The government of South Africa has implemented an online visa system for enabling citizens of a certain group of countries to easily travel to the country for tourism. This measure is meant to increase the flow of tourists to the country in the coming years while simultaneously ensuring adequate security measures for the safety of visitors entering South Africa. Travelers also have a speedy application process as it can be completed online in a matter of minutes instead of having to visit a local South African embassy or consulate.
Do Spanish Citizens Need a Visa for South Africa?
Spanish citizens are entitled to visa-free entry into South Africa for short stays of up to 90 days in the country. However, for longer stays in the country, travelers from Spain may want to apply for a long-term visa from the various visa options available to them from the South African government. It should be noted that each visa type has its own set of requirements that travelers will need to meet. Therefore, it is important to study them carefully to ensure they will be able to fulfill them.
South Africa eVisa Requirements for Spanish Citizens
Certain requirements for a successful application need to be met before beginning the eVisa application process. These requirements are:
- Having a valid passport from an eligible country with at least two blank pages where entrance and exit stamps can be placed.
- The traveler’s passport must have a remaining validity of at least 6 months from the date of arrival in South Africa
- Spanish travelers planning to visit South Africa with minors under the age of 18 will be required to be present the minor’s birth certificate to prove parentage. In case the minor is traveling with one parent and not the other, an affidavit from the other parent will be required to show that the minor is traveling with the other parent’s permission.
- Travelers from Spain who have visited a country in the past ten years where yellow fever is a concern will need to provide a vaccination certificate indicating they have been inoculated against the disease.
How to Apply for a South Africa eVisa from Spain?
Applying for the South African eVisa from Spain is quite easy. Applicants can complete an online application by providing details related to their person, passport and travel plans for visiting South Africa. It is important for people to enter their information with the highest degree of accuracy as errors discovered in the application can result in setbacks for the applicant’s attempt to receive the South African eVisa. Mostly, these setbacks can be in the form of travel delays caused by a visa denial or processing delays leading to a disruption of the applicant’s travel plans. Travelers can review the information they enter on the South African eVisa form before submitting it for processing. They will also be required to pay a processing fee associated with the online application process using a valid debit or credit card. Once the payment has been made, the application can be submitted.
How Long Does It Take to Get a Visa for South Africa from Spain?
Travelers from Spain who have a pending South African eVisa application can expect to receive their eVisa electronically within 3 business days after submitting it. The eVisa is securely sent via email to applicants once their request for a South African eVisa has been approved. Applicants are then responsible for printing out a copy of the eVisa with them when they travel. The number of entries allowed and the maximum duration they are allowed to stay in South Africa will be listed on the eVisa.
Traveling to South Africa from Spain
Spanish travelers will have to present the South African eVisa as well as their biometric information to South African authorities upon arrival in the country. While visiting South Africa, travelers should carry a copy of their eVisa at all times.
It is also important for travelers to plan their departure from South Africa a few days before their eVisa expires to ensure they will not encounter any issues with over-staying their visa. South Africa has strict measures in place regarding travelers who over-stay their visa. Travelers who are found to have over-stayed their visa can be placed on an Immigration Control List and be banned from entering South Africa for a number of years.
South African Embassies in Spain
South African Embassy in Madrid, Spain
Calle de Claudio Coello 91-6
Cor of J Ortega Y Gasset
TEL: (+34) 91 436 3780
FAX: (+34) 91 577 7414
South African Honorary Consulate General in Bilbao, Spain
Las Mercedes, 31, Edificio Abra
48930 Las Arenas
TEL: (+34) 94 464 1124 / (+34) 94 480 0328
FAX: (+34) 94 464 1124