There is a new eVisa system that the government of South Africa has introduced which makes the processing of documentation and receiving authorizations safe and efficient for travelers to the country. With this new eVisa system, travelers can easily apply for a South African visa from their home or office and receive it with a matter of days via email without having to go to a local embassy or consulate.
There are numerous types of visas that travelers can apply for depending on their unique travel needs. Each visa type comes with its own set of requirements that travelers must meet. It is therefore worthwhile for travelers to spend some time understanding the different visas offered and the purpose they serve. This will allow the travelers to apply for a South African visa that best suits their travel needs.
Do Egyptian Citizens Need a Visa for South Africa?
Unless the travelers belong to one of the 80 visa-exempt countries, they will need to apply for a visa before arriving in South Africa. Egyptian citizens are currently required to obtain a visa at the embassy or consulate in order to travel to South Africa. When eligible for Egyptians, the new South African e-Visa system will make it easier for Egyptian travelers to obtain a visa for South Africa . It must be noted that the South African eVisa is suitable for travelers interested in visiting the country for tourism and is appropriate for short trips to the country.
How Can Egyptians Get a South African e-Visa?
In order to apply for a South African eVisa, Egyptian citizens will have to fill out an online application form at the South African e-Visa website. This form will ask them for some basic personal information such as the traveler’s name, date of birth, country of citizenship, as well as other passport and travel details. Travelers will be asked questions regarding their health and safety while filling out the application. The information provided by the traveler will be checked against a security database to minimize any security risks that may occur during travel.
Travelers will have to ensure that the information they’ve provided on the form is accurate and matches the information shown on the traveler’s passport. Missing information or discrepancies that are discovered during processing of the eVisa applications can cause delays or even visa denials in some cases.
The e-Visa processing takes place online and travelers are expected to pay a fee using a valid debit/credit card before submitting the application.
What Are the South African Online eVisa Requirements for Egyptian citizens?
Egyptian travelers must ensure that they satisfy the basic requirements needed to apply for a South African eVisa. These requirements include:
- Having a valid email address
- Having a valid credit/debit card that can be used for online payment
- Having a valid passport
- The traveler’s passport must have a validity that extends to at least 30 days beyond the traveler’s intended date of departure from South Africa.
- If there is a minor under the age of 18 traveling with one of their parents, the parent will have to present the minor’s birth certificate showing both parents’ details. The parent will also be required to present a signed affidavit from the affidavit from the other parent consenting to the child traveling with the other parent.
- For travelers who have visited a country where yellow fever is a concern, they will have to present a certificate of vaccination as proof that they have been vaccinated.
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Once the travelers submit their application, they can expect to receive an update on the status of their application within 3 business days. If the traveler’s application is approved, their eVisa arrives via email and travelers are expected to take a printed copy of their eVisa with them when they travel.
When the traveler arrives in South Africa, they will have to present the eVisa along with their passport to South African Immigration officials for review. Having an eVisa makes it easier for travelers to visit the country as the travelers have usually been pre-screened for entry into the country. It also saves them from having to wait in long lines in order to have their documents stamped for entry into the country.
Travelers are advised that South Africa has a very strict policy regarding over-staying one’s visa. Travelers who over-stay their visa in South Africa can be banned from entering the country for 5 years and also be placed on an International Immigration Control list. Therefore, it is wise to plan one’s trip so that the departure from the country takes place a few days before the traveler’s visa expires.
South African Embassy in Egypt
55 Road 18, Maadi
FAX: (+20)2 359 5015
PHONE: (+20)2 359 4365 – (+20)2 359 4950