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

Click here for the complete South Africa Visa Requirements check-list from the South African High Commission, Nigeria. Click here to download and print the South African Visa Application Form.

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.

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Our Readers Comments

  1. Thank you very much for educating us,I personally,I appreciate

    • You are welcome. For more exciting travel news always visit travel start blogs and remember to always book your flight tickets either through your phone or other device through http://www.travelstart.com

  2. How caan I process a student visa to canada or usa?

    • You should first seek admission in any of the Universities of your choice and after you have gotten your admission letter and other supporting documents from the school, then attach it with other documents required for Visa for study purpose.

  3. My first question before applying for a visa is that, someone most have a passport before applying. So pls if someone lost his/her passport, for like aw many days can it be re issue back and aw much is it

    • Well this depends on the passport issuing authority here in Nigeria. But it does not take up to 2 weeks before a new passport is re issued if you provide all the necessary documents they request.

    • please can someone help me i have submitted my application @ the vfs center\ in lagos since on 13 march 2014 and expected to travel on 20 april 2014 for renewal of my visa to south African up till now i have not see my passport from the vfs center . i want to ask will i get my passport back

    • You can track your application online. They normally send text messages whenever your passport is ready, maybe you missed the sms.

    • You can track your application online.

  4. Pls i understand one can’t get direct flight to Zimbabwe from Nigeria. If one wants to go to Zimbabwe from Nigeria what are the procedures if u know, thanks

    • Well you might not be able to get a direct flight but if you book your flights through http://www.Travelstart.com.ng you will get list of airlines that travels Lagos to Harare(Zimbabwe). And some of these flights include Ethiopian airlines with a stop over in Ethiopia and even South African Airways too.
      So book now with Travelstart.com.ng

  5. it like the link.

  6. A southafrican friend of mine has been disturbing me of visiting her since, do i need any document from her to process my visa? I am a Nigerian, 42yrs .

    • All you need from the person includes
      The person must be able to provide you with
      1.Letter of invitation from a person living in South Africa with physical address and phone number
      2. Certified copies of the host/invitee’s identity document, if he/she is a Foreign National in South Africa, copy of the passport and the Permit legalising him/her to stay in the Republic MUST be attached
      3. Six months Bank Statement(signed and Stamped by the Bank) of the host/invitee
      After check-listing the valid requirements you can then apply for the Visa

  7. I need south African working visa how much will it coast me and how many month visa they will give to me

    • First you need to secure an employment with a south African company who will be inviting you over to take up the employment and as such they will provide you also with some documents with which you will use for your Visa application

  8. How could your company be of help, am planning on a Easter holiday trip to south Africa.

    • Well that’s fantastic!
      This post will guide you as to know which documents are required and after getting them, please visit VFS either in Lagos or in Abuja for the Visa application.
      And remember with http://www.Travelstart.com.ng you will get the cheapest travel tickets to South Africa for your Easter Holiday.

  9. i want my wife to go and deliver our baby in south Africa. Pls, can u help? 08074456332

  10. Hello,please I want you to enlighten me on the process very well bcos I wish to apply for the SA visa and I av no knowlege of travelling out b4.pls email me for better discusion.tanx in anticipation.

    • Well its cool if you want to travel to South Africa either for Visit or for study or for other things like tourism.
      So please see this post and checklist the required documents for your Visa application to SA
      All the best

  11. Pls,i want 2 continue my education in SA.i av HND in animal production.pls can u put me through any school that have courses related to that.tanks

    • There are lots of Universities in SA, so i will advice that you check the websites of schools in SA, see what schools offer your chosen course and then you can apply first for the admission and after you secure the admission, you can then proceed for the Visa application for the purpose of study
      Travelstart wishes you the very best!

  12. I am a graduate in nigeria and want to work abroad but I prefer south africa but am afraid pls take me through on how it would be successful. Pls I will be grateful if you can help with full support. Thanks olawale

    • Well you dont need to be afraid. Working in SA can be very interesting. So see if you could secure an employment first,then get all the documents needed from your employer and then proceed for your Visa application.

  13. Bout the requirements for visa process,i don’t get in some area;Copy of passport data page as well as copies of existing visa and previously issued visas. 4,,what if im applying for it for the very first time,like i havent try out of this country..secondly Introduction/Recommendation letter from an Employer,im a student how can i get that??then,*Verifiable hotel reservation/bookings
    *.Copy of international vaccination card (yellow fever card)..please explain

    • Hi,
      you need documents that applies to you.
      If you have not gotten any visa before then you need not worry about already existing Visa.
      Also you if are traveling for study then you need not also worry about getting any letter from your employer, rather you should get your admission letter in the case of study.
      You should also get your yellow card from the appropriate authority here in Nigeria before you travel

  14. I want to apply for study visa. I intend to pursue my masters in environmental engineering in capetown university of technology. Please grant my application by directing me on the necessary steps and actions towards securing admission and an imminent visa. Thank you.

    • For study Visa, you must have secured your admission from the said university and other corresponding/supporting Study documents from the school. Then from the home front you should get other documents to support your application. See the required documents in this post and checklist the ones applicable for study
      Travelstart wishes you all the best with your studies!!

  15. am interested and satisfied with information

    • Thank you.
      You should always visit this blog for more exciting travel stories, guides and informations.

  16. i need a Long Term Visa. and what are the good reason i can give for long term stay, and how many years will the long time stay be?

    • Well depending on the reason you are traveling. People travel for different reason. So the question is what are you reasons for travel?
      Besides if you will need a good reason for a long stay in SA, it could be work or marriage and the number of years issued is always at the discretion of the South African Embassy to decide

  17. i need a Long Term Visa. i am pregnant and i want my baby to be a south African, can i give this a a reason for applying for a long stay visa

  18. i want 2 apply 4 a long term visa, aw long wil it b?

    • The first thing is that we need to know the purpose of your visit to South Africa. There are various reasons which could be marriage, medical, visit, tourist, work etc So depending on the purpose, you just need to checklist the required box and your visa will be granted.

  19. i want 2 apply 4 a long term visa, aw do i go abt it?

    • The first thing is that we need to know the purpose of your visit to South Africa. There are various reasons which could be marriage, medical, visit, tourist, work etc So depending on the purpose, you just need to checklist the required box and your visa will be granted.

  20. Before anybody can apply wt are d requiremnt. Thnk

  21. I want know Travelling fees and also if the visa fees do change?…thanks

    • By travelling fee, I presume you meant the Visa fees. Well. the Visa fee is 8600 Naira and the service charge is 9000 Naira. But the Application centre always ask for a round figure of 18, 000 Naira. That’s all you need to pay. And also as for now, the fees are constant but we will inform you if the fees changes.

    • Hi Peter, The Visa fee is constant at the moment. The Visa fee is 8600 Naira and the service charge is 9000 Naira. But the Application centre always ask for a round figure of 18, 000 Naira.

  22. I really appreciate your visa info,can you please send it in detail to my mail?what are the things that can cause a denial at the embarssy?(Thanks).

    • Okay i will do just that.

  23. please can I get the actual cost and requirements of procuring the south african visa?

    • Well, Visa fee is 8600 Naira and the service charge is 9000 Naira. But the Application centre always ask for a round figure of 18, 000 Naira. That’s all you need to pay. The documents required and procedure is in this post.

  24. my girlfriend is a south African girl who want me to come over there to arrange for our marriage by November 2014 .how do I go about it. I told her to come to Nigeria she refused. give me Info on how to go over and the cost via my Email. thanks

  25. Thanks, my quiz is , how much the total cost, and it’s N18k is all,
    other quiz ,is what are your company plan for peoples went 2 go SA,
    last , pls , did you have any plan for Canada working visa, thanks , it’s pleasure 4 me,

    • 1. The total money you need to pay to for your Visa through listed banks in VFS are
      Visa fee = 8600
      Service fee= 9000
      2. Travelstart assist you with all the information and guide you need for a successful application and also give you an opportunity to compare flight tickets and make sure you get the cheapest flight ticket price on offer to SA

  26. Please I need a visiting visa, how will I apply for it.

    • If you need a visiting Visa, First someone must be inviting you to Visit.
      The person must be able to provide you with
      1.Letter of invitation from a person living in South Africa with physical address and phone number
      2. Certified copies of the host/invitee’s identity document, if he/she is a Foreign National in South Africa, copy of the passport and the Permit legalising him/her to stay in the Republic MUST be attached
      3. Six months Bank Statement(signed and Stamped by the Bank) of the host/invitee
      After check-listing the valid requirements you can then apply for the Visa

  27. I will like to live and work in S.A .wht are the procedure pls?

    • Is any company inviting you to take up a job in SA? if yes, then its cool as all you just need to do is get a compilations of all the necessary documentation and apply for the Visa at VFS South African section in Lagos or either in Abuja. And after your Visa is Issued then proceed to book your flights through Travelstart.com.ng.
      Wish you the best

    • Then consider a trip to South Africa. Its a really beautiful place to visit!

  28. I want a 2weeks Visa 4 my honeymoon hw much will it cost us?

    • All you just need to do is to get a checklist of the required documents needed for the visa, pay the Visa fee of 8600 Naira and a service charge fee of 9000 Naira at specified banks inside the VFS application center either in Lagos or in Abuja but the Application centre always ask for a round figure of 18, 000 Naira. and if your application is successful, your Visa will be issued.Then afterwards, you can visit Travelstart.com.ng for the cheapest flight tickets

  29. Thanks , pls , did u have any information about canada , pls i need it

  30. How much is the cheapest fight to South Africa??

    • Hi Tope
      There is no fixed price for flight tickets to South Africa.
      Prices can vary due to availability and dates
      But to get the cheapest price anytime, always book through http://www.Travelstart.com.ng

  31. please, i Would like to know if visitors visa can be granted to a Nigerian, without an invitation letter that want to meet up with a friend in SA. How can I go about it. Thanks

    • No Mary, You should have – an invitation letter from your friend in SA, plus other required documents before you can be a visa can be issued on your passport.

    • Hi Cody, This information is for Nigerians who want to visit South Africa. Which country do you reside?

  32. Hi, can I apply for study visa at your office

    • Hi Bola, You can’t submit your application to us. The only thing we can do is to help you with your documents and check if they meet all the requirements. You are to apply directly to Vfs Global Office.

  33. I want to study in south africa.I contacted a friend in abuja , who told me south africa student visa has been stopped for now. I want to know if he is right becos am kind of confused

  34. Can someone help me collect a processed visa?
    And what does the person need if he is to collect on my behalf.
    thanks

  35. Pls I want to get my documents to ur office to check if they are correct b4 taking them to SA visa office. Send me ur lagos address thanks

  36. Pls I will need you to tell me the possible reasons why one can be denied a South African Visa. Pls e-mail me the details. Thanks….

  37. Does an sa visa fees change according to the duration u are applying for? And pls I only want to go to SA in search of any white woman to get married to, what should I do.

  38. Good day, please is it true that the SA high commission at V.I, Lagos is not currently accepting study permit applications? if yes, please when are they going to start receiving them again?

    Also, is South African Qualification Authority(SAQA) evaluation needed for your B.Sc degree as a Masters studies requirement for prospective students when applying for the study permit?

    Thank you.

  39. I was at the South African visa application office today n I was told to go n certify some documents at the South African high commission in Lagos before I could get a South African visa, my question is what day(s) can I go there to do this because I heard that certification of documents are done only on designated week day(s)? I will be glad if I can get an answer.

  40. Sir. Please mail me your contact and email. I need assistance. I want to travel before may ending for Visit to SA

  41. How long will i be giving on a visit to south african,

  42. Dear Sir,
    My fiancé is a SA lady, we are planning for our marriage soon in SA. We are boot planning for me to relocate to SA for our marriage. What do the mechanisms needed to apply for a long term visa for the purpose of marriage to a SA lady, please kindly hint me up. this is my num 07034329643.

  43. I want to travel to angola bt they say i hv to pass through s/a,hw true is that n hw do i go abt it? Do i need d 2countries visas? I dnt hv anybody in any of d countries o, i just want to travel out of this country to see if i can survive elsewhere. So what do i tell them at d embassy? And pls can u tell me d best country to travel to, work n make money? Again, pls send me all d requirements through my e-mail……thanks.

  44. Pls sir,with sincerity of heart.I beg u to pls list the necessary document my husband need to send to invite me and our two kids for a short visit of 3 weeks.and secondly how do we apply for d VIP visa.thirdly,how long will it take to re-apply after been denied twice.and what are the reasons of denial and lastly how can one avoid be denied the third time.thanks in anticipation.

    • Detailed information has been sent to your email. Thanks.

    • please, how much is south african visa in Nigeria and how can i get it.

      thanks, will be wait for your reply.

      Glory.

    • Hi Glory, The South African Visa Fee is N18, 000 and you can get it at the Vfs Global Application Centre at 3rd Floor, 16 Billings Way
      Oregun Industrial Area, Ikeja, Lagos

  45. good day to you. you are doing a wonderful job. i must commend you. a colleague of mine got an admission to a study a programme in a an institute in SA.but unfortunately the embassy at Lagos placed a notice confirming that all application of any kind of study permit has cease till Nov 2014. he is meant to be their (for the programme before July 17. pls how does he go about it?thanks in anticipation.

    • How long is it going to take to finish his study? Is it a short term course or Is it going to take more than 6 months?

  46. I have a sister who is South African and lives in Nigeria now because she’s married to a Nigerian. Things aren’t going well for them financially so she would like to come back home but does not have the means and resources to do so.

    Is it possible that she can get financial help from the Nigerian embassy to come back home?

    • Hi Rosinah, Your sister should contact the South Africa High Commission in Lagos or Abuja. They’ll probably be of help.
      Lagos Address: 24 Molade Okoya Thomas Street, Victoria Island, Lagos.
      Abuja Address: 71 Usuma Street, Maitama, Abuja.

  47. Do I need an invitation to get a tourist visa in SA.

    • Hi Dave, You don’t need any invitation to get a tourist visa.

    • HI Dave,

      No, you don’t need an invitation for a tourist visa, but you need to provide all the documents required including financial proof and letter from your employer.

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