Applicants who wish to apply for visas to visit South Africa no longer need to travel to the High Commission in Wellington.
The new VFS Global Visa Application Centres (VAC) will offer an easier, more accessible visa application process for applicants with the help of an appointment-based system, easy fee collection, along with a secure dispatch system. Walk-ins will also be accommodated. The South African High Commission remains the sole authority for processing and issuing visas.
Importantly for us Aussies, though, is that New Zealand passport holders in Australia don’t need to pack up and travel to New Zealand. They can apply for visas at the South African High Commission in Canberra, they need only present a bill from their municipality or telephone account indicating their residence in Australia.
- Applications will need to meet the requirements as detailed on the South African Home Affairs website. Please visit www.dha.gov.za for more details on the documents required.
- If in transit through OR Tambo, Lanseria, Cape Town or King Shaka International Airports, New Zealand nationals will not require transit visas (for travel en-route to neighbouring countries). However, transit visas will be required for all those transferring through any other ports of entry. Please enquire about transit visas with the South African High Commission in New Zealand.
- There is a prescribed fee for visa applications with a turnaround time for visa issuance is 5 to 7 days.
For queries regarding the visa process, the South African High Commission in New Zealand can be reached on firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Alternatively, the South African High Commission in Canberra can be contact on 02 6272 7300
UPDATE: 17 February 2017