It’s a general rule that before you can apply for a visa to any country, you need a valid international passport (same as ECOWAS passport). However, to apply for a South African Visa, your passport must have a validity period of at least 30 days after the intended stay- so let’s say you are leaving South Africa back to Nigeria on 23 July, your passport must still be valid until 23 August.

The first thing you have to note before applying for a South African Visa is what type of visa you would need. The various types of visa are based on your reasons for visiting the country. The primary reasons are usually business, school, tourism or transit.

General South African Visa Requirements

  • A valid international passport
  • Fully completed visa application form for South Africa and other necessary declaration
  • Two identical passport photographs preferably with a white background clearly showing your face.
  • Copy of passport data page
  • A self-introduction letter with your contacts (Address, emails, phone numbers)
  • Introduction/recommendation letter from an employer or school
  • Verifiable hotel reservation/bookings in South Africa(This can be done online yourself – or message me to help you with this)
  • Copy of international vaccination card (Yellow fever card) – See the post on Health cards
  • Proof of financial status (at least six months recent bank statements)

South African Visa Application Process

If you have met every requirement for the application then the application process would be very simple for you.  You would have to submit your applications personally to any of the VFS Application Centres in either Lagos or Abuja. Submission is usually made on weekdays (Monday – Friday) and a specific amount of entries are collected per day, so I would advise you go as early as possible.

Officially, it takes about 6 days to process your visa. However, due to some unforeseen incidents, it may get delayed. But to avoid unnecessary waste of money and time, you can track your application online by entering your reference number (Given to you by the officials) and your date of birth.

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