Processing Time in South Africa for Extension: 30-40
Processing Time if lodged abroad: 1-10 days
Government Fee in South Africa for Extension: R425
New Submission Centre Fee ( in SA ): R1350
Government Fee abroad:Dependent on Currency
A Tourist Visa allows a foreigner to enter South Africa as a visitor. There are countries whose nationals are exempted from having to apply for a Tourist Visa in order to enter South Africa. When planning to enter South Africa as a visitor for 90 days or less for travel or leisure purposes, you can check the Visa Exemption List below to find out if you need to apply for a visa before entering South Africa.
Those who are residents of countries that are NOT in the Visa Exemption List are required to apply for a Tourist Visa in order to enter South Africa. It must be applied for and processed in the resident country of the applicant. In most cases, visitors are also allowed one extension on their Tourist Visa per entry. Typically, an extension must be requested within 60 days from when the original issued visa expires.
The applicant must have a valid passport expiring no less than 30 days after the end of the intended visit. Applicants that are residents of one country, but hold a passport from a different country from that residency are allowed to apply for a Tourist Visa in their country of residence. The applicant must contact the appropriate South African Consulate in their country in order to apply for their visa, as not all countries have South African representation abroad. Tourist Visas are generally issued for 30-90 days, depending on which passport you hold, and extension time can vary depending on the discretion of the South African Consulate issuing the visa.
The citizen who is a holder of a national passport (diplomatic, official or ordinary) of the following countries / territories / international organisations is not required to hold a visa in respect of purposes for which a visitor’s permit may be issued or by virtue of being a person contemplated in section 31(3)(b) [accredited in SA] for an intended stay of 90 days or less and when in transit:
African Union Laissez Passer
Chile (only ordinary passport holders)
Germany (except in diplomatic staff due to assume duty at the Embassy and Consulates of Germany in SA)
Namibia (90 days per year)
Panama (only ordinary passport holders)
St Vincent & the Grenadines
Tanzania (90 days per year)
Trinidad & Tobago (only ordinary passport holders)
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (only ordinary passport holders)
British Islands Bailiwick of Guernsey and Jersey, Isle of Man. British Oversees Territories namely: Anguilla, Bermuda, British Antarctic Territory, British Indian Ocean Territory, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Montserrat, St Helena and Dependencies (Ascension Island, Gough Island and Tristan da Cunha), Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno Islands, the Sovereign Base Areas of Cyprus South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands and the Turks and Caicos Island.
United States of America (except in diplomatic staff due to assume duty at the Embassy and Consulates of the USA in SA)
Zambia (90 days per year)