FAQ & Visa Tips

7 Dec 2022Featured, General

Visa Application Process FAQ

What is a Visa?

A visa is an official document or visa sticker in your passport that allows you to enter, stay in, or leave a country for a specific purpose and period. The destination country’s government issues visas, which can be used for tourism, business, study, work, and more.

You’ll typically need to submit an application form, your passport, photos, and possibly additional documents like proof of accommodation or financial means to apply. Requirements and processing times vary by country and visa type.

Obtaining a visa may also involve an interview at the embassy or consulate. It is important to follow the visa conditions to avoid penalties such as fines, deportation, or future entry bans.

What is eTA?

Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA) is an entry requirement for visa-exempt foreign nationals linked to a traveller’s passport. Applying for an eTA is a simple online process, usually with same-day processing.

Visa Processing Tips

  • Verify details on your visa before departure.
  • Sign your visa application form when submitting it.
  • Double-check the entry regulations before departing.
  • Apply for a visa well in advance of your trip.
  • Double-check requirements to avoid delays.
  • Expect reduced visa validity during the pandemic.

Can I use a visa service provider for assistance?

Yes, Visas Zone can assist with document preparation and submission. Visa requirements and application forms are freely available on the website.

How long does it take to process a visa application?

Processing times vary based on factors such as nationality and destination country. Check the Visas Zone website for current estimates.

What happens after my visa is rejected?

Resubmission is possible. However, you must pay for the visa again and provide additional documentation to strengthen your case. While visa rejections are rare, they can happen. Visas Zone is here to assist you in building a stronger case for resubmission.

Are there any urgent application options available?

Yes, there are, but it’s best to discuss urgent requests with Visas Zone before submission for assistance as all Consulates differ.

What is an e-visa?

An e-visa is an electronic visa that allows you to enter, stay in, or leave a country for a specific purpose and period. Unlike traditional visas, e-visas are obtained online and do not require a visa sticker in your passport.

To apply, you must complete an online application form, upload a scanned copy of your passport, and provide any additional required documents. Once approved, the e-visa will be sent to your email, and you should print it out or have it available on your mobile device. Visas Zone offers this service – e-visa options.

E-Visas simplify the application process and often have faster processing times. However, it is still important to follow all visa conditions to avoid penalties such as fines, deportation, or future entry bans.

How do I apply for a visa?

What are the initial steps in the visa application process?

Research visa requirements and entry regulations for your destination country. Gather the necessary documents and complete the application form.

What happens after I submit my application?

The relevant authorities will review your application, and you may need to make a biometrics appointment if necessary. Generally, provisional processing times are provided by the Consulate and communicated to you by our administration system. You can also better understand the supply chain process here.

What happens after my visa is approved?

You will receive your visa either as a sticker in your passport, which can be delivered to you or an e-visa electronically via email.

What should I do before travelling with my visa?

Ensure you adhere to the entry requirements and conditions of the visa.

Air Ticket and Passport FAQ

What should I check regarding my passport before travelling?

Ensure your passport is valid for at least six months beyond your intended return date. Many countries require this minimum validity for entry.

Blank Pages:
Check that your passport has enough blank pages for visas and entry/exit stamps. Some countries require a minimum of two blank pages.

Make sure your passport is in good condition. Passports with significant wear, tears, or water damage may not be accepted.

Personal Information:
Verify that all personal information, such as your name and date of birth, is correct and matches your travel documents.

Visa Requirements:
Check the visa requirements for your destination country. Ensure you have the necessary visas or entry permits in your passport.

Expiry Date:
Note the expiration date and ensure it does not fall within your travel period. Plan ahead to renew your passport if it’s close to expiring.

Emergency Contact Information:
Update the emergency contact information in your passport if necessary.

Health Regulations & Vaccination Certificates FAQ

We recommend vaccination, and some countries require proof for entry.
Please check the vaccination requirements with your doctor well in advance OR Submit a contact form for assistance.

Travel Insurance FAQ

Speak to your travel agent or medical aid for assistance. There are hundreds of policies available, which you can choose to suit your needs. Why travel insurance is important.

Minors FAQ

What documents do minors need for travel?

Unabridged Birth Certificate and consent from parents or legal guardians.

How do I submit a complaint?

If you need to submit a complaint, please email us at feedback@visaszone.co.za. Include the following details in your email to help us address your concern promptly:

  1. Full Name:
    Provide your full name as it appears on your application.
  2. Contact Information:
    Include your email address and phone number.
  3. Application Reference/ Waybill Number:
    If applicable, include your visa application reference number.
  4. Detailed Description:
    Clearly describe your complaint, including any relevant dates, names, and specific issues you encountered.
  5. Supporting Documents:
    Attach any supporting documents that may help us investigate and resolve your complaint.

We are committed to addressing your concerns and will respond to your complaint as quickly as possible.

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