As we all know it has unfortunately become more stringent to travel in and out of South Africa.
What does this mean for you?
If you have been issued with permanent residence under the new immigration law you must travel with their original permanent residence certificate.
Those who already have a permanent residence permit that was issued with a stamp in their passports, have to travel with their original permanent residence certificate at all times.
Please note: Certified copies will not be accepted at the border control.
What can you do?
Always keep an extra copy of your permanent residence certificate on email or in a safe place should you lose or misplace your permanent residence certificate.
Should you lose your permanent residence certificate you will need to:
- apply for proof of permanent residence at your nearest VFS centre in order to obtain a confirmation of your Permanent Residence status.
Once you received the confirmation of permanent residence you may travel with that letter. This letter must also be kept safe at all times.
In possession of a SA ID book?
If you applied for a South African ID book after you obtained your permanent residence, please note:
That this means that you can apply for a South African passport, but you will need to apply for citizenship first. However, you may travel locally with your South African ID book.
Only once you obtained your South African passport you do not have to travel with a permanent residence certificate anymore.
Please do not hesitate to contact us, if you need any assistance in any of our visa immigration matters.