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In December 2019, the South African Department of Home Affairs introduced electronic visas for tourists. The eVisa program is currently only open to nationals of India and Kenya, but in the coming weeks the pilot program is expected to be extended to also include China and Nigeria. Then, in April 2020, the eVisa is expected to be rolled out globally.

Travelers who use the eVisa program apply and pay a fee online, and then receive their electronic visa via email before traveling to South Africa. Yes, it's that simple.

The eVisa is an official document permitting entry into and travel within South Africa. Applicants will receive their visas via email after filling out the application form with the necessary information and once the online credit card payment is completed/verified.


Please note that this service is currently only available for citizens of India and Kenya.

Required Documents to Apply
  • Applicant Photo

  • Passport Personal Details Scan

  • Yellow Fever Vaccination

  • Proof of Accommodation

  • Travel Itinerary

  • Bank Statement

  • A credit/debit card or a PayPal account

  • And some other documents will be required but it depends on each one of the applicants.

Important Instructions
  • Applicants passports must be valid for at least 6 months from the intended date of arrival to South Africa.

  • We highly recommended keeping the eVisa either as a soft copy (smartphone, tablet, etc.) or as a hard copy in case of any failure in the system.

  • Holding a South Africa eVisa does not provide automatic right of entry for the holder into the country. The Department of Home Affairs reserves the right to cancel this visa approval at any time.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The South Africa eVisa is an official document permitting entry into and travel within South Africa and is electronically linked to your passport.

We require the following to submit your application:

  • Applicant Photo

  • Passport Personal Details Scan

  • Yellow Fever Vaccination

  • Proof of Accommodation

  • Travel Itinerary

  • Bank Statement

  • A credit/debit card or a PayPal account

  • And some other documents will be required but it depends on each one of the applicants.

The South Africa eVisa cost is USD 0.00. Additionally, iVisa charges a service fee of:

Standard Processing: USD 25.00

Rush Processing: USD 40.00

Super Rush Processing: USD 50.00

It depends on the processing time you choose. We offer three options:

Standard Processing: 19 business days

Rush Processing: 17 business days

Super Rush Processing: 15 business days

The South Africa Turist eVisa for Indians and Kenyans is valid for 30 days once you arrive in the country.
Applicants passports must be valid for at least 6 months from the intended date of arrival to South Africa.
At this moment, only nationals of Kenya and India can apply for a South Africa eVisa.
The traveler must apply for this visa at least 5 business days before the trip to South Africa.
NO. Possession of an eVisa for South Africa does not provide automatic right of entry into the country. The Department of Home Affairs may refuse entry to any person, if they consider that a person is unable to fulfill the immigration requirements or that such person's presence in South Africa would be contrary to national interests or security.

Yellow Fever vaccine is recommended if traveling from a country with risk of yellow fever transmission.

For more information, click on the following link:

https://www.who.int/ith/ITH_Annex_I.pdf

South Africa is located at the southern tip of the African continent. It is a vast country with 11 official languages and an incredibly diverse population. It is known for its excellent wine and being one of the world’s largest producers of gold. However, if you want to visit South Africa, you must express extreme caution. The US State Department, along with most other western countries, advise you to be very careful during your trip there. The crime rate is pretty high, and often involves foreigners. Below, we will provide some valuable information that will help you get around and have a lovely and safe time during your trip.

First of all, we will talk about entry requirements. South Africa’s visa policy contains a list of countries and territories whose citizens are exempt from requiring a visa to visit the country. There are 80 visa-exempt nationalities, and if you find yourself among them, you can enter and stay in South Africa without a visa for a period that varies from 30 to 90 days, depending on your nationality. All you need is a passport that will be valid for at least another month from your date of departure from South Africa. It must also have at least one blank page available for stamping.

In case you are not among the 80 visa-exempt nationalities, you must go to the nearest South African diplomatic mission and apply for a standard visa. Keep in mind that when you are required to have a visa, your passport must have at least two blank pages available for stamping. The good news is that South Africa has decided to introduce the electronic visa system by the end of 2019. We do not have more information about it at the moment, but as soon as the South Africa eVisa goes live, iVisa will be able to help you with the online application process.

The best time to visit South Africa is in the spring or fall. That is when the temperatures are more bearable. In the summer, most of South Africa is dominated by the rainy season, except for the Western Cape, and it can get pretty hot.

As mentioned in the introduction, there are 11 official languages in South Africa, but you do not have to learn any of them. That is because most South Africans speak English as a second language, so you should get around just fine.

Most people who take a trip to South Africa go there because they are interested in its natural history. The national parks are a treasure, and you will be amazed at how many species of animals you can see in one place. There are natural reserves, as well as farms and private collections. For one thing, you should not go to South Africa and skip visiting the Kruger National Park. There are numerous species of animals, dangerous or otherwise, but you will have a fantastic experience there.

If you are interested, you can go whale watching in Hermanus, Walker Bay. The experience is breath-taking. However, make sure you manage your expectations. Not all who go to Walker Bay actually get to see whales. They have their own schedule, after all. You may get lucky, or you may not. Nature’s choice.

In Eastern Cape, you can go to the Addo Elephant National Park. Very few things even begin to compare with these giants walking a few hundred feet from you. The Lionsrock Big Cat Sanctuary may also interest you. It was built by Four Paws, an animal organization, back in 2007.

If you are looking for some exciting things to do while in South Africa, you can try diving. Thanks to its location, the country has a very long coastline. It is known for its large marine life, such as sharks and whales, but there are smaller fish as well. Plus, there are many wrecks you can explore. You will need a guide, of course, but a tour is not that expensive, and you will have a great time.

River rafting is also available in South Africa. Most people who are interested in rafting go to the Orange River, which is located at the border with Namibia. There are many tour operators that provide 6-day trips in blow-up boats. Not only that you will get some adrenaline, but you will be able to sleep under the stars at night.

A lot of people who go to South Africa decide to do some volunteer work as well. You can work for a few days with the Rainbow Nation, which is currently working on the preservation of the Big 5. You can also do construction work or social work if you have the necessary skills. The choice is yours.

We should talk a little bit about safety. As mentioned above, South Africa is not the safest destination you can travel to. The crime rate is pretty high, often involving tourists. You should not go alone, especially as a woman. Avoid walking down the streets at night alone. You should not wear any expensive jewelry, and all your electronic devices should be kept in your bag whenever you are not using it. You should always use common sense to keep yourself safe.

You should also mind the beggars in the street. You may see many children and mothers with babies asking for money. Refrain from offering cash because that will only keep them on the streets. Also, bear in mind that many con-artists and thieves pose as beggars.

As far as health is concerned, Malaria is endemic, but only in the north-east part of the country. HIV is widespread throughout the country, so you should take extra precautions. We advise you to avoid public hospitals when possible, but the private hospitals are world-class.

The food in South Africa is known to be delicious, and it is very cheap as well. You can eat like a king for a small price. We recommend that you try the local cuisine because it is very tasty, but you will also find some European influences. While the municipal water is safe to drink, we still recommend that you purchase bottled water.

People in South Africa are nice and polite towards tourists. As long as you show respect, you will not be bothered. Again, use your common sense and behave like you would in any western civilization, and you should be alright.