A few months ago Minister Malusi Gigaba of the department of Home Affairs announced the introduction of a so-called BRICS visa. Now several months later it seems the system has started processing these visas.
BRICS stands for Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, meaning that this type of visa is available to all BRICS country passport holders except for South Africans. At the moment most of these countries are so-called non-visa exempt, meaning that its citizens need to apply for a visitor’s visa to South Africa each time prior to their travels. Continue reading
South African Home Affairs Minister, Malusi Gigaba, announced end of February that business and diplomatic travellers from South Africa’s BRICS partners will receive port of entry visas into South Africa. These visas will be issued for up to ten (10) years to BRICS business travellers and has been effective since 23 December 2014.
South Africa’s BRICS partners include Brazil, Russia, India and China.
More importantly, these visas apply to diplomatic, official and service as well as ordinary passport holders and will be issued as multiple-travel entry visas, with a special condition of a stay no longer than 30 days at a time. Continue reading