The South African Department of Home Affairs has amended the visa concessions for international visitors and foreign nationals who resided on different extended visas in SA since the outbreak of the worldwide COVID pandemic in December 2019. Here are the new dates that apply and should be taken notice of …

International visitors who are still in South Africa due to Covid-19 lock down restrictions and border closures had until 31 March 2021 to leave the country. The South African Department of Home Affairs recently extended this date. The new deadlines that apply depend on the type of visa issued, its validity and/or its expiry date.

If your visa permitted you to visit South Africa for up to 90 days, and it expired during the lock down, you now have until 30 June 2021 to return home without being declared undesirable. Alternatively you can apply for a 3 months visitor’s visa renewal by 30 June 2021.

If you have an extended visa issued for more than 90 days up to three years, a study visa, treaty visa, business visa, medical treatment visa, general work visa, critical skills work visa, retired person visa or an exchange visa, which expired during the national state of disaster, you need to reapply for a visa on or before 31 July 2021.

International visitors who obtained their visa or permit on or after 15 March 2021, or who entered South Africa from this date, have not been granted any concession.

The Department reminded international visitors to adhere to the terms and conditions of their visa. Any activity not endorsed on your visa or permit is therefore prohibited.

Foreigners, their families and corporates are welcome to contact our Visa One offices for assistance with any visa related query or matter.