UAE visa for Citizens of South Africa
iVisa | Updated on Aug 08, 2023

The United Arab Emirates is a fantastic destination for your next vacation. The country offers beautiful beaches, futuristic museums, and a rich culture to explore. However, South Africa passport holders must first apply for a UAE visa to enjoy this trip. Luckily, South Africa is one of the nationalities eligible to apply for a Tourist eVisa.

With our online visa services, you can apply for a UAE visa in just a few clicks. iVisa does the hard work for you, so you can keep busy planning your trip to Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

Let's see what you need to apply online and obtain the UAE tourist visa as a South Africa passport holder!

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What is the UAE Visa for South Africans?

The UAE tourist visa is an official travel authorization that allows travelers to submit visa applications online to visit the country. This visa permits you to travel to the United Arab Emirates, including Dubai and Abu Dhabi, for short tourism or business trips. Be aware that it is a Single Entry visa. It must be used within 60 days after issued and is valid for stays up to 30 days in Total.

Contrary to traditional visas, this valid visa is issued 100% electronically, so South Africans can fill out the UAE visa application from anywhere. You complete the process online without ever stepping into a UAE embassy or consulate, and receive your visa confirmation via email.

Requirements for the UAE Online Visa for South Africans

In order to apply for the UAE eVisa, South Africa nationals must provide some documents and information.

  • Copy of your valid passport, with an expiry date of at least 6 months from the arrival date in the UAE.
  • Applicant photo, simply use the handy iVisa Digital Photo Service.
  • A copy of your return flight ticket with travel dates.
  • Birth certificate of minor (if applicable).

If you overstay the expiry date of your UAE visa, you may face legal action and a fine. Also, it may not be possible to apply for a UAE visa in the future.

Application process of the UAE eVisa for South African passport holders

You'll have to complete three simple steps to apply for a United Arab Emirates visa online. The visa application process won’t take longer than 15 minutes to complete.

  • First, fill out the visa application form with your personal information and details about your intended stay in the UAE. At this point, you are also asked to choose the processing time that best suits your needs.
  • Second, check all the provided information to avoid any mistakes that might delay your application for the UAE visa. If everything is correct, pay the visa fee with a credit or debit card.
  • Three, upload clear scans of all the required supporting documents. Then submit your application.

You receive a confirmation of the approved visa via email. We recommend that you print your visa confirmation before traveling to the UAE and present it to the authorities at the airport when requested.

Visa fees: How much does a UAE visa cost for South African nationals?

The cost of the visa varies depending on the processing time you choose. We offer three processing options:

  • Standard Processing: This is the most affordable option. You’ll get your UAE visa in 12 days for USD $234.99.
  • Rush processing: You get the visa online a little faster in 10 days for a fee of USD $300.99.
  • Super Rush Processing: For ultra-fast processing, this option takes 8 days. It costs USD $386.99.

We recommend you apply for your visa at least one week before your trip. The prices for our services include the government fee. Once your visa is ready, you’ll receive it via email and are ready to explore the cities of Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and more.

Differences between the UAE visa and the Dubai visa

These two visas are the same. In fact, there is no official ‘Dubai visa’. You can use UAE visas to visit Dubai since it is one of the cities of the United Arab Emirates. The ‘Dubai visa application’ is the same as the UAE tourist visa application, and you can click here to apply and visit Dubai.

More questions about the UAE eVisa

You can count on our visa services if you have questions about the UAE visa or need help filling out the UAE e-Visa online form. You can reach iVisa’s customer support via online chat or email at [email protected]. Our customer support is 24/7 and free of charge.

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