The South African government has recently introduced a measure that allows the citizens of certain eligible countries to submit documentation and receive travel authorization online. This new measure eliminates the need for these travelers to visit a local South African embassy to have their documents processed and receive a visa. Travelers can instead upload all their documents while filling out the online application and receive their visa electronically via email.
The South African e-Visa can be obtained easily and is appropriate for short stays in the country. The eVisa is primarily for those individuals seeking to visit South Africa for touristic purposes, such as sightseeing, going on Safaris etc. Depending on the traveler’s nationality, the South African eVisa might allow for a maximum stay or either 30 days or 90 days in the country. For longer stays in the country, travelers will have to apply for an appropriate visa from a local South African embassy or consulate.
There are several types of South African visas that a traveler can apply for, depending on the specific reasons they have for traveling to the country. Travelers are encouraged to look through the different types offered by the South African to select one that fits best with their travel plans.
South Africa Online eVisa from Uganda
It is expected that within a few months Uganda will be on the list of eligible countries whose citizens can apply for a South African e-Visa to travel to the country.
Before filling out the online application for the South African eVisa, Ugandan travelers must ensure they have the following:
- A valid email address,
- Valid credit/debit card
- A valid passport
South African Visa Application from Uganda
Citizens of Uganda may apply for the eVisa of South Africa on the South African Online e-Visa website, where they will find a link to the online application. To fill out this application, travelers will be required to provide certain biographical information, such as, their name, date of birth, their country of citizenship etc. Traveler will also have to fill out certain passport details as well and answer questions related to their health and security.
Information provided on the South African eVisa application must be accurate and must match the information shown on the traveler’s passport. All information provided by the travelers on the eVisa application will be checked against a security database to identify any security risks. Therefore, travelers must review the information they have entered on the form to make sure it is accurate. It should be noted also that discrepancies and/or missing information can result in travel delays or in some cases a denial of visa for the travelers.
Travelers will also be required to pay a processing fee in order to complete the application process. Travelers can make the payment using a valid credit or debit card.
Traveling to South Africa from Uganda
Travelers can expect to receive their South African eVisa within 3 business days after submitting their online application. It can take longer than that if there is any additional processing required on the application, however, travelers can apply for their eVisa ahead of time to avoid any issues of this sort.
Travelers should also take a copy of their eVisa with them when they travel as they will be required to present the eVisa along with their passport to South African Immigration officials upon arrival in the country. Travelers will also be required to submit biometric data before being allowed entry into the country.
Travelers must also note that South African authorities treat the issue of overstaying of one’s visa very seriously. Travelers who overstay their visa can be banned from the country for a limited period of 5 years at a time. The ban is also recorded on the International Immigration Control system.
South African eVisa Requirements for Ugandan citizens
Ugandan travelers applying for a South African eVisa are expected to meet the following basic requirements:
- Travelers must have a passport with a validity of 1 month beyond the expected date of departure from South Africa
- The traveler’s passport must have at least 2 blank pages where entry and exit stamps can be placed
- Parents traveling with a minor under the age of 18 will be required to provide a birth certificate for the child showing the details of both parents. The parent will also be required to provide an official affidavit from the other parent giving their consent for their child to travel with the other parent.
- If the traveler has been to a country where yellow fever is a concern, they will have to provide a vaccination certificate verifying that they have been vaccinated against yellow fever.
South African Embassies in Uganda
High Commission of South Africa in Kampala
Plot 15A Nakasero Road
P.O. Box 22667
FAX: (+256) 41 438 216
PHONE: (+256) 41 34 3543 / 4 / 5