FAQ’S – Visa/Travel Regulations & Resources
Updated: March 2021
With the Covid-19 Vaccines rapidly rolling out internationally, travellers are very eager to make travel arrangements. Therefore, together with the Consulates, we have been working hard behind the scenes to provide our clients with a list of countries allowing South African Citizens and Residents to enter abroad. Please see below the guidance and frequently asked questions about the amended travel regulations.
See below-updated countries you can now enter on business, providing you meet the entry requirements:
- Algeria: Business visas and work visas allowed at present.
- Angola: Cape Town and Pretoria Consulates are issuing visas.
- Democratic Republic of Congo: Visas for holiday and business is allowed. Only 3- and 6-months visas are allowed.
- Brazil: Consulate is open for work visas. Admission and transit restrictions.
- Cyprus: The Consulate is open and is processing business visas.
- Congo: Visas for holiday and business is allowed. Only 3- and 6-months visas are allowed.
- Denmark: Assisting with long-stay visas. No tourist apps accepted, Authorization to be obtained for business apps at Embassy
- Dubai (UAE): accepting new applications.
- Egypt: Open for all applications.
- Equatorial Guinea: Accepting business visas only.
- Estonia: Assisting with long-stay visas. No tourist apps accepted, Authorization to be obtained for business apps at Embassy
- Ethiopia: Open for all applications.
- Finland: assisting with long-stay visas. No tourist apps accepted, Authorization to be obtained for business apps at Embassy
- France: is open for extended stay and seaman visas. Admission and transit restrictions
- Ghana: The High Commission is accepting visa applications for business and tourism. No additional documents required. URGENT visas can be processed
- Guinea: The Embassy is accepting business and tourism visa applications. No additional applications
- Ivory Coast: The Embassy is accepting business and tourism visa applications. A negative COVID test will be required on submission.
- Kenya: High Commission is accepting visa application. No additional requirements
- Liberia: Embassy accepts visa applications. No additional requirements
- Libya: Embassy accepts visa applications. No additional requirements
- Mozambique: Consulate is open for applications. Visas will only be issued once Authorization from Immigration in Mozambique approves the application.
- Namibia: Our Lodgment Centre is accepting work visa applications. No additional requirements
- Netherlands: Assisting with long-stay visas and seaman’s visas. No tourist apps accepted, Authorization to be obtained for in-person business apps at Embassy
- Nigeria: The Embassy is accepting all type of visa applications. No additional requirements.
- Senegal: The Embassy is open and accepting applications. No additional requirements
- Sierra Leone: The Embassy is open and accepting applications. No additional requirements.”
- Spain: Consulate accepts seaman’s applications only. Applicants to apply at the Consulate. BLS in CT closed until further notice. Admission and transit restrictions in Spain
- Tanzania: Visas can be obtained on arrival or through any of our offices.
- Tunisia: Embassy open for visa applications. No additional requirements
- Uganda: Embassy open for visa applications. A negative COVID test will be required on submission.
- United Kingdom High Commission: is open and accepting applications. Admission and transit restrictions in the UK.
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT – upfront payment of Visas Zone invoices
Please note that as of 8 March 2021, all invoices for Walk-In and Regular Clients must be paid upfront:
- Accounts are no longer available.
- All payments can be made via our Pay Zone (Pay Gate) option or via EFT. Cash or cheques cannot be accepted.
- Retainer options are also available – please send requests for this option to firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: 2nd and 3rd invoices may be sent for additional surcharges due to urgency.
What do I need in addition to the visa for the final country of destination?
As members of IATA and Timatic Web, Visas Zone are eligible to share the COVID-19 Government Public Health Mitigation Measures and outlines the following helpful resources:
This dashboard contains a country-by-country listing of COVID-19-related public health requirements that passengers, Travel agents and airline crew need to follow at the airport and onboard all aircraft (It is provided for informational purposes only). Where possible, we provide a link to the official government policy. You should check with a country’s governmental authority for the most complete and up-to-date information.
It is the traveller’s responsibility to follow up with their Travel Agent or directly with the airline about any further travel restriction for their final destination and transit points.
Foreigners entering South Africa notes:
- SA Government announced that certain countries are restricted from entering South Africa, and the regulations may change at a moment’s notice.
- “Ordinary” travellers – tourists, not conducting business in SA – will not be allowed from those countries.
- Other countries’ risk levels will be determined relative to SA’s infection rate spread and deaths: high-risk countries with higher levels than SA.
- Everyone travelling to SA will be required to show a recent, negative test for the coronavirus and have travel insurance.
Do I need a Covid-19 Test before I depart South Africa?
- Yes, most countries and Consulates now require a negative Covid-19 test to apply for visas and enter their borders. More information can be obtained here- COVID-19 Government Public Health Mitigation Measures
- The test results’ timing is critical when applying for visas and need to be conducted not earlier than 72 hours before departure. Various International Immigration Authorities also conduct testing on arrival and may be compulsory.
Strict COVID protocol will be followed when visiting our offices:
- A cloth mask is compulsory.
- Maintain a safe distance, at least 2+ meters.
- You will be asked to sanitize your hands, and your temperature will be taken. It needs to be below 37 degrees.
- Visas Zone representatives will also follow a strict protocol when dealing with clients.
The information contained in this notification and the IATA dashboard is provided and sourced to benefit Visas Zone clients by the third-party supplier, IATA. While the information is correct to the best of IATA’s knowledge at the time of publication, given the rapidly evolving nature of the international response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Visas Zone cannot guarantee its accuracy and can accept no liability for any errors or omissions. Visas Zone expresses no opinion on third parties’ websites’ content and does not accept any responsibility for third-party information. It will be in your best interest to conduct independent inquiries with the host company and final destination or your local travel agent before relying on any information or materials contained on this platform. Visas Zone Advisory/ Consultancy fees apply for any additional information requested on behalf of travellers.
More and more countries are joining the ranks and opening their borders to South Africans. See the updated list.
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