The new South African eVisa application process allows travelers from all over the world to apply for an electronic visa without having to visit a local embassy or consulate. This has simplified the process of applying for and obtaining a visa to South Africa.
Millions of travelers from all over the world travel to South Africa every year for a variety of reasons. The South African Government offers different types of visas to facilitate the varying travel needs that visitors to South Africa have. Travelers are encouraged to explore the different types of visas available in order to determine the most suitable visa for their travel needs.
Do Belgian Citizens Need a Visa for South Africa?
All Belgian citizens planning to travel to South Africa are required to obtain a visa before their arrival in South Africa. The new eVisa application process allows Belgian travelers to obtain a Visa electronically through a quick and simple process that doesn’t take more than a few minutes to complete. Once the visa is granted, it can allow Belgian travelers to stay in South Africa for up to 90 days.
Please note that if traveling with a minor who is under the age of 18, the child’s parents will have to present a birth certificate that lists their details. If the child is traveling to South Africa with only one parent, then the other parent’s explicit consent will be required in the form of an affidavit in order to be allowed entry into South Africa.
South Africa eVisa for Belgian Travelers
To apply for an eVisa to South Africa, travelers can apply via the South Africa Online Visa homepage. On the main page, there will be a green button that reads, ‘Apply for South Africa visa’. When the visitor clicks on it, it will take them to a page where they will be asked to enter some biographical data and passport details. The applicants will also be asked to provide a valid email address and valid credit/debit card information which will be used to deduct a processing fee for the eVisa application.
Travelers are advised to ensure that they are providing accurate information when filling out the application form. Any discrepancies between the information provided on the form and that shown on the passport can have their visa deemed invalid at the South African port of entry. Consequently, such travelers face the possibility of being denied entry into South Africa.
It is also important for travelers to travel on the same passport that they used to fill out the online application form otherwise they can also run the risk of being barred from entering South Africa.
South African Visa Requirements from Belgium
After the eVisa application is submitted, travelers can expect to hear back on the status of their application within 3 business days. It can sometimes take longer than that depending on if there is any additional processing required on the application.
If the application is approved, the eVisa will be granted and it will be delivered to the applicant via the email they provided on their application. Travelers are advised to keep a copy of their eVisa on their phone/handheld device and take a print-out with them to the airport. They will need to present it along with their passport in order to be granted entry into the country.
Once the traveler’s passport is stamped for upon entry, they can then stay in South Africa for a period listed on the eVisa application. It is best to consider leaving the country before the eVisa expires to avoid any issues with overstaying the visa.
Travelers who overstay their visa in South Africa are put on an “undesirables” list which can ban them from entering South Africa for a period of 5 years.
South Africa Documents Required for Belgian Citizens
The South African Government requires all travelers to have a passport that is valid for at least 30 days from the date of their departure from South Africa. The traveler’s passport must also have two blank pages where the entry stamps can be placed.
South African Embassy in Belgium
Embassy of the Republic of South Africa
Rue Montoyerstraat 17-19,
Bruxelles – 1000 – Brussel.
Tel: +32 (0)2 285 44 00
Consular affairs: firstname.lastname@example.org