South Africa

Consulate information


3051 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008

Consular hours:

Drop off: Mon to Fri  9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Pick up: Mon to Thurs 9:30 am – 4 pm / Fri 9:30 am – 2 pm

Phone: (202) 232-4400 Website

Important Facts

  • COVID-19 REGULATIONS (Subject to change). Travelers are subject to medical screening.
  • CONSULAR JURISDICTION. The South African Embassy in Washington DC can only process visa applications from the residents of Alabama, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Texas, Virginia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.
  • VISA APPLICATIONS are strictly by appointment. To schedule an appointment, send email to [email protected] or [email protected].
  • APPLY IN PERSON. All visa applicants must appear in person at the consular office.
  • Passport must have at least six (6) months validity beyond the completion of a trip and at least two (2) blank visa pages.
  • NO VISA REQUIRED for nationals of Argentina, Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Ecuador, Finland, France, Germany, Jamaica, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Russian Fed., Spain, Switzerland, Tanzania, Trinidad & Tobago, UK/British Overseas, US, Venezuela, and some other countries for a maximum stay of 90 days; for nationals of Bolivia, Costa Rica, Malawi, Mauritius, Peru, and some other countries for a maximum stay of 30 days. Click on the visa exempt countries for a complete list. Must present a valid passport, flight itinerary, and a Yellow Fever certificate at the point of entry.
  • TRANSIT VISA is NOT required for any nationals holding onward tickets via airports Cape Town (CPT), Johannesburg (JNB), Lanseria(HLA), or Durban (DUR) for up to 3 days.
  • NO VISA FEE for nationals of Colombia, India, and Mexico; for nationals of Kenya and the Philippines, if travelers stay less than 30 days. Please refer to the list of countries that required to pay for the visa fee.
  • For more information and questions contact the GC Visa office.
Visa Application Requirements NON-US
Valid passport
Completed and signed application form
The application must be typewritten. Not handwritten.
Passport size photos - two (2) photos
White background and should be free of shadows, photo is clear and in color, glasses not allowed. Applicant is directly facing camera w/ a neutral expression, eyes are clearly visible.
Notarized copy of passport vital information page
Invitation letter
Letter should be addressed to the Consulate General of the Embassy or Immigration officer of the country. Must include: applicant's name as in passport, passport number, detailing the reason for traveling, dates, name, address and telephone number of the host.
Certified proof of host's legal status in South Africa
Letter of employment
Bank statements (last three (3) months)
Copy of flight itinerary
A round trip travel airline ticket with traveler's name.
Copy of hotel reservation/Evidence of address while staying in the country.
Letter of support (Business visa only)
The GC Visa office will provide
Notarized proof of legal residency in the US
Yellow fever certificate

Note:  Bank Statement MUST have the Bank Seal/Stamp.

Forms and Links

Application Form

Processing Time

Processing timeService type
5 to 10 business daysRegular

Fee per Visa

Payment Method: Money Order,

Type of VisaFee per VisaType of entry
Non-US Nationals

Additional Notes

  • Allow (2) two extra days for GC Visa Office to process your application.
  • For Long Term/Work Visa and Children under 18, Contact GC Visa Office.
  • Please note that Embassies/Country Representative Offices change the requirements on a regular basis without notifying us.
  • There is a GC surcharge for our services.

Last updated: November 14, 2022