How soon do you need your South Africa Business Visa for Non-U.S. Citizens?

To our valued clients ordering Chinese visas, processing times are far greater than those posted on our site this is due to the volume of applications at the Embassy and Consulates. Processing times are currently 2 to 6 weeks weeks depending on your jurisdiction. Please Note: Our New York Office currently does not have any extended wait times.

The Chinese Embassy and Consulates-General in the U.S. will no longer accept same category visa applications with 10-year multi-entry visas still valid for more than six months. Applicants may choose to apply for compensated visas after the expiration of their original ones.

As an ongoing consequence of the global pandemic actual visa processing is typically taking longer than the usual times published here even in some instances where there is an option for the payment of higher consular fees for expedited processing. If you have a particularly tight departure please send us a note at [email protected] at the time you create your order to confirm it can reasonably be fulfilled in the current environment otherwise please just be aware of the possibility of delayed processing.

If you cancel your order after we have submitted your documents to a Consulate for processing there will be a $35.00 cancellation fee and your consular fees may not be refundable. Please do NOT contact consulates directly for status or with instructions once your documents have been submitted unless they contact you as this can cause processing to be delayed or declined.

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Document Requirements

These requirements are applicable for Non-US Citizens applying for a South Africa Business visa in Washington DC

A personal appearance is now required by the South Embassy or Consulates to apply for a visa to South Africa.
In the past Traveldocs could assist clients in applying for a visa to South Africa due to this change in procedures traveldocs can no longer assist.
The information below is purely for reference use the information can and will change without prior notice.
Please contact the closest South African Embassy or Consulate to schedule your required personal appearance and interview.

Please send TDS your current valid and signed passport. It must not expire within 30 days beyond intended stay and must have at least two blank visa pages. Foreign Embassies cannot issue a visa on a page not labeled as a Visa page. Amendment and Endorsement pages in the back of the passport cannot be used for issuance of a visa.
A visa cannot be stamped on a page even if only one Small Stamp is on the visa page. If your passport is not valid 30 days beyond your intended stay, you must renew your passport and then we will secure your visa with the new passport.


Please send 2 recent professional passport-type photographs.
Digital and non-passport photographs are not acceptable.
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A Photocopy of Permanent Resident Card (Green Card) or valid U.S. visa and I-94 or US Student Visa and I20 form is required.
Travelers who entered the USA after April 26th 2013 should print the electronic I-94 form from the
Department of Homeland Security.



Please send a copy of your round trip airline tickets, or itinerary or e-ticket, or letter of confirmation from a travel agent. The itinerary must show the applicant's name, date of arrival and departure from the country, and flight information. The Embassy does not recommend purchasing your ticket prior to a visa being issued.



A business letter of responsibility of required, to be typewritten on your company or organization's letterhead and addressed to:

Embassy of Republic of South Africa, Visa Section, Washington D.C.

The letter should explain all of the following:
The letter should explain the purpose of the trip, the nature of the duties to be performed, name and address of company to be visited in South Africa, and guaranteeing financial support and return transportation.



Letter of Invitation from the South African Company/Organization confirming purpose and duration of visit.



A copy of the applicant's recent bank statement/letter of undertaking from the company. It is advisable to erase account numbers.



Copy of hotel confirmations(s) for the duration of the intended stay in South Africa.



Yellow Fever certificate if arriving from, or traveling to, or through, the yellow fever endemic area.



Please Send One Completed and Signed Application Form.


The South Africa visa is usually valid for a single entry within 3 months from date of issue provided the passport remains valid. The length of stay is determined at the airport on arrival.
A notarized consent letter from both parents is necessary to authorize the South African Consulate to grant the required visa to a child, in the case of a minor (under 18 years of age).
Visitors to South Africa traveling to neighboring states such as Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland, or Zimbabwe must ensure they are in possession of visas valid for those countries, if required. If they intend returning to South Africa, visas for the RSA valid for more than one entry is required for which an itinerary and written request must be submitted with the application. The written request must be a separate letter.


Shipping Instructions

Please forward a printed copy of your order confirmation for a South Africa Business visa for Non-US Citizens and all required documents to:

Travel Document Systems, Inc.
1500 K Street NW
STE #231
Washington, DC 20005

Local Phone Number: 202-638-3800

Urgent applications for a South Africa Business visa should be shipped to TDS using only the FedEx Company.

Please use FedEx Priority Overnight. Do NOT ship "First Overnight." This will delay the delivery of your package.

Once your order is complete, your Passport with the visa sticker/stamp will be returned to you via FedEx Overnight.

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Continental USA Only Price
Next Business Day - up to 3 passports $36.00
Next Business Day - 4 or more passports $39.00
Saturday Delivery $41.00
Alaska, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, USVI Price
Next Day Letter (No Saturday Delivery) $39.00
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