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Document Requirements

These requirements are applicable for Non-US Citizens applying for a South Africa Tourist 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 copy of the applicant's recent bank statement. It is advisable to erase account numbers.



Proof of hotel accommodation (hotel reservation or a letter of invitation from the host (relative or friend) in South Africa.



Proof of host's legal status in South Africa (copy of I.D book/passport if South African citizen) or copy of passport and a copy of visa or residence status in South Africa, certified by the South African Police Service.



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



Please Send One Completed and Signed Application Form.


A statement or documentation detailing the purpose and duration of the visit.
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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 Tourist visa for Non-US Citizens and all required documents to:

Travel Document Systems, Inc.
1625 K St. NW
Washington, DC 20006

Local Phone Number: 202-638-3800

Urgent applications for a South Africa Tourist 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
International Price
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