The South African government has introduced an online eVisa application system that allows citizens of eligible countries to obtain a visa electronically. This eliminates the need for these travelers to obtain a visa from a South African embassy or consulate and makes the entire process quick and simple.
The South African government provides different types of visas depending on the specific needs that the travelers may have. Therefore, visitors are advised to go over the list of different visas offered by the South African government to determine which one best suits their travel needs.
Do French Citizens Need a Visa for South Africa?
A significant number of French citizens visit South Africa every year, making France one of the countries with the highest number of travelers to South Africa. Currently French citizens are able to enter South Africa and stay for a period of up to 90 days without a visa, but it is expected that in the future they will be required to obtain an eVisa to South Africa if they are planning to visit the country for tourism or business.
Please note that if traveling with a minor, under the age of 18, the parents of the child will have to provide a birth certificate that lists them as parents. In the case that the minor travels with just one parent, the other parent’s consent will be required in the form of an affidavit.
South Africa eVisa Requirements for French citizens
The South African government has set some minimum requirements for travelers to meet in order to apply for an eVisa. Each traveler to South Africa must have a passport that is valid for at least 30 days from the date of their departure from South Africa. There must also be at least two blank pages left in the passport where entrance stamps can be placed.
How to Apply for a South Africa eVisa from France?
In order to apply for a South African eVisa, travelers need to visit the South African Online Visa platform where they have to fill out an eVisa application form. On this form, travelers have to provide certain biographical information and passport details.
A valid email address and valid credit/debit card information are also required as part of the application process. The credit/debit card information will be used to deduct a processing fee for the eVisa application.
French Travelers are advised to fill out the application as accurately as possible as any discrepancies between the information provided on the form and the traveler’s passport can render the eVisa invalid. The visitor can also be denied entry into the country on the basis of having an invalid visa.
Tourists from France to South Africa are also advised to travel using the same passport that they used when applying for the eVisa in order to ensure a smooth traveling experience.
How Long Does It Take to Get a Visa for South Africa from France?
Once the eVisa application has been submitted, the French travelers can then expect to hear back on the status of their application within 3 business days. It can take longer than that if there is any additional processing that is required on the application.
If the application has been approved, the eVisa is granted to the traveler and sent to the email address listed on the application.
The traveler is advised to keep a copy of the eVisa on their handheld/mobile device and also take a printed copy with them to the airport when they travel. The traveler will have to present the printed copy of their eVisa along with their passport at the South African port of entry and this will allow them to enter South Africa for the period listed on the visa.
Travelers from France are also advised to plan their departure a few days before the eVisa expires to avoid any issues with overstaying the visa. South Africa has a strict policy for travelers who overstay their visa. Such individuals are placed on an “undesirables” list and can be banned from entering the country for up to 5 years.
South African Embassies in France
Embassy of South Africa
59 Quai d’Orsay,
Tel: +33 1 53 59 23 23
Consular services: firstname.lastname@example.org