The new South African eVisa application process allows travelers from eligible countries to apply for an electronic visa without having to visit a local embassy or consulate. This simplifies the process of applying for and obtaining a visa to South Africa. Belgian applicants are expected to benefit from this new online visa in the future.
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. Visitors 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?
Currently, Belgian citizens are able to enter South Africa and stay for a period of up to 90 days without a visa. The new eVisa application process will allow Belgian travelers to obtain a Visa electronically through a quick and simple process that doesn’t take more than a few minutes to complete.
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 use 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 provide accurate information when filling out the application form. Any discrepancies between the information 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 visitors 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 any additional processing that might be required in order to process 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 smartphone or 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 South Africa.
Once the traveler’s passport is stamped upon entry, they can then stay in South Africa for the period of time 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