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 countries before that. In fact I depart in less than one month, i.e. I will need to apply and get my passport back in less time.
The same website mentions expedited processing. Three questions, then:
- Does the visa processing require them to take my passport, or can the process happen without it? (I am clutching at straws, this seems unlikely)
- Is expedited processing available for a reason as simple as "I need my passport back"?
- If so, how quick is expedited processing?