South Africa



Checklist of Documents to be Submitted:

  • Machine readable valid passport with at least two (2) unused (blank) pages labeled Visa when presented at the Embassy or Consulate; one page for affixing the visa or permit by the embassy/consulate and the other page for endorsement of entry/departure stamp by the South African Immigration Services. Passport must be valid for 30 more days after the intended return date from South Africa
  • A duly completed Visa application form DHA-84 signed by applicant
    Note: Under Permanent Residential Address, please state the address in the United States where you reside.
  • Two (2) passport photos with white or light background
  • A valid return/round trip air flight or proof of reservation
  • Certified/notarized copy of birth certificate in case of children below 18 years
  • Consent letter from parent(s) in case of child/children traveling alone or with other parent
  • Proof of sufficient funds (recent three months bank statement stamped by bank, etc.)
  • Proof of legal status for non-U.S. citizens (Certified/notarized copy of greencard, H1B, F1, J1, etc.)
  • Certified/notarized copy of bio page of the applicant’s passport
  • A statement or documentation detailing the purpose and duration of the visit
  • Proof of hotel accommodation (confirmed hotel reservation or a letter of invitation from the host (relative or friend) in South Africa
  • Proof of host’s legal status in South Africa (copy of I.D. Book/ passport if South African citizen,) or copy of passport and a copy of visa or residence status in South Africa, certified by the South African Police Service.
  • Non-refundable fee of $36.00 money order
  • Yellow fever certificate is required if applicant is passing through yellow fever belt area before entering South Africa.
  • Attention New York Applicants: The South African Consulate General in New York will no longer accept prepaid envelope/labels from FedEx and UPS with immediate effect. Applicants are welcome to enclose only US Postal Service self-addressed, pre-paid courier envelope for this office to facilitate return services.
  • Processing time is 5 business days and may take up to 10 days during peak season.

Ship Documents to Smart Visas and Passport Services with a pre-paid return shipping envelop, via Fedex only to:

Smart Visas and Passport Services
250 Park Avenue, suite 7028
New York, NY, 10177
(212) 572-6404
(212) 572-6405
Toll Free (800) 973-3448
Fax (800) 973-3448

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