Applying for a South African Visa in Nigeria

Dreaming of journeying to South Africa to experience its incredible nightlife, wine farms and game parks? Now you can make this dream possible with informed guidance on how to obtain your South African visitor visa. Applying for any visa can be an anxious task but with a step-by-step guide, you’ll have a stress free visa application experience. Follow this simplified guide and find out everything you’ll need for your visa application process. Soon you’ll be booking your ticket to South Africa.

Nigerian passport holders do require a visitor visa for South Africa, but it can be a smooth process with our help! You will need to apply at a VFS Global Centre branch in Abuja, Lagos or Port Harcourt. Always apply for your South African visitor visa at least 4 weeks before you travel to allow for ample processing time (and to spare yourself some stress!)

Please check your eligibility before beginning the application process and submitting your application well in advance of flight departure. Once you have your visa, all that’s left to do is pack your bags!

Please note this process is applicable to Nigerian passport holders.

South African Visitor Visa

Types of Visas

  • Visitors Visa – The visitors’ visa is primarily used for visiting family or vacationing for a short period of time. It is valid for a short period of time. It is valid for temporary stays of up to 90 days.
  • Long Stay Visitor Visa – Best suited for foreign nationals to stay in South Africa for a period between 3 months and 3 years.
  • Business Visa – The applicant’s motivation when applying for a business visa determines the duration for which the visa is valid. A business visa’s validity can range from 3 to 5 years.

Processing Time

Processing time for each application can take a minimum of 6 working days. The processing time may vary as each application has to undergo an individual assessment.

Collection

You can collect your visa at the respective VFS Global Centre. The visa application centre is open from Monday to Friday between 11am to 3pm, except on public holidays and over weekends. You should bring along your receipt which you received on the day you submitted your application. You will be notified via SMS when your application has been sent to the South African Embassy on the submission day. You can track your South African visa application online.

Visa Costs

naira sa visa fees

Visa Fee in Naira (Inclusive of VAT) Service Fee in Naira (Inclusive of VAT)
Short Term: Holiday Visa ₦8,600 ₦25,470
Long Term: Business Visa ₦30,600 ₦25,470

Passport Courier Service Fee: ₦4,500 per passport.

Stay updated with the courier service fees on the VFS website.

The South African visa fee is subject to change without notice. It is based on the current exchange rate.

Applicants are to pay in cash at Bank Implant inside VFS Centre. Be sure to have a copy of the first page of your passport when paying the service and visa fee at the bank.

Visa Requirements

You will require the following documents for a visitor visa:

  • A valid passport (validity of at least 30 days after the intended stay).
  • Two identical passport size (45mmx45mm) photographs on white background showing your complete face.
  • Application Form (BI84), fully completed in black ink only.
  • Copy of passport data page as well as copies of existing visa and previously issued visas.
  • Self-introduction letter with a physical address and phone number.
  • Introduction/Recommendation letter from an employer, where applicable, signed with contact details.
  • Verifiable hotel reservation/bookings – must be done directly with the hotels and not through third parties.
  • Copy of international vaccination card (yellow fever card), fully completed by a health practitioner.
  • Proof of financial status (six months recent bank statements) or financial support letter from employer with six months bank statements in a case where the employer is sponsoring the trip.
  • Applicants travelling on official business should attach a letter of invitation/confirmation of training/conference, etc. from the relevant South African company with full details of the company’s authorised representative, physical address and phone numbers (landline number compulsory) must be included.
  • Birth certificate for minors/children travelling with parents. Where applicable, a consent letter with copies of parents’ identification card/passport data page, which should be attached to the application.
  • Marriage certificate where applicable and if the intended stay will be for more than 90 days
  • Booking Verifiable Flight.
  • Non-refundable visa fee of ₦8,600, excluding service fee.
  • See the full checklist to ensure you have all the require documents. Documents required for a business visa can be viewed on the VFS website.

Where to apply

You can apply for your South African visa at VFS Global in Lagos, Abuja or Port Harcourt. All applicants must submit their applications in person at the application centres.

VFS Application Centre – Lagos

Address: Plot 110, Admiral Ayinla Way, Opposite Treasure Garden Estate

Third Roundabout, Lekki Phase I, Lagos

Contact: +234 815 018 8800
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday: 08:00 – 15:00

There is a parking bay located outside the visa application centre. Motorbike taxis (okadas), buses and taxis are available to take you to the Visa Application Centre.

VFS Application Centre – Abuja

Address: No. 38, Lobito Crescent, Wuse 2, Abuja
Contact: +234 81 5018 8800
Submission Timings: Monday to Friday – 08:00 – 15:00

You can find parking at the Big Bites eatery located nearby the visa application centre, or taxis are easily available for drop-off and pick-up.

VFS Application Centre – Port Harcourt

Address: Vineyard Shopping Centre, 88 Woji Road, GRA, Port Harcourt
Contact: +234 81 5018 8800
Submission Times: Monday to Friday: 08:00 – 15:00

There is parking outside the Vineyard Shopping Centre. Buses, taxis and motorcycle taxis are available to get you to the VFS centre.

How to book an appointment

SA visa application

Each application centre accepts a set amount of application entries per day. Lagos accepts 230 applications, Abuja accepts 150 and Port Harcourt accepts only 20 applications. It is advised to get to the application centre as early as 7am in order to hand in your application in good time and avoid long queues.

Where to Print Your Documents:

In Port Harcourt:

Epos Centre International Limited

Address: 256 CAN Link Road, G.R.A Phase 3, Rumueme, Port Harcourt, Rivers
Contact: +234 810 850 3646

Hamiltons Print Resource

Address: 7 Finima Street, Old G.R.A., Woji, Port Harcourt
Contact: +234 803 710 8055

In Abuja:

Stainless Digital Colours Ltd.

Address: Shop Mez 4, Bannex Plaza, Wuse 2, Wuse
Contact: +234 803 588 9103

Lynz Associated Limited

Address: C18, Discovery Mall, Opp. Ecobank, Ademola Adetokunbo Crescent, Wuse II, Wuse, Abuja
Contact: +234 701 920 5000

In Lagos:

Print Centre Limited

Address: Block 68, Plot 23, Bisola Durosinmi Etti Drive, Lekki Phase One, Lagos, Lekki Phase I, Lekki
Contact: +234 1 453 0859

Turnkey Printworld Limited

Address: 1b Fola Osibo Street, off, Adebayo Doherty Rd, Eti-Osa, Lagos
Contact: +234 908 734 7668

There is a photography service at the VFS Visa Application Centres for a cost of ₦1,500 for 8 copies.

All information on this blog page was correct at the time of publishing and may change at any time without prior notice. Travelstart is not affiliated to immigration authorities or their application centres and will not be liable for loss or inconvenience arising from the use of this volatile information.

Travelstart does not provide advice or assist with processing visas. The content of this article is listed as recommended by research and the South African embassy. Kindly check the embassy’s website BEFORE applying for your visa.

Search for cheap flights

Return
One way
Day
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
Month
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December
Day
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
Month
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December
Select
1 Traveller
2 Travellers
3 Travellers
4 Travellers
5 Travellers

499 thoughts on “Applying for a South African Visa in Nigeria

  1. Please, I would love to be in SA to work… And not to for a short term visa… I have looked at the criteria and it my first time of me being there…Some of this document I don’t have….How am I go about it???

    • Hi there, thanks for contacting us. I’m afraid we do not specialise with visa related queries. For this, you will need to contact the Embassy direct or official visa handling agency. They will be able to advise on the cost, correct procedures to follow and what documentation will be required. ~ Aminat

  2. Someone want to do southafrica visa for me ,is my bank printout needed while working the visa …. And how many month will it takes to be out?? I needed your comment..

    • Hi there, thanks for contacting us. I’m afraid we do not specialise with visa related queries. For this, you will need to contact the Embassy direct or official visa handling agency. They will be able to advise on the cost, correct procedures to follow and what documentation will be required. ~ Aminat

  3. I’d like to visit South Africa sometime in the year. Can I still apply even when the date isn’t so sure yet?

  4. Hello,
         My name is ADEGBOLA JAMIU ,I am a police office here in Nigeria and I wish to travel to south Africa during my leave at work to spend 5 days,please what are the documents required and criteria.
                                 Thanks …

    • Hi there, thanks for contacting us. I’m afraid we do not specialise with visa related queries. For this, you will need to contact the Embassy direct or official visa handling agency. They will be able to advise on the cost, correct procedures to follow and what documentation will be required. ~ Aminat

  5. I noticed no one/Admin is responding to people’s comment here so why should I write here!

    • Hi Solotoks, Thanks for getting through to us. What would you like we assist you with?

  6. I want to go to South Africa, Pretoria for a church program. And I want to spend 5days, how can I do about it.

    • Hi there,thanks for contacting us. I’m afraid we do not specialise with visa related queries. For this, you will need to contact the Embassy direct or official visa handling agency. They will be able to advise on the cost, correct procedures to follow and what documentation will be required. ~ Aminat

  7. Please leave your comment…please I am 22 years old, I learnt how to repair phones but I want to go to S.A in other to work there pls help me, what do I need to do?

    • Hi Akintade,thanks for contacting us. I’m afraid we do not specialise with visa related queries. For this, you will need to contact the Embassy direct or official visa handling agency. They will be able to advise on the cost, correct procedures to follow and what documentation will be required. ~ Aminat

  8. Hy im in SA my fiance is in Nigeria, he want to visit me on April.so can u please help me with the procedure. Like if there is some documents that are requested from me..

    Thank you in advance

    • Hi Siphesihle,thanks for contacting us. I’m afraid we do not specialise with visa related queries. For this, you will need to contact the Embassy direct or official visa handling agency. They will be able to advise on the cost, correct procedures to follow and what documentation will be required. ~ Aminat

  9. Please how much is working visa for 2 years?
    And what are the requirements?

    • Hi George,thanks for contacting us. I’m afraid we do not specialise with visa related queries. For this, you will need to contact the Embassy direct or official visa handling agency. They will be able to advise on the cost, correct procedures to follow and what documentation will be required. ~ Aminat

  10. Good day pls I got a message a day after summition and is been over two weeks now, I would like to know if after the processing I will get a message to pick up.
    What is the duration for pick up. Thanks

  11. I just got my study visa, however, as indicated on my visa application, the study is to span through a period of three years ie 2017-2019; but the study permit on the visa issued to me reads that my program will be completed on the 31 of December of this year(2017). How do i get it corrected? Thank you.

  12. Hence the expiry date for the visa permit issued to me is 2017/12/31. Pls bail me out.

  13. I would like to ask a question, am a mother of 4 children, of which 3 of them are South Africa citizens, I came home last November to give birth to the 4th child,now I would love to go back to south,I have south Africa ID,I would want to know the requirements in getting a visa for the infant,thanks

  14. Hi, i want to apply for a South African tourist visa for two weeks what are the requirements and how do i go about it.

    Thanks in anticipation

  15. can i still travel to south africa on 12th march while my visa expires on marchh 14 2017

    • Hi Ademola, thanks for your message. I am afraid we do not handle visa related queries, however, it is best advised that you should not proceed with your visit to South Africa. For more enquiries, please contact the embassy or visa handling agent. ~Aminat

  16. I appreciate, cause I found just what I was looking for. You have ended my 4 day long hunt! God Bless you man. Have a great day. Bye gbadefgeafkcbcdf

  17. Hi, I apply on 22 feb 2017 and have not received text till today

  18. I can see you don’t always have a vital answer to all the questions been ask from all your customers,, it is better to close this platform pls…nobody is a fool okay,,,,this is not customers services to the best of my knowledge.

    • Hi Peter, thanks for contacting us. Is there any way I can assist you, please? ~Aminat

  19. pls I was granted visa since 28th of April 2017 and I have not travel yet, will the Visa expire or do I have till the three months that I was given? pls I need response

    • Hi Henry, thanks for your comment. I’m afraid we don’t deal with visa related queries.Please call the South Africa embassy for your enquiries. However, it depends on the duration of the visa you’re granted. ~Aminat

  20. Please I need South Africa embassy phone number. Can you please give it to me

    • Hi Beloved, thanks for your comment.Please search for South Africa embassy on google, I am sure it will provide you with the phone number. Thank you! ~Aminat

  21. Please do you have VFS has any office or canter in Enugu State Nigeria

  22. Do you have office in Enugu or any office in South East Nigeria.

  23. Pingback: youjizz
  24. Hi gud afternoon,my name is Jennifer, I would like to reside in south Africa how do I go about it?would be waiting for ur reply. Thnk u

    • Hi Jennifer, thank you for contacting us. Unfortunately, we do not process visas. We can only help you with your flight booking to South African. Kindly check the embassy’s website for more information on required documents, procedures and visa costs. Then you can check our website for flight prices by visiting https://goo.gl/4RtYm7. Thank you. ~

  25. Right now it looks like WordPress is the top blogging platform available right now. from what I’ve read Is that what you’re using on your blog? bddaeeedfekegdcf

    • Hi Smithc493, thanks for your comment. WordPress is an easy interface blogging platform, however, there are other cheaper blogging platform you can use for blogging. ~Aminat

  26. Thank you, I have just been searching for information approximately this subject for ages and yours is the best I have came upon till now. But, what concerning the conclusion? Are you certain in regards to the supply? kcaceaeeckeabeek

  27. I truly appreciate this post. I’ve been looking everywhere for this! Thank goodness I found it on Bing. You’ve made my day! Thank you again! cgefdddfaedeedce

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*
*
Website