The South African government has recently introduced the electronic Visa for citizens of a select number of countries. This new eVisa facilitates travel to South Africa for these citizens by allowing them to be pre-screened and cleared for travel using the information they provide while applying for a visa. This measure is meant to make travel more convenient for the citizens of these countries by cutting down on the time the travelers have to spend getting such screenings done at the South African port of entry when they arrive.
Can Citizens of Lesotho Apply for the South African eVisa?
Lesotho is one of 28 countries whose citizens are allowed a visa-free entry into South Africa for up to 30 days. However, when the South African government fully implements the eVisa processing system it is believed that the citizens of Lesotho will also be required to obtain a South African e-Visa in order to visit the country.
Applying for the South African eVisa from Lesotho is a relatively simple process and the traveler can actually apply for the eVisa online without having to visit a local South African embassy or consulate. Any documents that may be required as part of the application process can be uploaded online while filling out the application. Furthermore, the eVisa is obtained online via email once the application for the South African eVisa has been approved for the traveler.
What Are The Pre-Requisites to the South African eVisa Application?
The South African government has set some basic requirements that all travelers to the country must meet, such as:
- Having a valid email address where the South African eVisa will be sent
- A valid debit or credit to make a payment for processing the online eVisa application
- A valid passport with at least 2 blank pages for entry and exit stamps.
How to Apply for the South African eVisa from Lesotho
Citizens of Lesotho that would like to apply for a South African e-Visa can do so by filling out an online application with such details as their name, date of birth, citizenship and passport information. Travelers will also have to answer certain basic security questions and others regarding their health and safety.
Travelers are expected to answer the security questions with honesty as the responses they provide may be checked against security databases to identify any potential security issues relating to their visit to South Africa. Travelers from Lesotho should also bear in mind that all the other details provided on the eVisa application form must be accurate. Any errors or missing information usually leads to a denial of the eVisa or other delays during processing of their eVisa application.
Travelers will also be able to apply for their South African eVisa ahead of time in order to have enough time to deal with any processing deals that can potentially occur during the review of their eVisa application. One way to avoid these delays is to make sure that the information provided on the eVisa application form is accurate and is the same as the information shown on the traveler’s passport. Such applications can usually be processed in a shorter amount of time than those where is a mismatch is discovered.
What is The Wait Time to Receive the South African eVisa?
After the applicant submits the South African eVisa application, it can take up to 3 business days for the application to be processed and the traveler to be approved for the eVisa. Once the approval has been given, the traveler will be sent the South African eVisa via email. It will then be expected of the traveler to print out a copy of the eVisa to take with them during their journey to South Africa. The travelers will have to present it along with their passport to Immigration/Border Control officials in order to gain entry into the country.
Citizens of Lesotho who hold dual nationality must ensure that they apply for the South African eVisa using the same passport that they intend to travel to the country with otherwise they will be denied entry. South African eVisas are attached to particular passports and therefore only that passport can be used for traveling to the country.
Additional Requirements for the South African eVisa
One of the main requirements that travelers from Lesotho will have to be mindful of, is that their passport must have a minimum validity of at least 30 days from the date of their departure from South Africa. If the traveler fears that they may not have the required validity for their journey to South Africa, they must consider renewing their passport before applying for the South African eVisa online.
The South African eVisa contains details about the maximum length of stay allowed for a traveler as well as the number of entries allowed into the country. Travelers must plan their trip so that they leave the country before their eVisa expires in order to avoid any issues with overstaying their visa.
South African Embassy in Lesotho
South African High Commission in Maseru, Lesotho
Cnr Kingsway & Old School Road
Private Bag A266
Tel: (+266) 2222 5800