Tourism is a booming industry in South Africa as millions of tourists from all over the world come to experience the country each year. This number is expected to grow steadily in the coming years leading the South African government to come up with ways to make the process of applying for a visa efficient and convenient for travelers. They will introduce an electronic travel authorization system that will facilitate the processing of documentation needed for travel and receiving the appropriate authorization.
The new South African e-Visa will be opened only to citizens from eligible countries and it will allows them to apply for their visa online without having to visit a local embassy or consulate. Travelers from countries that are currently not on the list of countries eligible to apply for a South African eVisa, will have to visit a local South African embassy or consulate to obtain a visa for South Africa.
The South African government has a variety of visas that it offers travelers. These visas have been designed to suit the different travel needs that people have and each one comes with its own set of requirements. Travelers should carefully consider the different visa options they have against the particular their own travel needs in order to select a visa that works well for them.
South African eVisa for Cameroonian Travelers
Cameroon is expected to be on the list of countries that are eligible to apply for a South African e-Visa due to agreements established by the government of Cameroon and South Africa.
To apply for a South African eVisa, Cameroonian travelers must have a valid Cameroonian passport, a valid email address and valid bank account information in the form of a debit / credit card.
South African eVisa Requirements for Cameroonians
- The traveler’s passport must have a validity that extends 30 days beyond their intended date of departure from the country
- The traveler’s passport must have at least two blank pages for entrance and exit stamps
- Parents who are traveling to South Africa with minors under the age of 18, are required to present the minor’s birth certificate upon arrival. The parent will also need to provide an official affidavit from the other parent giving consent for the child to travel with the other parent.
- Travelers who have been to a country where yellow fever is a concern, are required to present a vaccination certificate verifying that they have been vaccinated against the disease.
How Can Cameroonian Citizens Apply for a South African eVisa
Travelers can fill out the e-Visa application on the South Africa e-Visa website. The application form will ask the traveler to list some personal information such as:
- Full Name
- Date of Birth
- Country of Citizenship
- Passport Number
- Expiration date on the Passport
Travelers will also be expected to answer certain questions related to health and security. These answers will be checked against a security database during the processing of the application to identify any security risks that might exist.
All the information provided on the online eVisa application form must be accurate and must match the information shown on the applicant’s passport. Failure to do so can lead to delays during processing and even a visa denial in certain cases.
There is a processing fee, which travelers will have to pay in order to obtain the South African eVisa. This processing fee can be paid online using a valid debit/credit card.
Once the traveler has submitted their South African eVisa application, they can expect to get an update on the status of their application within 3 business days. It can take longer than that if there is additional processing required on the application.
The traveler’s South African eVisa will be sent to them by email once the processing on their application has been completed. Travelers will then have to print out a copy of their eVisa and take it with them to the airport when they travel. They will have to present this copy along with their passport to the South African Immigration Officials upon arrival in South Africa.
Travelers will also be required to present biometric data before being allowed entry into South Africa. They are also expected to carry a copy of the e-Visa with them at all times during their stay in the country.
Departure from South Africa should be planned a few days before the e-Visa expires to avoid any issues with over-staying one’s visa. Travelers who overstay their visa can be banned from entering South Africa for up to 5 years and the ban is also recorded in the International Immigration Control system.
South African Embassy in Yaoundé, Cameroon
Rue 1801 Bastos Yaoundé,
Boite Postal 1636 Yaoundé,
PHONE: +237-2200438, +237-2200439