Visa Tips

8 Oct 2021Featured, General

Visa, Covid-19 and other Travel Tips – Fourth Quarter 2021 Review:

Most international borders have further increased their security measures during the Pandemic. We have therefore assembled practical entry clearance processes & travel tips to help improve your travel experience. For more info, please enquire within.

 

Visa processing tips:

  • Check dates, names, and passport numbers on your visa before departing.
  • Remember to sign your visa application form when submitting it to any of our offices.
  • Give yourself sufficient time to obtain a visa before departure.
  • Make sure you submit the correct requirements to obtain a visa.
  • Due to Covid, all Consulate and Lodgement Centres appointments are delayed as most staff are working on short-time. Business operating hours are also reduced across the board.
  • Also, expect reduced validity on all visas until the Global lockdown has been finalized.

Travel documents consume more time than one would think. Find out exactly what you need for your next trip and give yourself sufficient time – www.visaszone.co.za

 

Air ticket and passport:

  • Check your passport has not expired and will not expire during your trip.
  • Apply for a second passport if travelling frequently.
  • Keep copies of your passport and other travel documents in case they are lost or stolen.
  • Keep copies of your travel documents in a safe place or stored in a digital cloud service.
  • Most visa applications do not require confirmed tickets, only pay and issue tickets when the visa is issued.

Ask your Visas Zone Consultant if you require a visa for your trip?

Also, check out our Travel Regulations Zone platform. It provides helpful information and improves safety whilst travelling during a pandemic:

Travel Regulations Zone

 

Health Regulations & Vaccination Certificates, including Covid-19:

For your safety, we recommend all travellers be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 (Corona-Virus). Some countries require evidence (in the form of a handwritten certificate OR digital Covid app) that you have had the appropriate vaccinations before entering a country. Proof of a negative PCR test may be required to enter certain countries. Check with your doctor, bearing in mind that many vaccinations must be administered well before travelling, generally two weeks before the arrival date. Again, The Visas Zone Travel Regulations platform provides accurate information.

It also includes some useful  features:

  • Customs, Currency and Airport Tax information
  • Send to travellers – A link to the personalized advice page can be sent to the traveller.
  • Default options – Define your default values on the passport, visa and health enquiry page.

 

Travel insurance:

Ensure you have sufficient travel insurance should you be in an accident or fall ill with Covid-19. All travellers are advised to educate themselves whilst travelling during a Pandemic. Follow our newsletters for updated Travel News.

 

Minors:

  • All minors under the age of 18 years old travelling outbound from South Africa (Citizens and Foreigners) require an Unabridged Birth Certificate.
  • Currently, children do not need to be vaccinated against Covid-19 to enter most countries.
  • The child will need to have an Unabridged Birth Certificate, as well as the following: South African Travellers (If one parent is travelling with a child/children)
  • Affidavit granting consent from the other parent (no longer than three months before the intended travel date) or;
  • A court order granting the parent full parental responsibilities or legal guardianship of the child or;
  • A death certificate of the other parent.
  • South African and Foreign National Travellers (If a child is travelling without their parents)

The following is required:

  • Proof of consent from both of the child’s parents or legal guardians;
  • Copies of the Identity Documents or passports of the parents or legal guardians;
  • Letter from the person receiving them, including a copy of the host’s ID/ passport.
  • If only one parent gives consent, they need to supply the following documents additionally:
    • A court order grants the parent or legal guardian full parental responsibilities and rights regarding the child.
      The contact details of the parent or legal guardian.

Who is exempt?

The law does not apply to children travelling domestically, i.e. between Johannesburg and Cape Town.

 

Other Possible Entry Requirements:

  • Proof of access to sufficient funds (if you carry a credit card, it is advisable to bring a statement proving your credit limit.
  • Return or onward ticket.
    Proof of accommodation booked for at least the first night.
  • International Travel insurance (Obtainable from your travel agent or your Credit Card company if the airline ticket is purchased through this method)
  • Additional Official Documents to be kept on your person:
    • Identification – Some countries require you always to carry identification, including proof of your immigration status in the country.
    • Driver’s License – Depending on where you travel, you may require only your country’s driver’s license to drive or rent a vehicle. However, some countries require an international driving license.

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