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 travelling. A 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.
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“Statistics South Africa” ’s current release about documented immigrants in 2012 shows that a total of 141 550 temporary residence permits (TRPs) were issued during the year. At the beginning of 2012 home affair’s backlog regarding TRPs was still estimated to be over 46 000.
The highest proportion of issued TRPs was made up by visitor’s permits (44 828). It has to be taken into account that this number does only include renewals of visitor’s permits and applications for change to other types of permit. The next biggest category was the relatives’ permit (37 612) which comes up for 26,6% of all issued TRPs in 2012. Work permits (33 253) accounted for 23,5% whilst 14,2%, 1,3% and 1,1% were study (20 087), medical (1 870) and business permits (1 585). The numbers are quite a compliment for South Africa’s excellent educational infrastructure but at the same time it is negatively surprising how little business permits were issued. Waiver (1 068), retired persons (980) , treaty (206) and Exchange permits (61) Continue reading