interested in: any differences in rules any differences in usually accepted practices any ...
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Is it possible to get a South African visa in the US without visiting the consulate?

We want to visit SA together after getting married. From what I've heard, Chinese (PRC) citizens need to get a visa in person at the SA consulate. Unfortunately we live in San Francisco and the ...
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South Africa for students [closed]

I've planned to travel to South Africa this year, around August. I've joined a group of 6 friends of mine and actually we're in the dark about everything that concerns security, prices and guides in ...
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If I re-enter South Africa from my home country will I get another 90 days? [duplicate]

Last week I got back from a three week trip to SA. My passport got stamped upon arrival, the visa is valid until the 1st of March. I would like to return to SA in January and stay for about 5 months. ...
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Last name misspelled on visa to south africa

My last name was misspelled on the visa, the embassy wrote Zeeny while on the first page of the passport it is written Zeenny, should I be concerned? I am flying out on monday and the consulate is ...
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Is it possible to get from Johannesburg to Cathedral Peak in 1 day using public transport?

I want to go from Johannesburg to Harrismith using Greyhound or similar bus company (leaving early in the morning and arriving midday), From Harrismith to Bergville using a minibus-taxi, And finally ...
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French visa confusion

I currently hold a multi entry Schengen visa that is valid until May. I have used up my 90 days for this 6 month period staying with my parents who have recently emigrated tho France. I am now moving ...
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Staying in Johannesburg for a few months: how safe am I as a white person?

South Africa has always fascinated me, due to its insane history. I've thought about doing an internship there, and I've now wanted to gather a bit more information. How safe am I, as a Caucasian ...
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How to count expiry date for multi entry visa South Africa [duplicate]

My friend has multi entry visa for South Africa. As per visa he can stay from 90 days if he enters before 'Arrive before' date. He entered South Africa and went to neighboring country and came back. ...
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bringing a watch valued at 137.32 Dollar into South Africa

i have a watch that was bought through Amazon by a friend who is in South Africa and was sent to me as Amazon does not ship to South Africa. the intention is that i bring the watch with me in my hand ...
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Entering Europe with a Portuguese passport from South-Africa [duplicate]

I am a South-African citizen but a descendant of a Portuguese grandfather on my father's side. Now I have already found out that I can do my Portuguese passport through my father and I am in the ...
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Information about transit visa [duplicate]

I will be traveling to South Africa from Marseille to heathrow terminal 3 (london) and will wait for 2hours before my outwards flight from terminal 2 to South Africa. Do I need a transit visa?
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South African Travel agent wants to see my passport - I live in the UK [duplicate]

My friends in South Africa are purchasing a round trip plane ticket for me in December 2015. I'll be flying from London to Durban and back to London and their travel agent wants to see my Passport. I ...
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Do travelers entering South Africa from Zambia need a Yellow Fever Certificate?

Zambia was known to have a risk of yellow fever but I understand that currently it has been declared yellow fever free. What I would like to know is if South Africa needs the Yellow Fever Certificate ...
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Is it true you must not stop at Red lights in South Africa while driving?

If it is true, are there any rules of thumb about where you should and shouldn't do it.
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Can I use 2 passports? [duplicate]

I am going to the UK for 2 weeks, courtesy of SAASTA. I have both a South African and a German (EU) passport. Would it be an issue for me to use my South African passport to leave OR Tambo, and then ...
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Is renting a car in South Africa to drive around the country a safe transport option? [closed]

Is renting a car a good idea in South Africa, will it make it easier to get around verses other infrastructure, or do driving standards, road quality, hijacking make it not worth it? Would a ...
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Will the average tourist encounter problems on the street in Cape Town?

If using common sense rules; keeping low key, not flashing wealth, not going to areas with no tourist attractions, etc. is it common and/or reasonable for us (mixed sex white couple) to walk around/...
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What are the main safety threats to be aware of in South Africa as a tourist? [duplicate]

I have been looking in to arranging a short backpacking trip around South Africa later this year. From what I have read both on the internet and in travel guides, and talking to South Africans it's ...
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Help with South African 90 Day Visitor visa [duplicate]

I am a brit visiting family and friends in South Africa with my duel brit/south african GF, I have already been granted a 90 day Visitor visa which expires the end of July, unfortunately i haven't ...
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Traveling to South Africa

I've heard that you need to have two empty pages on your passport in order to enter through Capetown. I see mixed messages on this thought. Does anyone know the latest and greatest? Thanks!
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Overstay in South Africa

I overstayed my visa permit in 2012 and upon leaving the Republic of South Africa, I was not issued or given the form with which to pay the necessary administrative fine. How do I pay this fine, where ...
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Is there a South African equivalent to Greggs?

Apologies for the random question! It came up in office conversation. Greggs is a low cost Bakery chain in UK. My colleague was concerned that, should he visit South Africa, he would not be able to ...
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Can an over-stayed stamp from one country affect my abillity to travel to other countries?

I overstayed in South Africa for a week and got this ugly stamp in my passport which bans me from entering South Africa for a year. Now I want to travel to Italy, Paris and London for 2 months (in ...
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Transit Visas for South Africa Undesirable-Overstay Tourists

I received an undesirable status for overstaying a SA visa while hospitalized for injuries sustained in Lesotho. I had to cross into SA from Lesotho. Now I am banned entry into SA until Feb 2016 and ...
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South Africa overstay-undesirable waiver processing time [closed]

Has anyone had any experience with the South Africa Home Affairs overstay waiver request process? What is the turnaround time for the waiver? Will the SA border control at the Johannesburg ...
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Is the South Africa border control able to cross-reference dual citizen passports (USA & Spain)?

I would like to travel to South Africa as a tourist 6-months after I overstayed a SA visa due to emergency hospitalization. As a result of the overstay I was classified as undesirable & am ...
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Is Christmas and New Year a good time to spend in Cape Town, South Africa?

My girlfriend and I are planning a 6 month trip to the southern part of africa. We are currently thinking about spending the time from christmas and new year in and around Cape Town in South Africa. ...
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Visiting South Africa twice for 90 days while I wait for my study permit?

I am a student in South Africa but I am not from there, in fact, I am from The Netherlands. I would like to know if I can get a visitor's visa twice for 90 days, having the first one expired I want to ...
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Availability of expedited visa processing for South African applying for Australia visitor visa

The website of the Australian embassy in South Africa says that visa processing for a short term tourist visa can take a full month. I am several months from my visit but will be visiting other ...