South Africa is a country visited by millions around the world. It remains one of the top travel destinations for tourists and as such the South African government has been looking for ways to make traveling easier for people visiting the country. One of the best ways to do this is to decrease the turnaround time for people applying for visas in order to visit the country. To do this a new electronic travel authorization system called the South African eVisa has been introduced. This new system facilitates the application of a South African visa for travelers while eliminating the need for them to visit a local South African embassy or consulate.
Is the South African eVisa Necessary for Malawian Citizens
Malawi is one of 28 countries whose citizens can currently enter South Africa visa-free for a period of 30 days. However, it is expected that after the South African eVisa system has been fully implemented, Malawians will have to obtain the online South African eVisa in order to visit the country. This will also allow the South African government to pre-screen individuals using their biometrics and other details before they arrive in the country ensuring a safer travel experience for all visitors. It will also cuts down the time travelers spend getting such screenings at the airport when they arrive in the country.
How to Get a South Africa eVisa from Malawi?
In order to obtain a South African eVisa, Malawian citizens will need to meet some fundamental requirements, such as:
- An email address where the eVisa can be sent once the application has been processed
- A valid Malawian passport
- At least 2 blank pages on the passport where entry/exit stamps can be placed
- Valid bank account information in the form of a debit/credit card that can be used for making online payments
Once the basic requirements have been fulfilled, applicants can then apply for a South African eVisa by filling out an online application. The applicant will be required to submit some basic information such as, name, date of birth, country of citizenship as well as some passport details. Applicants will also have to answer some questions regarding their health and security.
It should be noted that all the details provided on the online eVisa application form are done so accurately so as to match the information shown on the applicant’s Malawian passport. Inaccuracies or missing information can cause delays in the processing of the eVisa application. Therefore, to avoid any unnecessary delays in their travel plans, travelers must ensure that the information provided on their eVisa application is accurate to the best of their abilities.
Once the information has been entered, travelers will have to complete the application by making a payment online using a valid debit/credit card and then submit the application for review.
What Are the Documents Required to Apply for the South African eVisa from Malawi?
Malawian citizens that are interested in traveling to the South Africa will need to have a passport that will be valid for at least 30 days from the date of their departure from the country. There might be additional requirements that they may need to fulfill, such as proof of onward travel or a return ticket etc.
It must be noted that South Africa has a very strict policy to deal with people who overstay their visa. Anyone who overstays their South African visa can be placed on an International Immigration Control list and be banned from entering the country for up to 5 years. In cases where the individual has a strong reason for overstaying their visa, they can make an appeal.
Visiting South Africa from Malawi
After submitting the South African eVisa application, Malawian citizens will have to wait a few days for it to be processed. If the application has been approved, their eVisa will be sent to them via email.
Approved applicants of the South African eVisa will need to print out a copy of the eVisa to take with them to the airport when they travel. They will need to present it to Immigration officials at the South African airport upon arrival in order to be granted entry into the country. The eVisa will contain information about the maximum length of stay allowed for the traveler and the number of entries allowed on the eVisa.
South African Embassy in Malawi
South African High Commission in Lilongwe, Malawi
3rd Floor, Kang’ Ombe House
Robert Mugabe Crescent
P. O. Box 30043
Tel: (+265) 1 773 722 / 597 / 036