Visa News and Updates
Moroccan Visa Update - 5/9/2013
NO tourist visas will be taken in by the Moroccan embassy until the beginning of June due to big conference in Morocco, ONLY business visas will be processed
Swiss Visa Updates - 5/7/2013
Please note that Switzerland will introduce the biometric visa system on the 6th of June 2013.
All visa applicants older than 12 years will have to appear at either the regional consular centre in Pretoria or the Consulate General in Cape Town where their fingerprints and photograph will be scanned.
Therefore, with effect from the 6th of June 2013 all applications for visas submitted to the Swiss Consulate will need to be done in person.
They have asked clients to please apply well in advance for their visas as there may be additional delays due to the new process applications can be submitted 3 months prior to date of travel.
The consular office in Pretoria will not introduce an appointment system but warn applicants that they will only process 60 applications a day.
During peak season May, June, November and December some applicants may be turned away once their quota of 60 applications has been reached.
The Consulate General in Cape Town will introduce an appointment system.
To make an appointment please call 021 400 7514 from Monday to Friday during office hours.
Pretoria - Home Affairs - 3/18/2013
Pretoria - Home Affairs Director-General, Mkuseli Apleni today, Sunday 17 March 2013 announced the closure of the departments Pretoria regional offices situated in Pretorius Street with effect from Saturday 23 March 2013. The closure of the offices was occasioned by the lapse of a lease agreement between the Home Affairs Department and the owners of the building in Pretorius Street
Updated Indian Visa Information - 2/1/2013
All applicants applying for Indian visas must now pay a submission fee of R48.00 per application.
Additional Tourist Requirement
- 6 months bank statements
Additional Business Requirements
- Certificate of Incorporation of the South African company
- Certificate of Incorparation of Indian company
- Resident of Gauteng province may apply either at BLS International Centre in Johannesburg or Pretoria. However these applications would be processed by High Commission of India, Pretoria only. In online application Gauteng province residents should select the Indian Mission as "South Africa - Pretoria".
- Residents of North West, Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces should apply at the BLS International Centre in Johannesbrug. In online application North West, Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces residents should select the Indian Mission as "South Africa - Johannesburg".
- Residents of Northern Cape and Western Cape should apply at BLS Internation Centre in Cape Town. In online application Northern Cape and Western Cape residents should select the Indian Mission as "South Africa - Cape Town".
- Residents of Kwa Zulu Natal, Free State and Eastern Cape should apply at the BLS International Centre in Durban. In online application Kwa Zulu Natal, Free State and Eastern Cape residents should select the Indian Mission as "South Africa - Durban".
Vietnam - Visa fee increase - 1/30/2013
Australia - Visa fee increase
Tourist visa fee - R1070.00
Busines visa fee - R1310.00
Sri Lanka - www.eta.gov.ik
Sa passport holders must now obtain visas through the website free of charge
Nigeria - Urgent visas takes 10 working days to process. Should the consulate have a back load of visas the processing could take longer.
British Passport Renewal - New payment form available on our website
Gabon - No more express visas
Reunion Island - All south african passport holders require visas to Reunion Island. If you have a valid French Schengen visa you can use it for travelling to Reunion Island, no seperate visa is required.
The above rule is also valid for all the other French Overseas Departments and Territories (Guadeloupe, St.Barths, St.Martin, Martnique, French Guyana, French Polynesia, New Caledonia and Mayotte)
Christmas Closure - 12/12/2012
Dear Valued Client
Attention: Manager and Accounts Department
The year of 2012 is very quickly coming to and end. As we all know in the travel industry, where December month is a short one, for business transactions and plans have to be made to close books for 2012. With respect to the accounts department, we respectively ask, for all monies that is due to us, to be paid at your very soonest.
We would like to have all our clients statement reach a nil balance by Friday 7th December. Thereafter we will be asking for payment upfront for any visas submitted after the 7th December 2012, unless otherwise arranged. Our credit department will be closed from the Friday 14th December 2012 and re open from Monday the 7th January 2013.
Should you have any queries- please contact myself or Diane.
A decision has been made to close our offices from the 21st December to 4th January 2013. In an emergency situation, we shall have a staff member on-call/at cell number 083 483 5639 for our Cape Town office and 073 799 5348 for our Johannesburg office. Our offices in Cape Town and Johannesburg, shall close at 14h00 on the Friday, 21st December 2012.
We would like to take this opportunity in thanking you for your continuous support in the ever challenging visa industry.
“We wish you all a Festive Season”.
Michele Kendall and Diane Swartz
and all Visalogix staff
Cape Town and Johannesburg Branches
21/12/2012 @ 14h00 Friday for 3 hours
21/12/2012 - 04/01/2013
Canada - 10/22/2012
Please note the Canadian Visa fees has increased and is effective immediately.
Single entry - R700.00
Multiple entry - R1400.00
Australia - 10/22/2012
With immediate effect the Australian High Commission is no longer issuing visas in your passport. Only label free are issued.
Moroccan Embassy In Pretoria - 10/2/2012
Please be advised that the Moroccan Embassy in Pretoria has announced that they are needing 21 working days to process visas.
Angolan Embassy in Pretoria - 10/1/2012
Please be advised that the Angolan Embassy in Pretoria is open for visa submission again.
India - 8/21/2012
India Visa Update
Reuirements are still the same.
Delay process 3-5 working days.
Maximum submissions of 5 applications per day.
PHOTO dimensions have changed. 2 colour identical photos but 5cm x 5cm in size.
Visa form (Signatures) - 8/21/2012
There are many forms that require more than 1 signature per visa application. Should we find on checking documents that there is a signature missing. The documents will be returned. This will delay your application if the applicable documents cannot be returned to our office the same day for overnight couriering. Please double check your client has signed at all applicable places.
Angola - 8/21/2012
The Embassy of the Republic of Angola in Pretoria has announced that no visas will be issued until the 3rd September. The Embassy is closed for Elections.
Hungary - 8/16/2012
Please note that the Embassy of Hungary will be closed on 20 August 2012 due to a Hungarian Public Holiday.
India - Urgent News - 8/14/2012
Indian Visa Submissions
- WITH IMMDIATE effect, one has to apply ONLINE for your visa application.
- On completion of the on-line application, you will receive an "online Visa Registration details" per email.
- This needs to be printed and accompanied with your application.
- Please take note that your client must sign twice on the printed online visa application form.
- Please visit the website www.indianvisaonline.gov.in
- Blue screen will appear with Government of India heading once clicked on above website.
- 2nd paragraph click on "online application link" , which will have an orange heading "online Indian Visa Form".
Delay times and any other "teething problems" will be advised shortly, as the new system is implemented.
Greek Consulate - General in Johannesburg - 6/28/2012
"In accordance with the Schengen rules, visa applications to the Consulate General of Greece should be submitted in person.
In line with the relevant guidelines received, visa applications may be submitted by courier or travel agency in case of persons residing 200km or more from Johannesburg or for recipients of a Schengen Visa in the past two (2) years (or recipients of UK, US,Canada visa).
All applications submitted to the Consulate General of Greece via courier or travel agency must be accommpanied by a relevant authorization dully signed and certified by a police station or Commissioner of Oath. (authorization form available on www.visalogix.co.za)
The above prospective applicants should be warned that they still may be called to appear in person at the Consulate General."
Australia New Visa Fees - 6/26/2012
New visa fees for Australia effective from the 29th June 2012.
Visitors - R980.00
Business - R1190.00
Australian Label Free Visa - 6/21/2012
We have spoken to the Australian High Commission in Pretoria this morning and confirmed that: Officially from the 1/7/2012, the new Label Free Visa shall be in effect.
Please refer to this link below for more details:Australian Label Free Visa
Visalogix close on Saturday 16 June 2012 - 6/15/2012
Visalogix will be closed on saturday the 16th June 2012 (YOUTH DAY).
Thank you for your understanding.
Urgent Indian High Commission Announcement - 5/29/2012
The Indian High Commission, has found that not all information that is completed on the visa application form is true. They have called hotels in India to confirm passengers stay, whereupon no such bookings have been made.
Therefore it is very important that the questions are answered to your best knowledge and to be truthful.
Any agents involved, thus shall be your responsibility that the information given, is correct.
Fabulous News ! - 5/29/2012
Kaylee and Kayden were born on 28th May 2012, a minute apart at about 14h20.
Diane, is well and the twins are a healthy 1.6kg each.
CONGRATUALTIONS from all of us from the VISALOGIX team !!
Uganda - 1/10/2012
The Ugandan High Commission has requested that all visa applications must now be submitted with confirmed accommodation.
Officially this is not on the list of requirements, but they are requesting it.
Canadian Visa fee - 12/22/2011
Please note the Canadian Visa fees has increased and is effective immediately.
Single Entry - R600.00
Multiple Entry - R1200.00
Australian Visa Fees - 12/14/2011
Please note that the following visa fees will be effective from the 30th December 2011.
Tourist - R930.00
Business (short stay)- R1180.00
Spanish Consulate - General - 12/1/2011
The spanish consulate will be closed on Tuesday 6th December 2011.
Austria December Closure Dates - 11/30/2011
Please note that the Austrian consulate will be closed from 23rd December 2011 and will re-open 3rd January 2012.
Embassy of Hungary - December Closure Dates - 11/30/2011
Just note that the Visa Section of the Embassy of Hungary will be closed for submissions from 21 December 2011 until 3 January 2012. The Visa section will only be open for collections during this time. Also note that the collection date of Visa Applications that will be submitted after 3 January will be on 12 January 2012.
Embassy of Finland - 11/30/2011
The Embassy of Finland will be closed on 6th December 2011 for Independence Day.
Sweden / Denmark - 11/28/2011
These fees are effective from 1 Decemeber 2011
Visa Fee R650.00
VFS Fee R300.00
Children 6-12 yrs R380.00
Visa Fee R640.00
VFS Fee - R250.00
Children 6-12 yrs R370.00
Visalogix Office Closure Dates - 11/23/2011
A decision has been made to close our offices from the 27th December to 30th December 2011. In an emergency situation, we shall have a staff member on-call/at cell number 083 483 5639 for our Cape Town office and 073 799 5348 for our Johannesburg office. Our offices in Cape Town and Johannesburg, shall close at 14h00 on the Friday , 23rd December 2011.
We would like to take this opportunity in thanking you for your continuous support in the ever challenging visa industry.
“We wish you all a Festive Season”.
Michele Kendall and Diane Swartz
Cape Town and Johannesburg Branches
23/12/2011 @ 14h00 Friday for 3 hours
27/12/2011 - 30/12/2011 Tuesday - Friday
10/12/2011 - 28/01/2012 All Saturdays closed between these dates
Indian Consulate in Johannesburg - 11/18/2011
Please note that India is now taking 3 working days for urgent visas and not 24 hours.
This will be be until + - 15 January 2012.
Italian Consulate in Cape Town - 11/17/2011
The Italian Consulate in Cape Town has announced that all Cape Town must now appear in person when submitting visa applications. An appointment needs to be schedule prior on www.conscapetown.esteri.it.
Applicants who resides out of Cape Town needs to complete an Authorisation not to appear in person in order for us to submit their applications on their behalf. The authorisation needs to be faxed to the consulate 021 424 0146 for approval.
Further updates will be advised.
Ghanian Embassy in Pretoria - 11/2/2011
The Embassy of Ghana has announced that no express visas will be accepted until January 2012.
Visalogix Office in Cape Town - 11/2/2011
Visalogix Cape Town office will be closed on saturday 5th November 2011.
Thank you for your understanding.
Italian Consulate in Cape Town - 10/4/2011
Italian visa fees increase as of 1st October 2011.
Adult fees - R619.00
Children fee (6-12 years) - R360.00
Greek consulate in Cape Town - 10/4/2011
Greek visa fees increase as of 1 October 2011.
Adult fee - R660.00
Children (6-11 years)- R385.00
Reminder for Dual Citizenship travellers - 10/4/2011
It is now an offence for a SA citizen to enter or depart the Republic using the passport of another country. It is also an offence for such a citizen, while in SA to use his/her foreign citizenship or nationality to gain advantage or avoid a responsibility or duty and liable on conviction to fine or imprisonment for a period not exceeding 12 months.
A SA citizen, who has dual citizenship or nationality, can freely use his/her foreign passport outside SA. However, they must use their SA passport to depart from or enter South Africa.
Turkey Embassy in Pretoria - 9/28/2011
The Turkish Embassy in Pretoria has announced that all Lesotho and Zimbabwean passport holders must appear in person when applying for Turkish visas.
Nigeria - 9/28/2011
The Nigerian consulate has announced that they only have sufficient visa stickers available.
Further information will be advised.
Belgium Consulate in Cape Town - 9/28/2011
The Belgium consulate in Cape Town has announced that they will only be accepting visa applications from Johannesburg applicants if the applicant has had a previous Biometric done by the Belgium consulate in Johannesburg. If the applicant has not had any previous Biometric a personal interview is required.
Further visa information will be advised.
Belgium Consulate in Cape Town - 9/23/2011
Hot Off the Press - Update
JNB Belgium Applicants - to apply in Cape Town.
Belgium consulate still to have urgent meeting during the forth coming week, for confirmation of exact procedures for lodgement.
Release of such information will be updated as soon as their meeting is concluded.
Italian Consulate in Cape Town - 9/9/2011
The visa fee for all visa applications submitted by hand, without appointment slot, may only be paid for via EFT. No cash payments.
This will be effective as of today.
Chinese Consulate - Cape Town - 9/8/2011
Please note that the Chinese consulate in Cape Town will be closed on the following dates.
12 September 2011
3-4 October 2011
Further closure dates will be advised.
Nigeria - 9/8/2011
The Nigerian consulate in Pretoria and Johannesburg has run out of visa stickers. All pending applications will be on hold till further notice.
Chinese Consulate in Cape Town - new rules - 9/2/2011
As the Chinese consulate in Cape Town is now wanting the visa fees to be deposited into Nedbank, we are therefore having to charge applicable banking fees.
Should you wish to make the deposit yourselves, please see details below.
This new arrangement is effective from 5th September 2011.
Important Notice on Calling off Cash Payment
As of Sep 5th, 2011, Consulate-General of the People’s Republic of China
In Cape Town will not accept cash payment for visa / passport / notarisation / authentication fees.
Applicants are kindly required to follow the new procedure of paying the application fee:
1) The Consular officer will issue you a Pickup Form and payment
note with the amount of application fee and the Banking details
of the consulate when you apply in the Visa Section;
2) Please deposit the application fee into our Bank account 1012645134 in any branch of NEDBANK, and ask for the Deposit Receipt.
3) When you come to pick up your documents, please show the Pickup Form and Deposit Receipt to the Consular officer.
Chinese Consulate General in Cape Town
2011 – 08 - 24
Gibraltar - 8/22/2011
Gibraltar Visa Information
1. Gibraltar is a British Overseas Territory and so are Anguilla/Bermuda/British Antartic Territory/British Indian Ocean Territory/British Virgin Islands/Cayman Islands/Falklands Islands/Montserrat/Pitcairn Island/St. Helena & Dep.(Ascension Island & Tristan da Cunha)/The Sovereign base areas on Cyprus/Turks & Caicos Islands and South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands.
2. These visas are processed by the British High Commission in Pretoria and not by the Department of Home Affairs. Applicable charges shall be for the visa fee and handling fee of the applicable consular office, which said to amount to about R1400.00.
3. Supporting Documents
- Valid passport (valid 6 months after intended stay)
- Previous passports
- Evidence of funds
- Evidence of employment/studies
- Evidence of reservation (E-ticket, Accommodation etc)
- Evidence of purpose of visit (eg. letter of invitation)
- 2 Recent passport sized (45mmx35mm) colour photograph
4. Delay for processing
5-10 working days or longer for approval.
5. When applicant visits their nearest VFS office for lodgement a prior appointment is not required. One just has to say they are applying for an British Overseas Territory Visa and they shall be attended to.
6. Those nationals who feature in the chart above (refer to http://www.gibraltar.gov.gi/visa for chart) but hold valid UK multiple entry visas which have been issued for 12 months or more. Regardless of category, are eligible to enter Gibraltar without the need for an additional visa. This exemption also applies to persons who hold indifinite leave to remain in the UK and to persons who holds UK certificates of entitlement to the right of Abode (and have not been absent from the UK for more than 2 years).
Belgium - 8/12/2011
THE Consulate General of Belgium in Johannesburg will close in October to undergo major renovation works.
As a result, the visa department will be closed during this time. Applicants intending to travel to Belgium in October or early November are advised to apply for a visa as soon as possible.
Appointments can be made daily by calling 082 828 02 56 between 13h30 and 15h00 or by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with your client’s surname, first name, date of birth, nationality, date of departure and telephone number.
During the renovation works, visa applications can be submitted to the Consulate General of Belgium in Cape Town. Applicants are invited to contact the Consulate through an e-mail addressed to email@example.com (website: www.diplomatie.be/Capetown ).
Visa applications by holders of diplomatic or official passports will still be processed by the Consulate General in Johannesburg.
We shall keep you updated for any further developments.
Austria - 8/5/2011
The Austrian will be waiving the need for personal appearances from applicants who fulfil the following conditions.
-minor under 18 or
-if the applicant received 2 schengen-visa within the last 3 years the necessity of a personal appearance can be waived.
Applications must be submitted no longer than three months ahead of their journey and no later than 15 days prior to departure.
We shall keep you updated for any further developments.
Romanian Consulate-General 26/07/2011 - 7/26/2011
The Romanian Consulate-General in Cape Town has announced that all applicants must now apply in person. No visa company, travel agent or courier service is allowed to submit on anybodys behalf.
Austria 19/07/2011 - 7/19/2011
Please be advised, that an additional fee will apply for this service. Furthermore, kindly note that all applications will be processed by the Embassy in Pretoria, which is why applications can ONLY be accepted if submitted at least 15 days before departure.
Austrian Visa Application Centre
2nd Floor, South Block
204 Oxford Road, Sandton
Austrian Visa Application Centre
Office 504, 5th Floor, 47 On Strand
Austrian Visa Application Centre
Swift Center, 565 Corner of Peter Mokabe & Crescent Road
2nd Floor Suite 8
Egyptian Embassy Closed 19/07/2011 - 7/19/2011
Please note that the Egyptian Embassy in Pretoria will be closed on Thursday the 21st July and Friday the 22nd July 2011.
Austria 08.07.2011 - 7/8/2011
The Austrian Embassy has announced that with effect 18 July 2011 clients do NOT have to report to the Austrian Embassy in Pretoria in person but can now apply through their appointed Austria Visa Application Centres in Johannesburg, Cape Town or Durban. Further information will be announced.
Spanish visa fee increase as of 01.07.2011 - 7/1/2011
12 years to Adult,
Minors between 6-11 years old
Minors under 6 years of age
Italian Visa increase of 01.07.2011 - 7/1/2011
Adults - R589.010
Children - R344.00 (6-12yrs)
Type D national type - R883.00
Italy - New submission rules - 4/15/2011
In order to the deal at fullest with visa applications, the number of which is increasing constantly, your cooperation according to the following directions is highly appreciated:
Please do collect visa applications only from people who do not live in Cape Town and thus have been duly authorised by the consulate not to appear in person. We cannot guarantee to treat in a timely manner visa applications send via email or courier without authorisation;
Please make sure that visa applications are collected 20 days before the day of departure at latest. We will give the same advice to applicants on the Consulate web page;
An A4 envelope must contain only one application, clearly reporting on the top the day of departure or the day the passport has to be delivered to the applicant.
Italian consulate CPT
Visalogix - New rates - 4/7/2011
In our continued efforts in providing our customers with an ongoing and valued service, we would like to bring to your attention that Visalogix will have no choice but to increase service fees, effective 01 August 2011.
The increase is calculated because of ever increasing fees of airline fuel and petrol prices which directly affect courier fees.
Throughout the past 2 years of petrol increases and recently the recession of last year, we have not increased our service fees.
A revised service fee list will be sent out to all of our clients by the 1st August 2011.
Please advise all relevant persons in your organization of this forth coming increase.
Should you wish to contact us, please give Diane or Michele a call on 011 3911773 or 021 4255896 respectively.
We value your business and would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continuous support.
Michele Kendall and Diane Swartz
Panama - New visa info - 4/7/2011
According to the current regulation based on the Executive Decree No. 248 of July 21st 2009, which dictates that any person regarding his or her nationality, holding a valid visa of the following countries: USA, Australia, Canada, UK, or any of the states conforming to the European Union, that has been previously used to enter the issuing country at least once, is allowed entry to Panama without having a stamped visa by purchasing a tourism card on arrival for $35.00
France - CPT Appointments - 3/7/2011
The French consulate in CPT is fully booked until 18 March 2011.
Argentina - SA Temp Passports - 2/28/2011
SA temporary passport holders need visas for Argentina.
We can submit on behalf of the applicant but they will be called to appear in person during the visa procedure. If all documents are accepted, they will issue the visa the same day.
Angola - Entry visas Update - 2/23/2011
The employment letter and LOI (Letter of Invite) MUST specifically request one of 2 types of entry visas: 30-day visa or 7-day visa.
If the letters do not state exactly that, they will not be issued with any type of visa.
Angola - Entry visas - 2/17/2011
Initially we were told that there was a system problem in Luanda. We were then informed that fraudulent visas were being issued in Luanda and it was being investigated.
We have been informed by the Angolan embassy that there are changes with regards to visas being issued. A 7-day visa will only be extended for 7 days and not 30 days. They are not issuing 30-day visas and want all applicants that are going to work in Angola to obtain a work permit. We have asked them to give us this in writing but they refused to do so. Sarah and Lily from the Angolan consulate stated that a work permit takes a long time to process even if the company in Angola applies on behalf of the applicant.
China - New visa application forms - 2/14/2011
The Chinese consulate in CPT has recently released new visa application forms which is available on our website.
Norway - Apply on-line procedure - 2/14/2011
The Royal Norwegian Embassy in Pretoria has started using the Norwegian Application Portal as of 01 February 2011.
Anyone who is applying for a visa or residence permit Norway should now register the application, pay the application fee online and book an appointment on the secure Application Portal before submitting their supporting documents at the Embassy.
The address to log onto will be: www.norway.org.za
Visalogix can submit the application for applicants once they have made the appointment.
China - New Years celebration closure dates - 1/27/2011
Please note that the Chinese Embassies will be closed for Chinese New Year from the 2 Feb 2011 - 4 Feb 2011.
They will reopen for visa application services on the 7th of February 2011.
Belgium CPT - Appear in person - 1/19/2011
As from 01 Feb 2011, all applicants, regardless of the distance of residence, MUST appear in person for fingerprints.
Belgium CPT - Appear in person - 1/14/2011
All applicants are required to appear in person for their Belgium visas. Residence within 250km MUST appear in person. Those residing any further can use a representative to apply on their behalf.
Cameroon - Invitation info - 12/22/2010
When applying for a Cameroon tourist or business visa, the Cameroon police must certify the signed invitation letter or hotel booking.
Sri-Lanka - Specific Requirements - 12/10/2010
When submitting a Tourist or Business visa for Sri-Lanka please submit the following:
- Invite letter to be faxed directly to the High Commissioner for Sri-Lanka on 012-460 7702. A copy to be presented with application.
- Copy of receipt for payment of hotel booking
- If on a foreign passport, original passport with SA permit.
Dubai - Visas online - 12/2/2010
Dubai visas can now be applied for online through www.emirates.com but if there are any queries regarding the visa application or refunds, Emirates or (DVPC) VFS Global cannot provide support.
Dubai - Duty times - 12/1/2010
Please note the duty time of the Dubai Immigration/ DNRD as per Dubai Immigration.
Dubai Immigration duty time for National Holiday will be as below:
Thu 02- Dec OFF Duty
Sat 04 - Dec 08:00 - 16:00
Sun 05 - Dec 09:00 - 13:00 for Urgent cases only
Counter will be close from 02 - 05 Dec, and will resume duty on Monday as normal duty.
Operations Manager - South Africa
Dubai Visa Processing Centre (Emirates)
VFS Global Services Pty Ltd
Bangladesh - Closure dates - 11/12/2010
Bangladesh High Commission is closed next week from 16-18 November 2010.
Australia - Unabridged b/c Substitution - 11/11/2010
If unabridged birth certificates cannot be provided Australia will consider hospital records providing that both biological parents names and the childs name is on the documentation or a copy of the medical aid card if it has both the parents names and the childs name on it.
Dubai - Eid closure dates - 11/11/2010
Please note that DUE TO EID, Dubai Immigration will be closed most of the days next week ( 15 November till 18 November 2010).
During this time few if not most applications submitted will not be processed via Immigration. Please keep these dates in mind when applying for Dubai visas.
We do understand that this causes an unfavourable situation but DVPC assures you that we will do all that is possible to keep you informed and maintain a quick processing time from our side to prevent any more delays when the DNRD to start processing again.
For any queries please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Operations Manager - South Africa
Dubai Visa Processing Centre (Emirates)
VFS Global Services Pty Ltd
Canada - Closed Tomorrow - 11/10/2010
The Canadian High Commission has a published holiday tomorrow 11.11.2010
India - New visa info - 11/10/2010
The Indian consulate in JHB is not accepting applications too far in advance. Applicants must apply at least 3 weeks before departure date.
Australia - Old forms - 11/3/2010
Australia has new application forms. As of 12 Novermber 2010, they will not be accepting old application forms dated (07/10).
New forms available on our website.
Malawi - PTA High Commission - 11/3/2010
The PTA High Commission is closed to the public on Wednesdays.
Ghana - PTA consulate - 11/1/2010
The Ghanaian High Commission in Pretoria is closed to the public on Fridays as of November 2010.
Gambia - Application form - 10/29/2010
Gambia now has an application form and its available on our website.
Australia - Tracking numbers - 10/27/2010
VFS Australia does not have any receipt PRAC numbers to be handed to applicants.
Therefore, besides not having any collection dates, we also do not have any receipt numbers.
Will advise when they are being printed again.
Nigeria - Delays in processing - 10/27/2010
Nigeria is experiencing problems with their issuing systems. They have been intermittently off line and online for the past 2 weeks which has caused delays in the processing of visas, both urgent and non-urgent. All types of visas e.g., Tourism & business, STR’s, TWP’s, etc. are being affected.
Canada - New forms - 10/19/2010
The Canadian High Commission PTA, has released their new application form. Applications and checklists are available on our website.
Angola - Pretoria consulate - 10/19/2010
The Angolan consulate in Pretoria is closed until further notice. All applications must now be submitted through the Johannesburg consulate.
Austria - Cape Town Consulate Closed - 10/19/2010
The Austrian Consulate in Cape Town is now officialy closed.
All CPT residents are to appear in person at the embassy in Pretoria. If applicants from CPT have applied in person at the CPT consulate within the last 3 years, then Visalogix may apply on their behalf.
An appointment must be made by calling their call centre: 011-461 3398 or 087 940 3471 (Mon-Fri 08h00-17h00)
Gibraltar - Visa info - 10/8/2010
South African nationals require visas to enter Gibraltar. Visa requiring nationals who hold UK multiple entry visas valid for one year or more (not UK residence permits with limited leave to remain in the UK) or Indefinite Leave to remain in the UK may enter Gibraltar, as visitors, at the ultimate discretion of the Immigration Authorities without the need for a separate visa.
Visa nationals who are able to avail themselves of these exemption arrangements but who enter Gibraltar from Spain intending to return there or those in transit into Spain will only be admitted if they hold valid Schengen visas ensuring their entry/re-entry into Spain because Gibraltar is not part of Schengen.
D E Reyes
Spain - Proof of funds - 9/9/2010
The Spanish consulate in Cape Town has informed all regarding the new requirements. They have specified that they require the documents to be submitted in the exact order as on the list and STRICTLY 3 MONTHS LATEST BANK STATEMENTS ACCEPTED. No other form of sufficient funds.
Dubai - Eid - 9/7/2010
Due to the below Eid holidays our turn around time on applications will be disturbed.
Kindly refer to their duty timing below starting on 9th of Sep till 13th Sep during Eid Holidays.
THU 09th Sep they’ll be on duty from 07:00 to 13:00
FRI 10th Sep will be close,
SAT 11th Sep will have short staff for urgent cases from 09:00 till 13:00
SUN 12th Sep will be close.
MON 13th Sep will have short staff also from 09:00 till 13:00
Montenegro - Visa info - 8/19/2010
SA passport holders, with a valid Schengen visa, do not require a visitors visa for Montenegro. (Dates must cover visiting period in Montenegro)
Please be advised that there is still no representation for Montenegro in SA, however, the Embassy of Serbia in Pretoria will act as their representative.
Spain - Apply in person - 8/18/2010
As from the 1 September 2010, all applicants living within a 400km radius from the Cape Town Spanish consulate, wishing to obtain a Spanish Schengen visa, MUST apply in person.
An appointment must be made with the Spanish consulate in Cape Town. They are contactable on 021 422 2415.
Nigerian/ South African - Visa Relations Sour - 7/9/2010
It has been brought to our attention this week, that consular offices of both countries are reluctant to issue visas for either traveller.
It seems to be a ‘tit-for tat” situation.
Consular offices at the Nigerian Consulate-General in JNB are not issuing visas to SA passport holders
and so the South African officials in Nigerian are not issuing visas for Nigerians.
There is a new Ambassador at the Nigerian office in JNB and new procedures seem to being implemented.
Example one of our clients have had to fly from CPT today, to the Nigerian consulate in JNB for her Multiple entry/6month business application.
Please advice your clients who wish to visit Nigeria that there are delays in the processing of their visas.
We shall keep you updated to any further progression.
Serbia - New info - 5/21/2010
As from 01 June 2010 requirements and form will be changing. Please check on our website for updates.
Schengen Visa Form - Update - 5/21/2010
We are experiencing Schengen application forms that are only signed ONCE.
Please note that the applicants must sign TWICE/THRICE where applicable, particularly the declaration where each country of Schengen has their own "data protection agency details".
Spain - Latest news - 5/21/2010
As of 01 September 2010, applicants within 400km of the CPT consulate needs to apply in person.
CPT consulate will accept applications from these following regions:
Spain - New CPT website - 4/1/2010
The Spanish consulate in CPT has a new website address:
Spain - Kwazulu-Natal applicants (CPT consulate) - 4/1/2010
As of 01 April 2010, all Kwazulu-Natal applicants to submit their applications to the Spanish consulate in CPT.
Spain - Urgent notice - 3/17/2010
CPT Spain consulate will not process any visas between 26.03.2010 - 06.04.2010 as they will be updating their systems. We can however still submit applications.
France - New french visa form - 3/11/2010
As of the 5th of April 2010 the new french schengen form will come into effect.But the form can be used with immediate effect.The website is updated constantly by the French Cape Town consulate, so please refer to the website www.consulfrance-lecap.org
India - Visa form - 2/22/2010
There has been some discrepancies about the correct visa application form for India. The Indians have been using their old form for the past two weeks but have now changed back to the new form, which is loaded on our website for easy access.
Cyprus - Visa info - 2/11/2010
The Cyprus High Commission no longer issues multiple entry visas, only single entries. They do offer an urgent service at double the cost of the visa fee and will do it in 2-3 days instead of normal processing time of 5 days.
UK - Visa info - 2/11/2010
Dear Visa Section
I want to know if some one has a valid visa in an expired passport, can the traveler travel with both new and old passport?
Thank you for your query,
You can only have the visa transferred in the UK at the Home Office (kindly refer to the link www.bia.homeoffice.gov.uk). If you have a valid visa (not just stamps) in an old passport, you may travel with both the old and new passports to show at immigration. It is not mandatory to have the visa transferred.
UKBA VFS Helpdesk
Austria - CPT and PTA - 2/3/2010
As from the 03 February 2010 all applicants must apply in person for their visas. Appointments must be made prior submission via Call Centre 087 754 4499
India - New requirements - 12/21/2009
India has new list of requirements:
2X Colour photos
E-ticket and Itinerary
Copy of SA ID
Utility bill and copy of passport of invitee
Invite letter/Hotel booking
Invite letter from inviting company
Visalogix closure dates - 12/3/2009
Dear Valued Clients
Re: Visalogix Closure Notice – for Festive Season
2009 has come as quickly as it is about to go!
Visalogix shall be operating with skeleton staff over the December and January months.
CAPE TOWN & MIDRAND OFFICE CLOSED
However, we have made the decision to close office for 4 days between Christmas and New Year.
DATES CLOSED: 28, 29, 30, 31ST DECEMBER, (Monday to Thursday)
We would like to advise all of our clients of our Saturday closure period during the festive season of 2009/2010.
As from the 19th December 2009 until 30th January 2010, the Cape Town office will be closed on those SATURDAYS.
We would like to take this opportunity in thanking you for your ongoing support during a challenging 2009 travel year!
Wishing you all a safe and happy Festive Season!
Best wishes from
Michele and Diane and the Visalogix Team
Nigeria - No visa stickers - 11/3/2009
The Nigerian consulate in Pretoria has run out of visa stickers. All pending applications will be on hold till further notice.
Germany - Visalogix submission details - 10/19/2009
Visalogix can process applications for applicants who have either had a Schengen visa with the validity of one year issued to them, by the German Embassy in the past 24 months prior to application.
Appointments need to be made by applicant.
Germany - New appointment system - 10/14/2009
Germany has appointed a new system for applicants. You now need to make an online appointment through the link www.visa-germany.co.za or call 0861-00 22 45. All applicants MUST apply in person as from 15 October 2009.
France CPT - New location and new processing times - 10/12/2009
The Cape Town French consulate has relocated their visa department to a premises located at 2 Dean Street, Cape Town. In this regard, they do not assist with same day issuing or 24 hours anylonger. They are 3 days strictly.
UK - Veteran passports - 9/8/2009
If you were born before 02.09.1929 you are qualified for a Britsh Veteran Passport.
A normal application form is completed and is submitted. The consulate will send the veteran form thereafter.
Canada - Tip when completing a form - 9/2/2009
Consulates have advised that applicant's please refrain from using Tipex on application forms.
Canada has especially advised.
U.A.E - Visa Query - 9/2/2009
Passenger flies Etihad Airways to visit son, who lives in Dubai. Father's air ticket shows Cape Town - Dubai, but he will land in Abu Dhabi and has bus transport to Dubai.
As part of the condition, Etihad Airways arranges visa, but 3 nights accommodation in Abu Dhabi must be paid for to obtain visa. Requires minimum of 10 working days to process.
Sponsor in Dubai, his son, applies for his visitor visa in Dubai. Original approved e-visa must be taken to the Visa Office at the Abu Dhabi Airport, (as this is 1st port of call). Advised to send a copy of visa to father in South Africa
Cyprus - Hotel info requirement - 8/27/2009
If staying in a hotel in Cyprus, the booking from the hotel in Cyprus MUST be faxed to the Cyprus High Commission in Pretoria. It must be on the hotel's letterhead and a copy must be submitted with the application.
Spain - New Requirement - 8/19/2009
When travelling to Spain and onto any other country, the other country visa MUST be processed first before Spains. E.g, Morocco - Spain - Egypt, Morocco and Egypt need to be processed first
Croatia - Fees 2009 - 8/6/2009
Single, Double and Multiple R468.00
Urgent visa fee R945.00
Germany - Requirement - 8/5/2009
Please be advised that the photo for visa application must not be the same in the passport or previous visa.
Egypt - Closed: 23.07.2009 - 7/22/2009
The Egyptian consulate in PTA is celebrating a public holiday on 23 July 2009 and will be closed.
North West Africa - Visas - 7/21/2009
Visa Touristique Entente - visa covers 5 countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote D Ivoire, Niger and Togo.
Visa is valid for 60 days from date of issue, single entry each.
Visa issued via Benin Embassy in Pretoria if applying in South Africa.
We can assist!
Canada - Visa fee decrease - 7/9/2009
single entry visa R555.00 Multiple entry visa R1110.00 for Temporary Resident visa. Please contact us for other visa categories fees. updates
Taiwan - Cape Town photo specifications - 7/9/2009
The Taiwanese consulate at present is not happy with photos which have staple marks on them.
China - Consulate Cape Town - 7/9/2009
Presently the Chinese consulate is wanting to have a R1000.00 available per day as proof of finance for a tourist applicant.
Italy - Cape Town visa processing - 7/7/2009
Please note that due to technical reasons applications submitted from 10th July to Tuesday 21st July will only be processed after the 22nd July. Please note that new fees will be effective from 1 July 2009.
UK - Exemption of transit details - 6/24/2009
A person is exempt from a DATV (Direct Airside Transit Visa) if you have any of the following valid visas in your passport: Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the United States of America.
On return, you are also exempt from the transit visa.
Trinidad and Tobago - Interviews - 6/22/2009
As from June 2009, the Trinidad and Tobago consulate may request personal interviews with applicants.
UK - New visa info - 6/22/2009
The exemption closing date for entering the UK without a visa is 01 July 2009.
Meaning that if you enter before 01 July 2009, and you have an entry stamp for the UK in the passport you are travelling on, you will be exempt from the visa.
If you are travelling onwards out of the UK then wanting to return again, e.g from the UK to France and back, YOU WILL NEED A VISA!
UK - Visa exemption closure date - 4/28/2009
As from 1 July 2009, all South Africans with or without entry stamps in their current valid passports, will require a visa for the UK.
Croatia - Visa requirement - 3/14/2009
For the Croatian Visa submissions at the Embassy in Pretoria, South Africa, special agreement has been made by Zagreb, that applicants need not have to apply in person.
However, there are more strict visa requirements.
- If you already have a valid Schengen visa in your passport, when you apply for your Croatian visa, the delay shall take about 10 -14 working days.
- If you do not have a valid Schengen visa in your passport and you are not travelling to a Schengen country, then the delay can take 20 -30 working days.
- Travel Insurance must be produced, particularly for the medical cover
- Accommodation must be booked and a voucher to show that at least 30% deposit has been made.
- No internet bank statements or documents accepted
- If private visit, then a “natural persons Letter of Guarantee Form” must be completed
- If a business visit, then a “Legal persons Letter of Guarantee Form” must be completed
- Download form from http://za.mvphr
Supporting documents as before,
- Valid passport ( 3 months valid after date of departure from Croatia)
- 1 x colour photo 35x45mm
- e – ticket
Visa fees s/e; d/e; m/e R468.00
Urgent issue R945.00 for approximately 3 working days if Schengen visa issued
Applicants under the age of 15 years, pays 50% of the applicable visa fee
Visa Fees can change without prior notice.
UK - Visa updated info - 3/14/2009
IMPORTANT CHANGES FOR SOUTH AFRICAN VISITORS TO THE UK
The British government have announced changes to the visa requirements for South African nationals who wish to visit or transit the United Kingdom.
From 3 March 2009, South African nationals seeking to visit or transit the United Kingdom will need to obtain a visa before travelling. There will be a temporary exemption to this requirement for those who have previously travelled to the UK in their current passport.
If you are travelling to the United Kingdom for the first time, or if your current passport does not contain evidence previous travel to the UK (i.e., a UK arrival stamp), you will need to apply for a visa.
If you have previously travelled to the United Kingdom using your current passport, you will qualify for the exemption and will not need to
Applying for a visa is a simple. Use the links on the left to find out more information on how to apply for a UK visa.
All of the Visa Applications Forms (VAFs) and General Guidance for visa can be found on the UK Border Agency Website.
UK - Exemption period - 3/14/2009
We have downloaded the relevant visa information to make it easier for you to obtain the information on hand. As this visa information is “hot off the press”, we have noted that the VFS Global, websites are not updated as of today, so please expect updated information to follow:-
These are the immediate questions we can answer for you now:-
- YOUR CURRENT VALID PASSPORT MUST HAVE A UK ENTRY STAMP IN IT, THEN YOU DO NOT REQUIRE A VISA TO ENTER THE UK
- THIS EXEMPTION IS VALID UNTIL MID 2009
- PASSPORT MUST BE VALID FOR AT LEAST 6 MONTHS FROM DATE OF APPLICATION
- 2 CONSECUTIVE BLANK PAGES NEED TO BE FREE FOR UK VISA TO BE ISSUED THEREIN
- DELAYS ARE TAKING ABOUT 5-10 WORKING DAYS TO PROCESS THE VISA
- APPLICANTS NEED TO APPLY FOR THE VISA AT THEIR NEAREST VFS OFFICE
- VISA FEES AT PRESENT APPROXIMATELY R991.00 FOR A TOURIST VISA (Ł65.00)
- VISA FEES AT PRESENT APPROXIMATELY R680.00 FOR A TRANSIT VISA (Ł45.00)
- REGARDLESS OF AGE OF APPLICANT ALL THE SAME FEES ARE APPLICABLE
- YOU CAN AQUIRE AN AUTHORISATION LETTER TO GIVE US PERMISSION TO COLLECT YOUR PASENGERS PASSPORT WITH THE ORIGINAL COLLECTION SLIP. THIS IS ONLY FOR THE JNB/PTA/CPT VFS OFFICES.
- SHOULD YOUR PASSENGERS WISH FOR US TO ASSIST THEM WITH THEIR UK VISA QUERIES, OR PROVIDE A CONSULTATION THEY ARE WELCOME TO CONTACT US.
Germany - CPT applications - 3/2/2009
Please ensure that all passports be signed prior to submitting applications for Germany.
Dubai - Photo requirement - 3/2/2009
Dubai have now requested that 2 colour photographs be submitted with the application.
UK - Visa for SA passports - 2/9/2009
PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT THIS INFORMATION IS NOT CONFIRMED.
WE AWAIT THE PRESS RELEASE FOR TODAY FROM THE BRITISH AUTHORITIES.
VFS GLOBAL,(VISA FACILITATING SERVICE) IN CAPE TOWN WILL ONLY ATTEND TO OUR QUERIES AS OF TOMORROW AFTER THE PRESS RELEASE.
THEY (vfs) WERE NOT EVEN SURE OF THE VISA CHANGE INFORMATION.
WORD IS OUT THAT AS OF 3RD MARCH 2009 SOUTH AFRICAN’S WILL REQUIRE A TRANSIT OR VISITOR VISA, PRIOR TO ENTRY INTO THE UNITED KINGDOM.
WE SHALL KEEP YOU POSTED AS SOON AS WE HAVE CONFIRMATION FROM THE RELEVANT AUTHORITIES.
Cape Town and Midrand offices
09 February 2009
Switzerland - Schengen Visa - 2/9/2009
No appointment is necessary during normal opening hours at the Consulate in Cape Town.
First time Schengen visa applicants have to apply in person. Applicants who have been in possession of a Schengen visa in the past two years are exempted from this and can send their applications by courier. An appointment is necessary and can be made by telephone at the following number: 012 452 06 62, from 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm. Monday - Thursday only.
Switzerland - Apply in person - 11/21/2008
Switzerland has now issued a statement that all applicants applying for a Schengen visa MUST APPLY IN PERSON. It has not yet been confirmed if applicants require an appointment to submit.
Switzerland - Joining Schengen - 10/22/2008
The Swiss consulate in Cape Town has indicated that they are to join Schengen around about the 5th December 2008. At present no visa forms or requirements have been issued. As soon as we have the forms they shall be available on our website.
Mexico - Interviews - 9/10/2008
All applicants MUST go in person to the Consulate in Pretoria as from the 1st October 2008
Thailand - New forms - 9/8/2008
New Thailand forms ***
Mexico - Photo requirement - 9/8/2008
Requires 2 photos as from the 08.09.08
Dubai - Travel insurance - 8/4/2008
Please note as from the 4th August 2008 Travel Insurance is needed for all applications. for more info call 0113255891
Visa Solutions - JHB - 7/10/2008
Please note that visa JHB is located @ 5th floor, South Wing, Hyde Park Shopping centre, Sandton. Docex 11, tel: 011 325 5891; fx: 011 325 5913, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Croatia - Cruise Visa Requirements - 6/11/2008
SA passports require visas NOW, 10/06/08 consulate was made aware of change no more captains visas. Passengers, need to obtain visas prior to travel 10-14 working days. No visas issued if travel is sooner.
Czech Republic - New Visa form - 2/25/2008
Please download the new form for the Czech visa as they are part of the Schengen now.
Visa Solutions - JHB 2008 - 2/25/2008
Please note that we have moved.
Tel: (011) 312 9451/2
Fax: (011) 312 9453
Cell: 083 344 1040 (Diane)
Cell: 073 799 5348 (Claude)
Visa Solutions - Closure updates - 12/12/2007
Visa Solutions will be closed the 24th December 2007
Canada - SA temporary passports - 12/12/2007
Canada high commission will not accept South African Temporary passports anymore as from 01.01.2008.
Visa Solutions - Closure updates - 12/11/2007
Please note that Visa Solutions will be closed on all Saturdays from the 15 December to the 02 February 2008.
Hungary - Price increase - 10/3/2007
SA Temporary Passports - 10/2/2007
With immediate effect, the following countries no longer accept temporary passports.
France - Temp SA passports - 9/28/2007
Please note that of today the French Consulate will NO issue French Visas on South African Temp passports. 28.09.07
Italy - Cape Town - 9/18/2007
Please note as from the 17 September 07. Visa applicants have to appear in person for an interview. Unless the person stays more than 70 km out of Cape Town. If the visas are urgent and no appointments available.
Ivory Coast - New visa form - 8/23/2007
Please fill in two visa forms per applicant.
China - New requirement - 8/23/2007
Please note if you have not been to China before the consulate will need proof of funds.
Hungary - Closed today due to holiday - 8/20/2007
no submitions on Tuesdays
Croatia - Taking 15 Working days to issue - 8/17/2007
Croatia are taking 15 working days to issue
India - Business visa requirement - 8/17/2007
Please note for India need two orginal forms for business. No copies will be taken in by the Consulate
India - 8/17/2007
please note for India need two orginal forms for business. No copies will be taken in by the Consulate
Uganda - No longer issues M/E - 7/31/2007
No multiple entry visas will be issued until furth notice.
Spain - 7/30/2007
Please check for new requirements under the visa form page
Nigeria - is now 156 usd - 7/20/2007
please note the visas are no longer R400.00 we pay in usd with a credit card +- R1300.00
Nigeria - We need at least 3 weeks to process - 7/20/2007
delays at consulate please be aware
Nigeria - 7/17/2007
Please contact Diane on the new requirements for Nigerian visas. email@example.com
Uganda - New price list - 7/13/2007
M/E R1400.00 not exceeding six months
Australia - New visa processing time - 7/12/2007
Visa Processing Time
IMPORTANT - The Australian High Commission is committed to assessing all visa applications in the most efficient and timely manner possible. However, due to recent high volumes of applications, the Visa Section is currently processing all tourist and business visitor visa applications within 10-12 working days. Clients are asked to take this into account when planning travel dates. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this busy period.
Please note that the table below lists the average processing times for various types of Australian visa and citizenship applications in Pretoria. The average processing times show the standard this office aims to achieve with a majority of its’ applications.
The processing times apply from the date that a valid and complete visa application is received by the Australian High Commission. This does not include the time an application is with VFS before it is received by the Australian High Commission. The average processing times also do not include any periods that a visa application is held by your agent before it is lodged.
The average processing times are indicative only and do not guarantee an application will be finalised within these timeframes.
Actual processing times may fluctuate or change due to a number of factors, including:
• workload demands and identified workload priorities;
• student processing peaks from December to February and from May to July, leading to delays in the processing of applications in other temporary visa subclasses due to these peaks;
• resourcing constraints, staff travel and absences;
• applicants lodging applications from countries outside South Africa, where interviewing or integrity checking may be required;
• health or character matters which must be resolved prior to an application being finalised;
• lodging of incomplete applications or delays in applicants responding to requests for additional/outstanding information/documentation can also cause delays in the finalisation of an application.
PRETORIA AVERAGE PROCESSING TIMES
Subclass Name Average processing time for a valid and complete application
Visitor (Tourist and Business) and Transit Visas
676 Tourist (Short Stay) 3 working days
686 Tourist (Long Stay) 3 working days
456 Business (Short Stay) 3 working days
675 Medical Treatment (Short Stay) 2 weeks
685 Medical Treatment (Long Stay) 2 weeks
976 ETA (Visitor) 1 working day
977 ETA (Business – Short Validity) 1 working day
956 ETA (Business – Long Validity) 1 working day
771 Transit 3 working days
410 Retirement 8 weeks
411 Exchange 4 weeks
417 Working Holiday Maker 4 weeks
418 Education 4 weeks
419 Visiting Academic 4 weeks
420 Entertainment 4 weeks
421 Sport 4 weeks
425 Family relationship 4 weeks
428 Religious worker 4 weeks
430 Supported dependent 4 weeks
442 Occupational trainee 4 weeks
560 Student 6 weeks
309/100 Partner 3 to 6 months
310/110 Interdependent 3 to 6 months
300 Prospective Marriage 3 to 6 months
101 Child 3 months
102 Adoption 3 months
117 Orphan Relative 6 months
445 Dependent Child of a provisional visa holder 3 months
Other Family Migration*
114 Aged Dependent Relative 8 months
115 Remaining Relative 8 months
116 Carer 8 months
* Applications from West Africa across all family migration categories, have an average processing time of 9 to 12 months.
Resident Return Visas
155 Five Year Resident Return 2 weeks
157 Three Month Resident Return 2 weeks
159 Provisional Resident Return 2 weeks
N/a By descent (under age of 25) 4 weeks
N/a All other situations (must be referred to Australia) 6 months
Enquiring on your application
Please note that if your application is still within the above average processing times, we will be unable to give you any information.
News on Consulates - 5/21/2007
Ethiopia and India don’t want us to submit applications too far in advance.
They will either reject it (as in the case of Ethiopia) or hold it in the consulate for longer (as in India).
There are other consulates that do this too.
Turkey with urgent visas – they take the urgent fee – don’t mark it on their receipt – and then don’t rush it for you – they give a delivery date and then tell you it’s not ready when you collect.
UK - delays to issuing passports (29/03/07) - 5/16/2007
Important notice - delays to issuing passports (29/03/07)
Due to unprecedented demand, we regret that passport issuing is taking longer than the published 10 day target. We are working hard to address the backlog, but most passports are now taking 4 to 5 weeks to issue. To assist us in reducing our backlog, we regret we are unable to deal with any enquiries relating to applications that have been in process for less than 4 weeks unless it is a genuine emergency. If you submitted an application more than 4 weeks ago but circumstances have changed and you now need to travel urgently please email PTA.PassportEnquiries@fco.gov.uk or fax 012 421 7877 with the details. It would assist greatly if applicants refrain from calling to check on non-urgent applications.
We remind applicants that travel should not be booked until a passport has been issued and HM Government cannot accept responsibility for any costs incurred if flights are booked and subsequently cancelled because a travel document is not available.
French - Consulate Cape Town - 4/6/2007
French appointments are booked up for the next 1-2 weeks.
Germany - Proof of forex - 4/6/2007
The German Consulate only will accept proof of forex rept or credit card statement.
Croatia - Multiple Visas - 4/6/2007
Please note the consulate will not be issuing any Multiple visas.
UK - Visa fee increase - 4/6/2007
Please be advised that the British have doubled the visa fees as from the 1st April 2007. Please contact us should you require a price list.
Spain - News URGENT!! - 4/3/2007
The Spanish consulate are fully booked for appointments up until 18 April 2007 They are taking about 8days to do a visa. The consulate is CLOSED 5th April 2007
Visa Solutions - New Consultant - 4/3/2007
Lungelwa Mhlabathi,who can be called Lungi,has joined Visa Solutions as an Intermediate consultant,who has had visa experience in the industry for a number of years. We welcome her to this exciting world of visas and we wish her many happy years with us!
BENIN - 3/7/2007
For all new applications Benin needs 2 application forms and 2 photos
Tanzania - New application form - 3/1/2007
As of 1 March, Tanzania will be using a new application form. (They have not updated their website as yet, for applicants to download.)
Chinese - Consulate closed 5 - 9 March - 3/1/2007
Please note that the Chinese consulate will be closed from the 5 - 9 March inclusive.
Temp passports for Schengen - 2/28/2007
As of the 1st April 2007, Luxemborg, Netherlands & Belgium will not be accepting South African temporary passports
Japan - South African Temp passports - 2/28/2007
Japan will not longer be accepting temporary SA passports for applications nor entry into the country
Spain - Urgent update - 2/26/2007
Take note from today on an appointment will have to be made in advance for the submission of more than 3 applications.
The Consulate General WILL NOT ACCEPT applications submitted less than SEVEN WORKING DAYS IN ADVANCE (applicable to clients living in the Cape Town area). Please also remember that when submitting an application on behalf of a client living outside Cape Town area, you will need to provide for the amount of time needed by your agency to send the visa to the client, on top of our minimum requirement of 7 working days.
Two original application forms need to be accompanied by all necessary documentation and photocopies.
Germany - SA Temp passports - 2/9/2007
As of the 1 March 2007, no person on a South African temporary passport will be allowed entry into Germany, let alone applying for a visa.
World Cup Cricket - Update - 2/1/2007
For any queries please call us
Visa Solutions JHB - Office officially open - 1/29/2007
Visa Solutions is proud to announce the opening of our Johannesburg office doors on 29 January 2007. Address is 3rd Floor, South Wing, Hyde Park shopping centre. Cnr. Jan Smuts Avenue & 6th Road, Sandton, Johannesburg 2196. Contact number is 011 325 5891 and fax is 011 325 5913, person to speak to is Ulla or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
India - Changes - 1/25/2007
India is having some internal changes which would affect the processing time of their visas. These changes will come into effect about the 1st week of February 2007
Croatia - Stricter measures - 1/25/2007
The Croatian Consulate are taking stricter measures to ensure the safety of client's passports etc. Couriers are now advised to advise Companies of their ID number, which the company requires to hand a list to the Consulate. Couriers will either have to have their name tags on or present their ID's when going to Croatian Consulate.
Croatia changes in fees - 1/25/2007
Single entry - R290
Double entry - R370
Multiple entry - R580
URGENT - AUSTRIA - 1/19/2007
Please note the Austrian consulate is very busy and appointments should be made at least 2 weeks prior to departure of your clients.
Italian Visa fees - 1/2/2007
Visa fee for Italy is R543.00
French visa fees - 1/2/2007
French visa fees have increased to R560.75. Visas are free to the following, children under 6 years old, scholars, students, post graduate students, members of the teaching profession who are undertaking a study or educational voyage. Research workers of third countries coming for scientific research defined by recommendation 2005/761/CE of the Parliment and the Council dated 28 September 2005.
Visa Applications are still free of charge to family members of European Union passport holders.
Visa Solutions closing hours - 12/20/2006
Visa Solutions will be closing on Friday 22 December 2006 at 16:00, 27, 28, 29 December at 16:00, all urgent work to be handed in by 13:30 for the bag.
ITALY - 12/14/2006
Please note that the Italian Consulate in Cape Town can no longer accept visa applications for passengers travelling in less than 7 days. This is due to the growinf volume of visa applications.
AUSTRIA - 12/14/2006
Please note that the wait for an Appointment is currently TWO WEEKS. Processing time is about one week at present.
BURUNDI - 12/14/2006
Please note that the Consulate of Burundi in Pretoria are only issuing applicants with a letter. They are not able to issue visas at present.
SPAIN - 12/14/2006
Please note that the Spanish Consulate in Cape Town is needing at least ONE WEEK to process visa applications.
Schengen Visa fee increase - 12/13/2006
As from 01 January 2007, all Schengen visa fees will be increasing to the rand equivalent of 60 Euros. ie: The Finland visa fee at the moment is R330.00, as of 01 January 2007 it will be around R550.00.
Visa Solutions closed on Saturdays - 12/6/2006
Our offices will be closed for Saturdays from 16 December 2006 and will re-open for Saturdays on the 3 February 2007.
Visa Solutions closed 25 November 2006 - 10/30/2006
Please note to all Travel Agents and clients our offices will be closed Saturday 25 November 2006 for our Xmas staff function
Nigeria - apply in person - 10/20/2006
Clients are only to apply in person if they are applying for a Tourist visa.
Mozambique visas needed - 10/20/2006
South African passport holders require visas for Mozambique even going in on business or tourism.
Ghana - new rules - 10/20/2006
Ghana consulate are only accepting Postal orders for visa payments. They will not accept cash anymore.
Congrats to Michele on her new arrival - 10/3/2006
Congratulations to Michele and husband to the arrival of their little baby girl, born 2 Oct 2006. Weighing 3.99kg.
Chinese Closed - 9/26/2006
Consulate will be closed from the 2 October - 4 October and will be open on the 5 October again.
Visa Solutions closed 23/9 - 9/12/2006
Our offices will be closed Saturday 23/9
Namibia Business Visa - 9/11/2006
Please note that you no longer require a Business visa for Nmaibia for a stay of up to 90 (ninety) days. For more information please contact us.
Italy - Minors - 9/11/2006
Please note that there is a seperate application form for Minors travelling to Italy. The Application form and the Affidavit are available on the website.
Austria Appointment - 9/6/2006
Austrian Consulate will only accept application by appointment as of 1 September 2006. Bookings are to be made at least 3 weeks before departure.
Chinese closed - 8/31/2006
Consulate will be closed from 31 August and will re-open on the 4 September
South African visas - 8/10/2006
We are offering the services of South African visitor extensions, renewal of existing SA work permits etc, for more info please contact Visa Solutions
New Turkish Application Form - 7/20/2006
Please note that as of today 20 July 2006 there is a new form for the Turkish consulate. Please see our website.
Passport and certificate services - 7/19/2006
Visa Solutions is now up and running with assistance in obtaining SA passports and certificates. Please enquiry prices.
Canadian visa price increase - 7/12/2006
Canadian visa fees go up as from the 1 August 2006.
Visa Solutions 425 5896 line down - 7/11/2006
Our one extention is down 425 5896, pls dial 425 5897 or 98, while the other line is being sorted out.
French accommodation - 7/3/2006
Please note that the French consulate are checking up on hotel confirmations.
Nigeria Strike - 6/8/2006
Nigerian consulate in JNB & PTY are not issuing visas until further notice as there is a strike happening at the consulates. The Nigerian Consulate was up and running 2 weeks later.
France bookings - 6/7/2006
French consulate is booked up till the 23rd of June. Please phone timeously for appointments to avoid disapointments.
Rosy & Diane away - 5/24/2006
Rosy & Diane will be out of the office from Wednesday afternoon and will only be back in the office on Monday morning, we will be visiting various consulates in Johannesburg & Pretoria.
South African Temporary Passports going to the UK - 4/20/2006
The British Government announced on 19 April 2006 that it would stop accepting South African temporary passport for travel to the UK. They have put in place transitional arrangements that will allow travellers holding a temporary passport, issued on or before 19 April 2006 to travel to the UK up to 1 June 2006. This will ensure that anyone who plans to visit the UK will be able to do so. Those who hold a valid airline ticket purchased before 10 May 2006 will be allowed to travel before 1 June 2006. Anyone with a temporary passport who purchases an airline ticket between 11 and 30 May can also travel to the UK before the 1 June 2006 but will need to obtain a UK visa. From 1 June 2006, South African temporary passports will no longer be accepted for travel to the UK
Easter Weekend - 4/13/2006
Please note that our offices will be closing at 16h00 on Thursday 13th April and will be closed for business on Saturday 15th April.
ENJOY THE EASTER WEEKEND EVERYONE!!!STAY SAFE AND ARRIVE ALIVE!
Angola - 3/14/2006
Pretoria are no longer issuing visas for clients living outside of Pretoria. If they reside in Cape Town they have to apply personally through the Cape Town consualate.
Kuwait visas - 3/3/2006
All passport holders require visas before hand to enter Kuwait.
India - 2/21/2006
Please check that your client signs both pages (3 + 4) where signatures are requested.
Turkey (Cruise) - 2/21/2006
Day visits - Rules have changed. Problems have been experianced at the border for SA Passport holders. Even if your pax is staying on the Cruise Ship and arrives at port in the morning, your pax excursion and departs the same afternoon, a visa is required before travelling.
Namibia Payment Details - 2/17/2006
Please note that as from 1 March, the Visa Section of the High Commission of the Republic of Namibia will no longer accept any cash payments. Payments are to be made in the form of a CASH DEPOSIT at First National Bank through the Missions Bank Account.
Bank Name: First National Bank
Account Name: Namibia High Commission
Account No.: 51420046174
Branch Code: 251445
Branch Name: Church Square.
Please submit original of cash deposit slip with your Namibian Application, otherwise a banking fee will be charged.
VAF 1 Form - 2/10/2006
Please note that we have a NEW form in our office. We will upload it ASAP, until then please ask us to fax it to you. Also note that NO OLD FORMS will be accepted as from the 13 February 2006.
Panama - 2/8/2006
There is no representation for Panama in South Africa at the moment. The office in Cape Town is closed.Passengers must obtain their visa en route.
Mozambique Consulate(Cape Town) - 2/7/2006
Please note that the Mozambique Consulate in Cape Town will be out of Visa Stickers until further notice.
Brittish High Commission - 2/6/2006
Please note that the Brittish High Commission wil be undergoing staff training in the week of the 13th of Frebruary 2006. During this week the Visa Section will be operating with substantially reduced staffing and the service will be adversely affected. Applicants are therefore urged to avoid lodging applications during this week. Any applicants hoping to travel during this week MUST lodge their applications well in advance.
During this period the Brittish High Commission will reserve the right to restrict their opening hours if necessary.
Mexican Update - 2/1/2006
Please note that as of immediate effect, all visa applicants will be required to show for a personal interview at the Consulate in Pretoria.
Michele Kendall (nee Steinhoff) - 1/31/2006
We are proud to announce that Michele is expecting her first baby. Congratulations!
Visa Solutions - 1/31/2006
We are uploading new applications and information on our website on a daily basis, if there is an application that you require urgently please advise us so we can upload it immediately for your convenience.
USA update - 1/30/2006
From February 2 appointments to apply for nonimmigrant visas at a US Consulate General in SA must be scheduled by telephoning the new Visa Information Service call centre. This will replace the current system where applicants can make appointments via the Embassy's website.
Under the new system applicants must pay R86 to obtain a personal indentification number (PIN) enabling them to consult with Visa Information Service representatives via telephone for nine minutes. The PIN can be purchased during the telephone call or at any Pick 'n Pay supermarket. The Visa Information Centre will be open from 08h00 to 19h00 Monday to Friday and 09h00 to 14h00 Saturdays and can be reached at (011) 275 6300.
Canada - New additional form - 1/24/2006
The Canadian consulate has implemented an additional form to be completed and accompanied with the application form, it is on Visa Solutions website under New additional form.
Mali - 1/20/2006
Please note that the consulate will be closed Friday the 20th January 2006
Consulates Closed - List under applications - 1/20/2006
Please check under Visa Forms for a detailed list of consulate closing dates for 2006.We cannot be held responsible for any unpublished dates. List avalible from the 25.01.06
Nigeria reminder Submission Times - 1/20/2006
Submissions on Tuesdays and Thursdays only and Collections Mondays and Fridays only. Wednesday closed
Visa Solutions Saturday Working Hours - 1/19/2006
As from the 4th of February 2006 we will return to normal Saturday times. 09h00 to 12h00. We thank you again for your continued support.