The South African government has recently introduced a new visa protocol that allows the processing of documentation and authorizations for travelers online. This new protocol makes it easier for travelers from certain eligible countries to visit South Africa and eliminates the need for them to visit a local South African embassy or consulate.
The South African government offers different types of visas to accommodate the variety of travel needs people have when visiting the country. Travelers are encouraged to select a South African visa based on their travel needs. Some applicants might be required to obtain a visa through a local South African embassy or consulate especially if they intend to stay in the country for a longer period of time.
Can Ethiopian Citizens get an eVisa for South Africa?
Anyone wishing to travel to South Africa will require a visa to enter the country unless they are from one of the 80 visa-exempt countries. Depending on the traveler’s nationality, their length of stay and their reasons for visiting the country, they might be required to obtain a visa from a local South African embassy or consulate or to obtain a visa online through the South Africa Online eVisa website. Ethiopian citizens are currently required to obtain a visa at the embassy or consulate in order to travel to South Africa.
South Africa Visa Requirements from Ethiopia
Every year travelers from Ethiopia visit South Africa to take part in various touristic activities from going on Safari’s and visiting exquisite cave systems to spending some time in the wine country. When eligible for Ethiopians, the new South African eVisa system will make it easier for travelers to visit South Africa for touristic endeavors.
Before beginning the application process for the South African eVisa, Ethiopian citizens must make sure that they have a valid email address and valid debit/credit card information. In addition to that, travelers will need to have a valid passport with at least two blank pages where entry and exit stamps can be placed.
Documents Required to Obtain the South African eVisa for Ethiopian Citizens
In order to travel to South Africa, travelers must have a passport with a validity of at least 30 days beyond the intended date of departure from the country. For parents traveling with a minor under the age of 18 will need to present the minor’s birth certificate which shows details of both parents. If the child is traveling with only one parent, then it is necessary to show the affidavit from the other parent showing their consent for the minor to travel with the other parent. Travelers coming in from countries where yellow fever is a concern will need to show a documentation showing they have been vaccinated.
Apply for the South African Online eVisa from Ethiopia
To begin applying for a South African eVisa, travelers will have to visit the South African Online eVisa website. On the main page, they will find a link which open the online application form. This form will ask the person to list some personal details such as Name, Date of Birth, Country of Citizenship etc. as well as some passport information. Travelers will also be asked to provide answers to certain health and security related questions. The traveler’s information will be cross-referenced with a security database to identify any security risk associated with travelers coming in.
Travelers should ensure that they fill out the eVisa application entirely without missing any details that are asked for while also making sure that all the information provided on the form is accurate. Discrepancies and incorrect information can cause delays in the processing of the application. In some cases, it may even result in a visa denial.
After filling out the online application, travelers will be expected to pay a processing fee using a valid debit or credit card. After the payment has cleared, travelers will be able to submit the application for review. Most applications are processed quickly, however, travelers should know that it can take up to 3 business days for the application to be fully processed and for the eVIsa to arrive in the traveler’s email.
The traveler is expected to take a printed copy of his/her eVisa with him/her when he/she travels as it will need to be presented to Immigration officials at the South African port of entry.
The South African authorities take overstaying of a visa very seriously. Any traveler who over-stays his/her visa, will be banned for entering South Africa for 5 years and will be put on an International Immigration Control list. Therefore, to avoid any issues with overstaying of one’s visa traverler’s should plan to leave South Africa a few days before their eVisa expires.
South African Embassy in Ethiopia
Nifasilk Lafto, House No. 731
Subcity Kebele 03 (Old Airport Area)
South Africa Avenue
P.O. Box 1091
Phone: (+251) 11 371 1002