South Africa distinguishes between visa exempt and non-exempt countries. Most European and North American countries are exempt and therefore do not need to apply for a visa before traveling. A visitor visa is simply issued upon arrival. Most visitors receive 90 days, some only 30.

Citizens of non-exempt countries need to apply for a visa in a South African mission abroad or at a service provider such as VFS.

Visitor Visa for South Africa

An updated list can be found here.

A Visitor Visa can normally be extended by a further 90 days within South Africa, but the holder is not allowed to work on it.

If work is desired for a short period of time, then the “sec. 11(2)” visa is applicable. It is a tourist visa, but it allows the holder to work. It is issued for 90 days and can be extended once in South Africa.

This visa must be applied for, like all other visa in person, at the South African mission in the country of residence or passport.

See here some of the FAQ about visa for South Africa.

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