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South Africa is popular for its natural landscape, game reserves, and cultural heritage. Tourists interested in natural history would have a good time visiting the country. A wide range of species can be found in various nature parks around the country. The most popular national parks are the Kruger National Park and Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, other smaller parks are Addo National Park and Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Park. There are also beaches which offer activities like surfing and kayaking. In addition to its numerous natural attractions, South Africa also boasts a large number of attractions of cultural significance. They include caves forming part of the Cradle of Humankind in Gauteng, the ruins of the Kingdom of Mapungubwe in northern Limpopo, the wine routes of the Western Cape amongst others.
 
The tourism industry is one of the most important industries of the South African economy. In 2012, the country was responsible for directly contributing ZAR 102 billion of South African GDP and supports 10.3% of jobs in the country. In 2014, over 9 million tourists visited South Africa which was a 0.1% increase from the number of visitors recorded the previous year.
 
Foreigners visiting South Africa are not allowed to enter the country with more than ZAR25,000 but can enter the country with unlimited foreign currency. No Kruger coin is allowed. On exit from the country, you cannot be in possession of more than ZAR25,000 but can leave with unlimited foreign currency if the amount was declared on entry. Foreigners can leave the country with up to 15 Kruger coins if there is proof it was purchased with foreign currency.
 
Citizens of Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Malta, Portugal, Russia, Spain, the United Kingdom, etc can gain entry visa-free for a stay of 90 days. Nationals of Angola, Antigua, and Barbuda, Cape Verde, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Hungary, Jordan, Poland, South Korea, Thailand, etc do not need a visa for stays of 30 days or less.

Basic Travel Requirements for Equatorial Guineans visiting South-africa

  • An original passport or travel documents with no less than 30 days validity beyond your departure date from South Africa.
  • Your passport must have at least 2 blank pages for entry and departure stamps.
  • 2 colour passport-size photographs.
  • An international certificate of vaccination for yellow fever.
  • A return ticket to Equatorial Guinea or an onward ticket to your next destination.
  • Letter of invitation from host stating the purpose of visit and duration of stay.
  • Proof of financial means for the entire duration of stay in South Africa.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Proof of payment of the visa fee.

Types of South-africa Visa

Types of Visa Processing Time Duration of Stay
Visitor Visa 10 working days 90 days
Business Visa 10 working days 90 days
Work Visa 10 working days Up to 5 years
Student Visa 10 working days Depends on duration of study

Visas of South Africa Fees

Visa Type Sub Type Visa Fees
Visitor Visa Not available
Business Visa Not available
Work Visa Not available
Student Visa Not available

FAQs about Visas of South Africa

Can the South African visitors' visa be extended ?

Yes, the South African short-stay visas can be extended for up to 90 days. The extension process usually takes about 30 to 40 days so you are advised to start the process at least 60 days before the expiration of your visa. 

Am I permitted to work in SOuth Africa as a student ?

If you have a valid student visa in South Africa, you are permitted to work on a part-time basis for a period not exceeding 20 hours per week. However, you must provide proof of sufficient funds to pay for day-to-day living expenses, accommodation as well as tuition fees during your stay in South Africa other than what you will be paid for working.

Is South Africa safe for me to visit ?

South Africa is relatively a safe place to visit but you should note that as there is a wide gap between the rich and the poor in the country, visitors perceived to be rich may be targeted. You are advised to take precautions while South Africa and call the police on 112 in case of any emergency.

What currency is spent in South Africa ?

The official currency of South Africa is the Rand (R). Visitors will find ATMs linked to all major international networks throughout the country.

4 Visas of South Africa found

Visitor Visa from Equatorial Guinea to South Africa
Visitor Visa from Equatorial Guinea to South Africa
Visitor Visa from Equatorial Guinea to South Africa

Visitor Visa, Visas of South Africa, Visa

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The South African visitor visa allows foreign nationals to enter the country for tourism, vacation, recreational and leisure activities. The visitor visa also permits its holder to visit friends and relatives residing in South Africa. The visitor visa does not permit its holder to enrol in any institution in South Africa or to take up paid employment. Your travel documents or passport must be valid for at least 30 days beyond your departure from South Africa and have at least two blank visa pages. You are required to complete a visa application form and signed in black ink. Incomplete visa application forms may delay visa processing. You must submit 2 colour passport-size photographs fitting the South African photo specifications for visa application. Applicants must present an international certificate of vaccination for yellow fever. A letter of invitation from a South African host must also be submitted if the applicant is visiting friends or relatives. This letter should clearly show the address and phone number of the host. As proof that you can cater to all your financial needs while in South Africa, you are required to show proof of financial solvency. This could be any of the following: bank account statements of the latest 3 months. Salary advances Undertaking by a South African host Bursary Medical cover Cash available (could be credit cards or travellers’ cheques). Travel medical insurance that covers the entire duration of your stay in South Africa in case of any medical emergency should also be presented. To show that you intend to leave South Africa once your visa expires, you must provide a copy of your return ticket to Equatorial Guinea or an onward ticket to your next destination. You are to provide proof of private or hotel accommodation for the entire duration of your stay in South Africa. If you are travelling with minors, you are to provide original copies of their birth certificate and a signed letter of consent from the other parent (if only one parent is travelling with the minor). When a minor is travelling unaccompanied, they must provide a signed consent letter from their parents. Employed applicants should provide proof of their employment, such as an employment contract, and leave permission from their employer. Equatorial Guineans are required to pay a visa fee is they intend to stay in South Africa for more than 30 days.

Business Visa from Equatorial Guinea to South Africa
Business Visa from Equatorial Guinea to South Africa
Business Visa from Equatorial Guinea to South Africa

Visas of South Africa, Visa, Business visa

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Foreign nationals who intend to travel to South Africa to engage in business activities such as business conferences, meetings, training or seminars must apply for the South African visitors’ visa. Your Ethiopian passport must be original and have a minimum validity of 30 days beyond the expiry of your intended visit. You must submit a fully completed and signed visa application form for your application. You should note that incomplete application forms will not be accepted. Also, the appropriate purpose of travel (business) must be selected in the visa application form. You are required to submit 2 colour passport-size photographs with your visa application form. The photos must fit the South African visa application photo specification(s). An international certificate of vaccination for yellow fever must be submitted by the applicant. A signed business letter by your employer must be presented. This letter should state the purpose of your visit and the duration of your stay in South Africa. As proof that you intend to leave South Africa once your visa expires, you are to provide a copy of your return flight ticket to your country of origin. A letter of invitation from a partner company in South Africa confirming the nature of the business that will be undertaken should also be presented. Proof of financial means for the entire duration of your stay in the country is required. This could be a guarantee letter on from your company or a letter of support from the partner company, stating that they will be taking responsibility for your financial needs for the entire duration of your stay in South Africa. If there have been previous business relations between your company and the inviting South African company, you are required to provide proof of this. This could be in the form of payment receipts for goods received, bills of lading, or other such documents. This business visa does not permit you to receive payment for any services rendered while in South Africa. If you intend to take up paid employment, you are required to obtain a work permit. If you intend to start a business or invest in a business in South Africa, you need a Temporary Residence Visa and a business permit. You must provide proof of payment of the visa fee before your application can be processed.

Work Visa from Equatorial Guinea to South Africa
Work Visa from Equatorial Guinea to South Africa
Work Visa from Equatorial Guinea to South Africa

Work visa, Visas of South Africa, Visa

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Equatorial Guineans who intend to take up paid employment in South Africa can apply for the South African work visa. The South African work visa is a Temporary Residence visa that allows its holder to stay in the country for more than 90 days. Applicants should note that the work visa is only issued to foreign nationals where South African citizens with the relevant skills are not available for appointment. Also, you must have received an employment offer from a South African employer as you will be required to present a copy of your employment contract, signed by both you and your employer. To apply for the South African visa, applicants are required to provide a certificate from the Department of Labour granting them permission to work as employees in South Africa. You should contact your employer for details on how to obtain this. Your Equatorial Guinea passport must have at least 30 days validity beyond the expiry of your visa. You are required to submit your medical and radiology reports for your visa application to be processed. You are required to present a police clearance certificate with your visa application. If you have a pending police case, it might delay the processing of your visa application. You are required to provide proof of financial means for the entire duration of your stay in South Africa. This should be in the form of your latest bank account statements, cash, or traveller's cheque. A signed undertaking written by your employer accepting responsibility for the costs related to your deportation and that of your dependent family members, should it become necessary must be submitted. You are also required to submit copies of your educational qualifications evaluated by the South African Qualifications Authority and translated by a sworn translator into one of the official languages of the Republic of South Africa. Proof of your employer's legitimacy such as business address and proof of registration with the Registrar of Companies must be submitted by the applicant. If your spouse and/or children will be travelling with you, you are required to submit all required documents on their behalf.

Student Visa from Equatorial Guinea to South Africa
Student Visa from Equatorial Guinea to South Africa
Student Visa from Equatorial Guinea to South Africa

Visas of South Africa, Visa, Student visa

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The South African student visa allows foreign students to study in any educational institution in the country for more than 90 days. To apply for this visa you must have received an admission offer from a South African school. You are to submit an official letter of acceptance from the South African school you will be studying, confirming provisional acceptance and the duration of the course. The passport used for your visa application must have a minimum validity of 30 days beyond your departure date from South Africa. You must have at least two unused visa pages left in your passport. An accurately completed and signed visa application form must be submitted. You are required to provide proof of your financial ability to cater to all your expenses in South Africa (including paying for the tuition fees). You must also provide proof of medical cover for the entire duration of your stay in the country. If the government of your country will be sponsoring your studies, you must submit a signed undertaking from the relevant government to take full responsibility for you while in South Africa. As proof that you intend to return to your country of origin once you are through with your studies, you are required to provide a copy of your return flight ticket or the cash deposit equivalent to the value of a return ticket. Applicants above 18 years are required to submit a police clearance certificate with their visa application. If you have a pending police case, it might delay the processing of your visa application. If you are a minor, you must present your original birth certificate and a letter of guardianship from a resident in South Africa who will act as your guardian for the duration of your stay. This letter must clearly show their contact details. As a minor you are also required to provide a signed letter of consent from both your parents or guardians in your country, approving your travel to South Africa. If one parent has sole custody, then consent letter from only one parent is required along with proof of sole custody.