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VISA to South Africa
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Required documents for all visa categories

To ensure your application is processed without any delay please include the following:

Complete and Signed Visa Application Form in Black ink only.
3 Clear copies of your current passport data pages
Supporting documentation as per the relevant checklist
Visa Application Fee and VFS logistic charges as applicable

Applicants are requested to read the requisite documents carefully that needs to be submitted together with your visa application. Please make sure that you have all the documents indicated in the list, since decision could be delayed and deferred if one or several documents are missing.

Visa Application Processing Time

Applicants who have submitted their application at the Visa application centre can collect the passport from the application centre after 5-10 working days(at least 5 working days) starting from the day after the date of submission. The processing time is counted from the date when the Embassy of South Africa in Beijing and the Consulate General of South Africa in Shanghai receives the application documents; it will not include the application delivery time between the Visa Application Centre and Embassy/Consulate. Visa application submitted in Chengdu/Shenyang/Wuhan/Xi’an VisaApplication Centre will be delivered to the Embassy of South Africa in Beijing for processing. Visa application submitted in Guangzhou/Hangzhou/Jinan Visa Application Centre will be delivered to Consulate General of South Africa in Shanghai for processing.

Please be informed that the processing time may vary depending on individual circumstances.

The collection timing is 8:00 - 15:00 (Monday-Friday except weekends& holidays mentioned in the holidays list).

Applicants need to bring their receipt that was issued to them and the copy of passport data page with the application acceptance stamped by thevisa application centre when they collect the passports.

Please note that the completed authorization letter should be submitted if the representatives or agencies collect the passports on behalf of the applicants.


Applicants are requested to read the following steps carefully before submitting their application at the South Africa visa application centre.

Please note:

All the applicants should submit their applications according to passport’s place of issue. All the applications have to be lodged in respective Visa Application Centre where their passport place of issue belongs to.If applicants are from Beijing Jurisdiction, can submission their applications at Visa Application Centre at Beijing, Chengdu, Shenyang, Wuhan or Xi'an. If applicants are from Shanghai Jurisdiction, can submission their applications at Visa Application Centre at Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hangzhou or Jinan.

However, if the applicants have special conditions, they need to demonstrate the certain documents such as temporary residence permit or employment certificate etc. while applying to prove that they cannot apply for a visa in their jurisdiction.
For further details of jurisdiction, kindly see the below.

Beijing Jurisdiction:
All the provinces & cities besides of the provinces or city which belong to Shanghai Jurisdiction (Shandong, Guangdong, Jiangsu, Fujian, Anhui, Zhejiang Provinces & Shanghai Municipality). Please refer to Shanghai Jurisdiction mentioned below.

Shanghai Jurisdiction:
Shandong, Guangdong, Jiangsu, Fujian, Anhui, Zhejiang Provinces & ShanghaiMunicipality.

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Step 1
Applicants from China are required to submit their
applications at the South Africa Visa Application centre, between 08:00 to 15:00 (Monday to Friday) except on the holidays mentioned in the holiday list.

Step 2
Make a clear copy of all the original
documents, previous UK, US, Canada, Japan and Schengen visas and three clear copies of passport data page.

Step 3
Complete the visa application form.
You can download the  Application form DHA-84 (Visit Visa) or Application form DHA-1738 (Other Visa type)

Step 4
You may refer to ‘Important News &
Notices’ section on the right side of this page & look for any relevant updated information or notices before applying.

Step 5
Pay your visa application fee and
services fee at the Visa Application Centre, along with your application form & required documents mentioned on this site as per your visa type