Visa Information: How to Apply for South African Visa in Nigeria

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Want to apply for a South African Visa and you don’t know how to go about it? Don’t worry we have a wealth of experience and knowledge in this area because we go through the whole process now and then. We are proud to share our knowledge with you.

Before you can apply for a visa, you need a valid Nigerian Immigration passport (validity of at least 30 days after the intended stay). You can easily apply for an immigration passport online or go to the nearest Immigration office in your state or city.

There are different types of visas; people who want to migrate to South Africa and stay there for a long time are advised to apply for a Long Term Visa. You must have a very good reason for your long term stay. If you want to apply for a long term visa, you have to apply directly to South Africa High Commission in Lagos or Abuja.

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The most common type of visa is the Visitor’s or Tourist Visa. Visitor’s visas are issued for temporary visits. The purpose of the visit may be to visit family and friends, vacation or holiday, business, study, attend conference or training and transit visa – just passing through South Africa.

Other types of short term visas are Official and Diplomatic Visas, which are normally issued to Government officials. A Study or Student Visa is issued to students who wish to study in South Africa for a long period. (more than 3 months).

Visa Requirements

  • A valid International Passport ( Ecowas passport)
  • Two identical passport size (45mmx45mm) photographs on white background showing the 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. 4
  • Self-introduction letter with physical address and phone number.
  • Introduction/Recommendation letter from an Employer
  • Verifiable hotel reservation/bookings
  • Copy of international vaccination card (yellow fever card)
  • Proof of financial status (six months recent bank statement) or financial support letter from employer with six months bank statement in a case where the Employer is sponsoring the trip.
  • Applicant travelling on an official business should attach a letter of invitation/confirmation of training/conference, etc. from a South African Company with full details of the Company’s Authorised representative; physical address and phone numbers (landline number compulsory).
  • 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.

How to Apply for a South African Visa

You can apply for a South African visa at VFS Application Centres in Lagos or Abuja. The application process is fast and simple if you have all the required documents. Applicants are required to submit their applications personally at the Application Centre.

South African Visa fees including the service fee is N18, 000. Payment are made only to the bank at the Application Centre and you can only make payment after your application documents have been checked and packaged for you. If the required documents are not complete, you cannot make any payment and your documents will not be accepted. You will have to go back, repackage your documents and make sure they meet the visa requirements and then come back to submit.

You should make sure that you have all the documents indicated on the requirement check-list or else your visa could be delayed or may not be granted.

Submission

Submission time is between 8am to 3pm on Monday to Friday except on public holidays. About 200 application entries are accepted daily in Lagos while 150 entries are accepted in Abuja. If you are the 201th person in Lagos or 151th person in Abuja, you will have to come back the second day.

Submission period is always crazy, there are always a long queue with lots of applicants in a day. Sometimes more than 300 applicants are there that some would have to come back the next day. This happens a lot during the festive periods; therefore, you need to get to the application centre as early as 7 am so that you can submit early and not wait for a long time.

Visa Processing

According VSF Global, visa application processing is resolved within 6 working days of the application submission. However, from experience, it does not work that way, some visa applications require additional processing time which takes longer than the 6 working days required for routine processing. It really depends on your travel time from the date you submitted your application. If you are travelling a week or two weeks after you have submitted your application, it is likely you collect your passport before someone whose travel date is a month or two months away, even if you submitted your applications the same day.

Collection

Collection time is between 11am to 3pm on Monday to Friday except on public holidays. When coming for collection, bring along the receipt you were given on the submission day. You will be alerted through an SMS when your application has been sent to the South African Embassy on the submission day and you will be alerted for collection when your passport arrives back to the VSF Global Centre.

You can track your application online by entering your ‘Reference Number’ and your ‘Date of Birth’ and you will know if it is time for collection.

VFS Global Office Addresses

South Africa Visa Application Centre, Lagos
Plot 110, Admiral Ayinla Way, Opposite Treasure Garden Estate
Third Roundabout, Lekki Phase I, Lagos

South Africa Visa Application Centre, Abuja.
No. 38, Lobito Crescent, Wuse 2, Abuja.

South Africa Embassy Address in Nigeria

South Africa High Commission, Lagos
24 Molade Okoya Thomas Street, Victoria Island, Lagos.

South Africa High Commission, Abuja
71 Usuma Street, Maitama, Abuja

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If you have any questions about how to apply for a South African Visa, please let us know in the comment box below.

486 thoughts on “Visa Information: How to Apply for South African Visa in Nigeria

  1. 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

  2. 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?

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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.

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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

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

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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

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

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

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