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8 Annual Races That Take Place in South Africa

South Africa is not only a place to enjoy our beaches, drink our wines and see our wildlife, it’s also a place where athletes can test their resolve on a range of races. South Africa plays host to a range of racing styles from road running, cycling, trail running, iron man challenges and more. The country […]

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10 Annual South African Events You Should Not Miss Out On

South Africa is a country filled a rich and diverse range of cultures, and getting to the true essence of South Africa takes more than just one-holiday trip. Getting to know the country, explore its cultures and interact with people from all walks of life and interests can be overwhelming.  Whether your interest is in art, fashion, […]

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What To Remember When Applying for an SA Visa

There are many reasons why you might be interested in applying for a South African Visa. The summer months are approaching, and SA is one of the best and most popular destinations for a summer holiday especially with the favourable exchange rate when it comes to European and US visitors. It could be that you’re […]

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New Zealanders will now require visas to Visit SA

In response to New Zealand withdrawing visa free travel for South Africans, South African Minister of Home Affairs announces a withdrawal of visa free travel for New Zealand Passport holders. New Zealand Withdraws In 1996, visa-free travel was implemented for all South African passport holders wishing to visit New Zealand for up to three months. […]

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DHA increases airport staff for the 2016/17 festive season

Minister Malusi Gigaba announces plans that the government has put in place to deal with the large capacity of people entering the country over the festive season. In a media briefing that took place at the O.R Tambo Airport on 8 December, Malusi Gigaba discussed the mandate for facilitation of travellers during the 2016/17 festive […]

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South African visa requirements updated for all UK majors

As posted on the VFS United Kingdom application site for South African visas, “A financial undertaking or support by a foreigner (parents/ spouse of an applicant who is not a South African citizen) is no longer recognized in terms of the South African Immigration Regulations.” All applicants, aged 18 and older, applying for a visitor’s […]

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Mos Def apologises and leaves South Africa

Yasiin Bey, also known as Mos Def, a US rapper and actor apologises and leaves South Africa after contravening the South African Immigration Act earlier this year. DHA held a media briefing on Tuesday, 22 November 2016, to announce the developments. When he attempted to leave the country at the Cape Town International Airport earlier […]

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Closing dates for South African Visa Application centres in the UK

If you’re a UK citizen who is looking to travel abroad and considering South Africa as the destination then this announcement applies to you. If you’re currently preparing to submit your visa application to any of the centres around the UK you should take note. Please note the following closing dates for the South African […]

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South African Biometrics Capturing System

Complaints about capturing of biometrics causing the long ques and flight delays at the OR Tambo International Airport (ORTIA) have been addressed by the Home Affairs Director-General, Mkuseli Apleni this morning in a media briefing in Rosebank, Johannesburg. In December 2015, South Africa employed a biometrics capturing system for foreign national travellers entering South Africa’s […]

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UPDATE: New Police Clearance Process Postponed

In mid-September, The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) announced that a new process of gaining a South African police clearance via applicant’s biometrics (fingerprints) would be effective as of 1 October 2016. Read more about the announcement here. VFS Global announced that this procedure has been temporarily postponed until further notice. Read the notice here. […]