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South African Embassy, Berlin
Tiergartenstr. 18, 10785 Berlin
Tel.: +49-30-22073-0
Fax: +49-30-22073-190

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Are there additional requirements for minor children travelling to and from the Republic of South Africa?

Yes. The additional requirements for minor children travelling to and from the Republic of South Africa have been in effect since 1 June 2015 and are aimed at establishing the principle that all minor children require the consent of their parents when traveling into or out of the Republic (see https://www.suedafrika.org/downloads/Admission_children.doc).

2. When is a yellow fever vaccination certificate required for entry into the Republic of South Africa?

In line with the International Health Regulations, 2005, South Africa requires a valid yellow fever certificate from all citizens and non-citizens over one year of age:

  • travelling from a yellow fever risk country; or
  • having been in transit exceeding 12 hours, through the airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission.

(See https://www.suedafrika.org/downloads/Yellow_fever.doc for further information, including a list of yellow fever risk countries)

Please note that Germany is not yellow fever risk country; therefore, a person travelling from Germany directly to South Africa is NOT required to produce proof of a vaccination against yellow fever for entry into the Republic of South Africa.

3. Can a visa be issued for an internship?

No. The Immigration Act, as amended, makes no provisions for foreigners to undertake internships at companies and organisations in the Republic of South Africa. Therefore, visas may not be issued to such foreigners, including foreign students whose studies prescribe an internship (see https://www.suedafrika.org/downloads/Internship.doc).

4. Can a visitor’s visa for holiday purposes be extended in the Republic of South Africa?

Yes. The Immigration Act, as amended, makes provisions for an application for a once-off renewal / extension of a visitor’s visa for a further period, which shall not exceed three months – such application must be submitted in person via a VFS office in the Republic of South Africa (see http://www.vfsglobal.com/dha/southafrica) no less than 60 days prior to the expiry of his or her visitor’s visa and if the visa was issued for less than 30 days, not later than 7 working days before the expiry of the visa.

5. Can a visitor’s visa for holiday purposes be changed to another visa type / purpose in the Republic of South Africa?

No. While, the Immigration Act, as amended, makes provisions for a foreigner, who is in the Republic of South Africa, to apply for a change of status or terms and conditions relating to his or her visa, a person who is on a visitor’s visa or medical treatment visa may not change his or her status whilst in the Republic of South Africa, except in exceptional circumstances.

6. What are the customs & importation regulations for the Republic of South Africa?

Updated customs and importation regulations for the Republic of South Africa are available from the Customs Officer at the Embassy of the Republic of South Africa in Brussels (see http://www.southafrica.be/sars.htm).

7. What are the requirements for getting married in the Republic of South Africa?

General information about getting married in the Republic of South Africa is available at https://www.suedafrika.org/downloads/Marriage_in_SA.doc.

8. Can a cash / repatriation deposit be refunded to an applicant, who departed from the Republic of South Africa before 28 February 2015?

No. Failure to claim a refund by 28 February 2015 by applicants who have already departed from the Republic of South Africa before this date will result in the cash / repatriation deposit forfeited to the State as unclaimed (see http://www.suedafrika.org/downloads/Deposit_forfeiture.pdf).

9. Can application fees which were accidentally paid be refunded?

Yes. Application fees which were incorrectly transferred to the bank account of the Embassy in Berlin or Consulate-General in Munich shall be refunded (see https://www.suedafrika.org/downloads/Refund_incorrect_payments.doc).

10. Can an appeal against a declaration of undesirability be submitted at a South Africa mission abroad?

No. A South Africa mission abroad e.g. the Embassy in Berlin or Consulate-General in Munich, does not have the authority to repeal or adjudicate an appeal against a declaration of undesirability administered to a foreigner on departing the Republic of South Africa. Such an appeal must be lodged directly to the Department of Home Affairs (see www.home-affairs.gov.za/index.php/immigration-services/overstay-appeals).

Important notice

The Consular Section in the Embassy in Berlin

Tiergartenstr. 18
10785 Berlin

Fax Consular Section:
030 22073 202
Email Consular Section:
berlin.consular(at)dirco.gov.za

Residents of Bavaria and Baden-Wurttemberg must lodge applications and pay any applicable fees at the South African Consulate-General in Munich:

Südafrikanisches Generalkonsulat
Sendlinger-Tor-Platz 5
80336 Munich

Fax: 089 231 163 53
Email: munich.consular(at)dirco.gov.za

 
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