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Visa Application Process
Applicants are requested to read the following steps carefully before submitting their application at the South Africa visa application centers
Visa application process for applicants submitting at Mombasa Visa application centre remains unchanged. Please click here for more information on Mombasa Application Centre
Step 1 :
Applicants are required to submit their applications personally at the VFS South Africa Visa Application center in Nairobi or in Mombasa
Step 2 :
Make 1 clear photocopy of the biodata page of the passport, Yellow Fever Vaccination copy with Signature and the cover page.
Step 3 :
Complete the visa application form.The form should be filled in BLACK INK only. You can download the application form from our website.
Step 4 :
If you are in employment, please ensure that you submit a letter from your employer in Kenya stating that you are their employee. In a case whereby you are self employed, please ensure you draft a letter and attach documents of ownership. If retired, please submit a written statement to that effect. If you are a student, please ensure that you attach a document from the Institution as well. The above are to be submitted in support of your application alongside all other documents and depending on your visa category.
Step 5 :
Please ensure that you submit most current three months ORIGINAL payslip/original bank statements, duly stamped and certified by your bank. The South Africa High Commission does not allow Online Bank Statements in support of your applications.
Step 6 :
Pay your VFS service fee via M-PESA at the bank teller counter at the Visa Application Center in Nairobi. Mombasa applicants should pay as per the process given in this link
Step 7 :
Along with your application form and documents mentioned on this site you can come to our application centre between 08:00 to 15:00 (Monday – Friday, except the holidays observed by The High Commission of South Africa in Nairobi and Government of Republic of Kenya)
Step 8 :
Do ensure that you log onto the visa category you wish to apply for and download the Application Form and checklist (Supporting Documents Guideline) to fully prepare yourself for the visa application process.
Changes to expect
The following decisions regarding travel between Kenya and South Africa were taken:
• Visa exemption for holders of diplomatic and official passports
• A decrease in the service fee. Fees have been decreased from $71 to $49, a downscale of $22, or about R300.
• The issuing of three year multiple entry visas for frequent travellers
• Issuing of study visas for the duration of students’ study periods (including extending permanent residents to those studying in the critical skill categories)
• Removal of transit visa for travellers transiting through South African airports
• Ten year multiple entry visas for frequent business travellers and academics