How do I Apply?

PLEASE SCROLL DOWN TO CONSULT WHAT DOCUMENTS ARE REQUIRED FOR EACH  TYPE OF VISA  AND TO OBTAIN THE REQUIRED FORMS
 
Every country has the sovereign right to decide who may or may not enter its territory. Possession of a visa does not guarantee automatic admission to the Republic. It only authorizes the holder to proceed to the Republic to report to an immigration officer at a port of entry for the purpose of being examined as to his/her ability or otherwise, to comply with the (entry) requirements of the Act. 

The purpose of a visa on the one hand is to ensure proper screening of applicants so that undesirable persons are not admitted to the Republic and on the other hand to facilitate the entry of approved applicants at South African ports of entry. Visas provide immigration officers with the necessary information to ensure that applicants are admitted for the correct purpose and period into the RSA. 

Portuguese citizens, travelling with Portuguese passports do not require a visa if the intended visit to South Africa is for 90 day or less. Any queries relating to visas are handled by the Consular Section of the South African Embassy in Lisbon or either the Honorary Consulate in Funchal, Madeira or Porto, whichever is the closest one situated to you.
 
Visas are considered by the South African missions abroad and must be affixed in the applicants' passports before departing to the RSA. Visas are not issued on arrival at South African ports of entry. Applicants arriving without visas will be refused entry into the RSA and deported to their country of origin.
To find out if you require a visa and/or pay South African visa tariffs, please see the list of countries exempt from visa control
 

IMPORTANT NOTES FOR VISA APPLICATION AT THE SA EMBASSY IN LISBON:

  • Incomplete applications are not accepted. Please be sure to fill in all information on the application forms and to produce all the required documents for your application.
  • All application forms must be fully filled in with a black ink pen, and legible handwriting.
  • All details provided by the applicant should be in accordance with the documents produced (e.g. name and surname in accordance with passport details).
  • Applicants must apply for the visas in person at the South African Embassy in Lisbon, and sign the application forms in the presence of an Embassy Official.
  • All documents in a foreign language must be translated to English.
  • All documents issued by any country other than South Africa or Portugal must be certified by means of an Apostille or – if not party to the Hague Convention - by the Diplomatic representation in Portugal, duly accredited to the Portuguese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  • A Photo booth is available at the Embassy for international standard photographs. (4xphotos = 5 euros, coins only)
  • All documents and letters or work contracts must be signed and stamped.
  • Only original documents are accepted. Originals must be produced with their respective copies.
  • Public attendance period for visas at the South African Embassy in Lisbon: Monday to Friday – 8:30 to 11:00.
  • Processing time: 10 working days.
  • Upon submission of pending / additional documents, the processing timeframe of 10 working days will be restarted.

TYPES OF VISAS AND REQUIRED DOCUMENTS / FORMS

1. VISITOR'S VISA FOR NATIONALS OF NON-EXEMPT COUNTRIES

2. VISITOR'S VISA FOR MORE THAN 90 DAYS

3. SHORT TERM WORK VISA (UP TO 90 DAYS)

4. SHORT TERM WORK VISA - FILM INDUSTRY

5. DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FOR ALL VISAS OVER 90 DAYS

6. INTRA-COMPANY VISA

7. CRITICAL SKILLS WORK VISA

8. RELATIVES VISA

9. STUDY VISA

10. RETIRED PERSON VISA

11. MEDICAL VISA

12. VISA TO RESIDE WITH SPOUSE AND WORK

13. GENERAL WORK VISA

14. EXCHANGE VISA

15. BUSINESS VISA

16. RESEARCH VISA

17. CORPORATE VISA

18. FORM DHA-84

19. FORM DHA-1738 e-version

20. FORM - Medical and Radiological