Visa Relief for Visitors – Minister makes 180-Degree Turn

Each Visitor, who has applied for an extension of a visitor visa at the local VfS office and is in possession of a genuine submission slip may remain in the country until the extension application has been decided upon, whether positive or negative. No one should arrest you while you have such a receipt, and no one can declare you undesirable.

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Visa Backlog at Home Affairs affects Tourism, Growth and Security

The South African immigration authority, the Department of Home Affairs (DHA), is currently causing significant inconvenience in the tourism sector. Due to massive backlogs and long processing times for visa applications, the DHA has advised tourists to leave the country by the end of February. This drastic measure could have far-reaching consequences for the country’s tourism industry, economic growth and security.

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