Visa Overstay South Africa

Visa Overstay South Africa – How will you pay?

A year has passed since the amended Immigration Act and regulations came into effect and we are still seeing people overstaying their South African visas on a regular basis. One of the more common reasons for a visa overstay in South Africa is that many foreigners still hold the erroneous belief that they will be able pay a fine upon departing.

Overstay Act South Africa

Section 50(1) of the Act prior to amendment stipulated that a foreigner who leaves South Africa after the expiry of his or her visa will be liable for a fine not exceeding R3000.00. Many international travelers saw this option as a much easier and cost-effective option in comparison to the rigmorale of submitting an extension application at the Department of Home Affairs (“DHA”). This appears to have fostered a casual approach to the offence of overstaying one’s visa and we are still seeing the residual effects of this practice today.

What happens when you overstay in South Africa

The above mentioned fine, however, pales in comparison to the harsh penalties currently being implemented.  A visa overstay under the amended Act will result in a ban from South Africa for up to five years in most cases. Foreigners who have grown accustomed to the previous practice are understandably being caught out by this law change and are finding themselves at the mercy of DHA when it comes to their chances of returning to South Africa.

What to do when you’ve overstayed in South Africa

If you have fallen into the South African visa overstay trap, it is advisable to enlist the services of experts in order to draft and submit an overstay appeal. If the appeal is successful, you will be in a position to apply for a new visa and return to South Africa. In the event that you require assistance, do not hesitate to contact our offices.

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  1. Hi, I need your assistance, my wife has overstayed and her PR application is being withheld because her temporary Residence permit is expired,

    If she leaves the country, she will be black listed, how long will it take to deblack list her.

    What will be your cost? (complete cost including all hidden costs) ”

    What will be the time frame for the deblack listing

    Please get back to me asap.

  2. Hello
    My student permit expired on the 31st of December 2018 but I submitted the application on the 20th of December just days before it expired. And I haven’t heard from DHA and I am worried because now I have over stayed. Does this mean I am going to get the banned from South Africa? And is there anything I can do to avoid the ban.?

  3. Hello
    My student permit expired on the 31st of December 2018 but I submitted my documents for an extension on the the 20th just days before the expiry date. And I still haven’t gotten a response yet. Does that mean I am going to get a ban? And what can I do now.

  4. I have over stayed in South Africa by a month and they have put a stamps and write sec 50 (1)(6) and the other one REG 27 (3)(6) on department of home affairs stamp which I don’t know what it means. So I would like to know that how long will it takes me to return in SA. All that took place on the 23/12/2017

  5. i overstay for 52days in April ,waiting for my zsp permit,i was banned for 5yrs,i didn’t get a chance to appealof up to now ,now my new permit is out. ready for collection ,how must i do to lift the ban

  6. I have a friend that has overstayed their visa will they be able to leave without paying the fine ;
    yes i understand they will be band.

  7. hi i cam here on a critical skills visa in june 2017 , my employer who submit papers for my visa has send an email to home affairs that he is shutting down his business and about my visa without letting me know, and thus home affairs cancelled my visa since 7 months before , i applied for change in conditions twice but it didn`t work out . Please tell me what to do now as i am here illegally since last 6-7 months . i still have the slip i got from VFS when i applied for change in conditions in March.
    Kindly let me know if there is any solution for that as i want to go to india in feb for my marriage, Please let me know what can be done now so that i won`t get deported.

  8. Hi,

    Just noticed my visa expires on the 30th of August,2017. My departure ticket is for the 31st, indicating an overstay of one day. I have a doctor’s appointment on the 30th. Please advise on what to do.

  9. I overstayed for with 4 days and have been banned for a yr,but my ban has expired and i emailed the dha sa ,but never got a response .plz help

  10. Good morning,
    I wrote to make an enquiry on my status. I over stayed 1 year now due to sickness and this made me not to apply for another visa while am steel in SA. Right now I want to apply for study permit how can I go about this. I need your expert advise.

  11. me indian my name Vivian ,i came here training viza but I couldn’t get job coz company closed ,now all must 20 months of overstay ,now I want go back to india,my mother very critical stage, pl assist me how to go back to my country

  12. Good day .
    I overstayed my study permit due to series of events that delayed my submission such as financial issue with my bank, late collection of the supporting documents from my embassy and police clearance. I have immediately apply for a letter of good cause 2 days later expiration. Provided all the documents
    What should i do ?im really stress ive never expirience illegal situation.

  13. good day
    i overstay in 2013, i went to the ambassy i paid 3000R i get a receit when i was coming to south africa the officer didnt want me to enter because they didnt stamp the old passport is it right please help

  14. good day
    i overstayed in 2013 and i have a stamp to pay R3000, i went to the ambassy i paid for my fine they gave me a receit, and i get a new visas when i was coming to the port of entry the officer didnt want me to enter.he say to me why they didnt stamp to the old passport
    the officer send me back to lubumbashi is it right? please help.

  15. After paying for my over staying at SA Embassy in Zim ,will I be able to go to Southa Africa with an aeroplane.

  16. Good Day

    My visa expires on the 25th June. I have applied for an extension on the 30th May. What do I do if I have not received a response to my visa application extension by 25th of June? Am I allowed to stay in South Africa until I get an outcome of the application from DHA

  17. My name is zacheo fafutini i overstated for 1 mouth on 27/04/2016 I was FICKSBURG BRIDGE BORDER LESOTHO
    28/04/2016 I come back south Africa they give me one mouth 26/05/2016
    On 27/05/2016 i was at SWARTKOPFONTEIN SOUTH AFRICA NORTH WEST NEAR BORDER BOTSWANA they says to me I’m over staying for a mouth why a mouth i was in LESOTHO musi last mouth they says they didn’t stemp properly

  18. I was banned from entering SA for 5yrs early this year. I have a permit that i got through an agent and have been using it since 2015. But on 1 January 2018 the immigration officer said the permit was fraudulent and banned me for 5yrs. I want to overturn the ban, what do i need to do.

  19. hie i overstayed with 30 minutes i got a ban of 1 year and the ban has expired already have been emailing to the Department of Home Affairs but did not get any help.Please kindly help.

  20. My friends visa expired on the 30 March 2018 by 1 day. he has been held at the immigration offices at the airport for 1 day, on the 31st March was moved to a deportation cell. what can be done to get him out. we have paid R 7000.00 to date to the authorities. please help

  21. I overstayed due to my cousin brother’s son illness as he is a single parent and had to take care of him after he was discharged because my cousin had to go to work.i was banned for 5years what requirements / proof is needed for an Appeal

  22. Hi my friend’s passport have been expired as well as her visa. She came to South Africa invited for work. Her new boss in South Africa promised her she will do all documentations once my friend is here to renew her visa. Her new boss never did. Its now about 4 years that my friend don’t have a valid passport and work permit and visa. She want to go to her country to renew her passport and visa. What should she do now?

  23. Hi. i hv over stay for 1 day in 28 of June 2012 they give me fine for R1500.00 but until now i did pay. So what i can i do to clean the fine bcz im not long going to South Africa Help plz

  24. Hi, I have been in south Africa since 2012 /12/22 the expiry date of my visa was 21/01/2013 then theirafter my passport was stamped with a fake stamp exit one but I’m still in south Africa till today since 2012 so that means I’m overstayed, so what can I do or how u can help me to sort out this problem

  25. hie i first came to south africa in 2014 i didnt know any one or anything about visas. A friend offered to help with a visa at the end i got a fake visa what do i do i dont know what to do because my passport has been damaged i dont know where to go from there

  26. Hello, The stamps in my passport didn’t reflect on the airport system so they told me I’ve overstayed. The officer also told me that she can’t put my overstay on the system (another software error). My nearest embassy is refusing to check my status. How can I check if I’m banned now?

  27. Hello,my brother has overstayed his visa for 20days .Ugandan embassy delayed with his passport but eventually sent it on 4th Dec,just 3days to his visa expiring.But also on an unfortunate note,he has a criminal record on his police certification because of a minor fault.Will this make him be declared undesirable?
    Please help

  28. Good day

    Am Zimbabwean. I entered SA on 9 Aug 2016 and immi officer stamped returning 13 Aug. I was late by an hour and was banned for a year. I sent appeal coz i had gone on medical grounds. Got no response.

    Ban is now over and i have since changed name and passport through marriage. Can i return to SA seing my name and passport has changed?

  29. Have a Good Day Sir,
    I submitted my application before expire. but now my visa is expired and my decision is still pending and i did not receive any decision from Home affair.
    Can i apply for overstay appeal..?
    Is i am illegal person in RSA while my application is DHA for decision.?
    Please Advise me


  30. Hi , l applied for the renewal of my study permit 30 days before expiry and was given an appointment date to submit all my paperwork 3days before the permit expires, because l had no knowledge that my police clearance certificate was going to take that long to come out. So my question is what can l do so that l cannot be declared undesirable or overstay while l wait for a new permit. My current permit is expiring on the 30th of this month.

  31. Hi i ve overstayed in 2013 and i was given a penalty of R3000 what should i do to make my passport clean so that i can use it to cross the boarder pls help

  32. i am using asylum seekers permit but its being cancel for a reason i dont no,i went there to renew and they didnt and i want to apply for study permit can it be pissible i have stayed in SA almost two years.. am really worried beauause i want to apply for permit…can it be possbile???

  33. hi I was barned in south africa wth 3 days. they barn me for a year nw the year have passed I lost the documents wt must I do to go bck to south africa. cn I just to the border or ther is a process I should follow
    thank you

  34. am a zimbabwean citizen who overstayed by 71 days in 2016 because i had a pregnant wife who was alway sick. i was banned for 5 years from entering south africa. please help me with the appeal.

  35. I applied for an extension of my visa and went out before it was approved,yet the old one was already expired, I showed the immigration officer the receipt on which I paid for the extention and the police clearance, but the officer did not consider all of them, and she stumped I over stayed for 25 days, what should I really do for the ban to be canceled?

  36. We, as a family, recently relocated from Namibia to South Africa (beginning July 2017). My husband is South African, I am born Namibian with dual citizenship (and two passports) and we have a daughter born in Namibia with Namibian Citizenship and passport. We would like to apply for dual citizenship for her as well – but then found out that we have gone about this all wrong. Unknowingly, I entered South Africa with my Namibian passport (I did not know you should travel with both passports as the immigration officers normally check for entry and departure stamps) and I thought that while we are here I can sort out our daughters dual citizenship – (we need to register her for foreign birth and also register our marriage certificate as all this happened in Namibia).
    Me and my daughter have by now overstayed our temporary visa and cannot apply for any of the documents unless this is sorted. The last time I have used my South African passport was in 2013 to enter Namibia and then traveled with my Namibian passport until now. Can you advise and give some guidance on how to go about correcting this the legal way in order for me and my daughter to remain on dual citizenship and be legally able to reside in South Africa?

  37. Good day
    I was fined because i had to travel before my permit was out ,I had my receip to show that im still waiting for my permit but still was fined R3000.I came back illegall and my permit came ,so now I have a permit .Is the fine still there or was cancelled by the permit ,if I have to pay can I pay at the port of entry?
    Please advise

  38. Hi, is it possible to overturn an order to leave? My lawyer suggested to do the move of getting an order to leave first and then take my overstay from there. But, now she laid down my mandate. I don’t know what is best to do. Please advise.

  39. i have a friend who just didn’t stamp his passport and is 4 years over due i know its silly whats the way forward.

  40. Good Day. If you depart prior to receiving the outcome of your permit application, you will be declared undesirable and banned from South Africa for a period of up to 5 years. You are, however, able to appeal the ban. Kindly contact for further advice.

  41. Am a Nigerian .when I was coming into South Africa they gave me 15 days and also 3 months visa. This is my 4th time coming and have never overstayed before . Right now my visa expired 12th of may 2017 and have overstayed for 2 weeks Plu because I already applied for a work permit but is not yet out , I got a urgent call from home from my wife in Nigeria to come home as is very important . If I travel without the permit coming out will I be banned ? Will they allow me go home and come back with a new visa ? Thanks

  42. am JVK I overstay my visa for 12 months because I lost my passport and was dupe when j was try to extend my visa. but am back in Nigeria with TC since last year but my passport was send to me in December when it’s was found. he was in kenya in December but I have no issues getting there. I want to apply for Australia spousal visa now. will my overstay visa in South Africa affect my visa to Australia?

  43. Good day

    I would like know if my application to lift the ban of undesirsble has been received, I have tried many times calling the office line but no body answers the phone or replies back the email i sent the department. I was charged with overstaying on the 1 February 2016 for overstaying 33 days. Please kindly assist me the lines or email where i can get help from.


  44. Good Day Franklin,

    Thank you for contacting us. Please email with this overview and your contact details and an attorney will be in contact with you.

    Kind Regards,
    The SAVisas Team

  45. I’m a Nigerian I misplaced my passport and I want to go home and I don’t know how to get a TC. Secondly, I have a month old child here with a South African Lady and the child is on her name because I don’t have the appropriate documents to put her in my name. I just want to find out if I will be banned for 5 years and how do I go about obtaining a Traveling certificate.

  46. Hello,
    I am writing in respect of my visa overstay. I met my current fiancee online while in my country so I decided to come to South Africa and get married to her but while in the process my visa expired and it’s been expired for 17days now because we are still trying to execute the marriage at home affairs. Please, what do I do? I am confused right now. Thank you.

  47. Hello,

    I visited the republic 2015 and then returned back home December 2015 before my visa expires. I applied for another visiting visa from my country which was granted, then i returned to South Africa February 2016, I stayed for few weeks then applied for an extension of visa and it was denied. The reason for the decision state as follow: According to the department records (movement control system) you have left the country on 26th of December 2015 and you have not yet returned. Please this situation has really drained me. I got an admission in CPUT, and presently doing a Diploma course, in which i applied for study permit also got rejected due to same reason. I have my passport with authentic stamp at the OR Tambo point of entering, also my return ticket which recently expired due to the immigration error at the point of entry. Please i don’t know what to do. I need your urgent help and assistance. Thank you

  48. hello
    My parents are leaving SA on friday. They have over stayed they stay by 4 months, due to ill health, they dont have a physical visa only what is stamped in their uk passports. Are they going to be fined? if so how much and do they have to pay it before they leave the county?
    They are elderly and im concerned.

    They have perm resident but it is in their old UK passports, but they do have them with them, will this help? Their ID numbers are still valid in SA even though they dont have them.

    Please advise


  49. I am a Nigeria and i lost my passport and i want to go home because my cousin just pass away i want to know if i can use TC and when i reach Nigeria i will get my passport back please get back to me fast i need to travel home this week

  50. Hello,

    I overstayed my visa in march 2014 for 3 weeks. They told me to pay the fine at home. But I lost it. It has been almost 3 years and now I have a wedding next week and want to travel to Capetown. Where can I pay my fine?
    I am dutch but living in the US

  51. Hello
    I have overstayed my visiting days for 2 weeks but my visa is still valid, I want to know if i would receive ban or fine ? please is there a way i can go about it here.

  52. Hi Stacey,

    What happens if i tried to extend my critical skills work visa before it expired but because of SA police clearance confusion (between the old and new automatic method done at VFS — which while i went there to do it, i was told it has been suspended), as a result, i couldn’t submit / extend my visa and it expired Dec 31, 2016. I now have the police clearance done the old way and issued in Jan 2017 but unfortunately now, i’ve over-stayed my visa — since it has expired and therefore couldn’t submit my application for extension.

    I’ve filled-in the forms and done all what is required at DHA regarding the over-stay reasons / visa extension but when ever i go to DHA to get the decision, they keep telling me to come after a month that they don’t know when the decision would be out.

    Is there an alternative way to address this issue, as this is taking long and becoming uncertain?

    Regards and thanks in advance for your advice.


  53. Hi, please where and how can one pay a fine that was issued for an overstay.? Must it be paid before applying for another visa? She travelled sometime in 2013 and overstayed a few days. She was fined so she wants to know where to pay the fine because she wants to go back. Thanks

  54. Hi,

    My visitor’s visa will expire on February 6th and my flight home is on February 14th. If I go to Zim for two days before the 6, how many more days will I get when returning to South Africa?

    Thank you

  55. Hi Chris

    We understand your concern. Please email our specialist with this overview and your contact details and he will get back to you to discuss your options.

    Kind regards,
    The SAVisas Team

  56. Hi there. I applied in May 2014 at the Bellville Home Affairs for a temporary residents visa to live here with my South African wife
    I’ve contacted Home Affairs countless times in the last 2 years to enquire about my application. They say that it’s still pending.
    Recently I’ve had an offer to buy my house in Australia and I have accepted the offer. I need to return to Aust by about mid Feb to personally sign the contract and pack my possessions
    My wife and I are stressed and nervous about me being declared undesirable when exiting and having to wait months for an appeal to be heard by Home Affairs. When my focus should be on the sale of the property and selling, shipping to SA, and giving away my possessions, our focus/worry is about me being declared undesirable and not being able to return to be with my wife swiftly
    I want to buy a return ticket, but would hate to not be able to use it whilst awaiting an appeal. Is there anything I should ask from HA that may assist me. How long may one of these appeals last
    Any advise you can give would be appreciated
    Kind regards Chris Habel

  57. Hi Meshach

    Thank you for contacting us. You will, unfortunately, receive a ban on your visa. The length of the ban will depend on how long you have overstayed at the time you exit at the port of entry. You have the option to then appeal the overstay ban. Please email with this overview and your contact details and a specialist will be in contact to discuss the matter.

    You can read more about overstay appeals here:

    Kind regards,
    The SAVisas Team

  58. Hello
    I have overstayed my visa for just 2 weeks and i want to go home now and i was told i will be ban and i don’t want to be banned please is there a way i can go about it here.

  59. Hi Melissah

    Thank you for contacting us. You will need to obtain a waiver letter from the Department of Home Affair before you return to South Africa.

    Kind Regards,
    The SAVisas Team

  60. I overstayed in south africa with 20minutes on the 3rd of january 2015 and was given a 1year ban. My ban ended on 3rd january l want to apply for a study permit and l send an appeal to the home affairs in september 2016.what can l do now and how do l know if my ban was cleared?

  61. Hi Jo

    Thank you for contacting us. You need to go to your closest South African embassy to find out if there is a ban on their passports or if the fines still stand, you can pay the fines if they are still outstanding. You can also work on registering your children in South Africa and try getting them dual citizenship.

    If you need any more information please email

    Kind regards,
    The SAVisas Team

  62. Hi Fela

    Thank you for contacting us. A blanket extension was granted for all tertiary education study permits that expire before or on the 31st of December, which allows you to depart before the 31st of March 2017 without receiving a ban, read more here: However, they have not made it clear whether you can return during the extension.

    For more information please email

    Kind regards,
    The SAVisas Team

  63. My wife and I both have South African passports, but we live n the USA. Our three children have US Passports. In 2012 my wife was forced to stay in SA longer than three months because of Immigration issues she had here in the US. When that was finally resolved, we were told that we had to pay R3,000.00 per child because they were in SA longer than three months. The children are all minors, and as I mentioned both their parents have SA passports. We never paid the R3,000.00 per child, We are planning on going to visit again in January. Will the allow the children back into the country?

  64. Goodday,
    i entered SA in Februabry with study permit that will expire on Dec 31st. i have applied for renewal since October and havent gotten it yet. my wedding is coming up in Nigeria early January and DHA is closing for christmas at the end of this week (23/12/16). i am very hopeful i get the permit this week but if that fails, pls what do i do?

  65. Hi Vumile

    Thank you for contacting us. You can use any port of entry to leave South Africa before the date of expiry and you will not receive a ban on her passport.

    Kind regards,
    The SAVisas Team

  66. Hi.
    Does anyone kmow if there is a way of getting the Rapatriation deposit back after that you overstau? Thank you

  67. Hello my name is Vumile a south African man married a Malawian woman, we are still in process of getting spouse permit as we are married in Malawi already, now is it possible to stamp out from any border and come back before her expirely date? she is suppose to be out on the 4th January and we don’t have money for her to go back to Malawi

  68. Hi Maxwell

    Thank you for contacting us. Sorry that you were duped. Please email with your contact details and he will get back to you with advice on the matter.

    Kind Regards,
    The SAVisas Team

  69. Please Assist

    I Entered South Africa on August 19, 2014 for a Visit and while in South Africa i wanted to apply for a residence permit but unfortunately i was duped. I tried to transfer my money from My Malawian Account to the Account of a fellow Malawian who had been in South for a while but that friend disappeared after the money entered in his account so i had no other way of processing residence documents. As such i overstayed and ever since i have been trying to only put bread on the table .

    So please how can you help me with the overstay so that i can apply for permit? I am still in South Africa.

  70. Hi Kabelo

    Thank you for contacting us. Please email with this overview and include your contact details and he will get back to you with advice on the matter.

    Kind Regards,
    The SAVisas Team

  71. Good day

    I would like know if my application to lift the ban of undesirsble has been received, I have tried many times calling the office line but no body answers the phone or replies back the email we sent the department. I was charged with overstaying on the 10 September 2016 for overstaying three days but I was there on duty doing my refresher training for Mine Rescue Service. I have just missed my quaterly training as a Proto Member. Please kindly assist me the lines or email where i can get help from.


  72. Hie l overstayed in south Africa for 2days and was given one year ban. It is over now and l need to know if l will be asked to pay money if l go to harare and how much is it because l stay in bulawayo

  73. I had dzp permit and did not apply for zsp (Zimbabwe special permit) in 2015. What can I do now in order to apply for another work permit? What are the penalties for overstaying?

  74. I’m a nigerian,i am 6 month overstay in south africa, my passport was stolen and didn’t make a police report. I want to go back to my country,i am short of cash to pay a fine. What can I do?

  75. Hi Martin

    Thank you for contacting us. Please email this overview, any more questions you have and your contact details to and he will get back to you.

    Kind regards,
    The SAVisas Team

  76. Hallo i have a question my wife ( latvian ) and myself (south african)travelled to south africa in 2009 with her visitor visa valid for 6months but we stayed for 34 days only, but there was a condition on the visa of 30days in then to reenter that we did not see. On the border we recieved a R1500 fine and told we should pay when we next terurn to south africa.
    We want to go to south africa again in couple of weeks time what should we do pay the fine in uk before we apply for her visa as she got a new passport now as we got married and dont have old passport anymore ? Will she get banned for only paying it now? And will this affect her abbilty to get a visa?

  77. Hi Cara

    Thank you for contacting us. If you have overstayed your visa for 1 day because you missed your flight, you will be issued a ban of 1 year when you leave the South African port of entry. You can then appeal the ban if you wish. If you need assistance with your appeal please email

    Kind regards,
    The SAVisas Team

  78. Hi Mary

    Thank you for contacting us. If you have overstayed your visa for 1 day because you missed your flight, you will be issued a ban of 1 year when you leave the South African port of entry. You can then appeal the ban if you wish. If you need assistance with your appeal please email

    Kind regards,
    The SAVisas Team

  79. I missed my flight on the last day of my visitor visa. And now I have to catch the next flight on the following day. What will be my fate? Banned for how long?

  80. I missed my flight to Libreville and there is only one flight per day. now I have to catch the flight on the next day. what is my fate? banned for how long? I have proofs I was at the airport.

  81. Hi Leftie

    Thank you for contacting us. Please email this overview to with your contact details and he will be in contact with you with advice on your situation.

    Kind regards,
    The SAVisas Team

  82. Hi. I lost my passport in south Africa and I didn’t find it then Iast year December I wanted to go home I applied for a emergency travelling document at zim embassy when I get to the border the lady jus serve me with a form of being undesirable she said I ve been banned for 5 years now I’ve got a new passport and I want to go to SA what should I do

  83. Hi there

    i overstayed in South Africa in 2009 and paid a fine of R 1500, l just want to know if this information is in the database.. l am applying for a UK visa and mentioning this overstay will reduce my chances but if the UK immigration find out they will reject my application.

  84. Hi Clifford

    Thank you for contacting us. Please email this overview to along with your contact details and a specialist will be in contact with you.

    Kind regards,
    The SAVisas Team

  85. Just got a 1 year ban to enter South Africa the reason is I over stay with 1 day .enter South Africa on the 06 /10 / 16 then on the 09/ 10/ 16 they said I have over stayed because on 08/09/16 I enter South Africa was given a mouth visa within the same mth have made 3 visit in and out South Africa then when I enter on 06/ 10 / 16 I tell the lady that was serving me that I Wat 7 day then I overlooked thinking everything is fine got shock of my life was told I overstayed on the 09/ 10/16 now I am purchaseing offecer who regularly buy from South Africa I can even attach inovces in my name can’t stand the 1 year ban how best can u assistance me

  86. hello admin

    I am still in SA in a situation of overstay and I lost my passport but now I want to go home. What is the process I should follow? Thanks for assistance


  87. Hi Naom

    Thank you for contacting us. You will still be able to pay your fine at the embassy or point of entry. They should have a record of your fine on the system. Your best bet is to go to the embassy and just explain that you have a fine but you’ve lost the notice and that you want to pay it.

    Kind Regards,
    The SAVisas Team

  88. hi,l overstayed in South Africa in 2013 and was fined R3000,00,l want to pay the fine now but l lost my fine notice,will l be able to pay my fine without the notice.please help

  89. Hi Knowledge

    Thank you for contacting us. The ban does not lapse automatically. Please email matt@lr-inc outlining your situation and include your contact details and he will get back to you about the procedure moving forward.

    Kind regards,
    The SAVisas Team

  90. Hi Sinini

    Thank you for contacting us and sorry to hear about your situation. Please email outlining your situation and include your contact details and a consultant will get in touch.

    Kind regards,
    The SAVisas Team

  91. Was banned for 1yr in 2014 nw i want to return to s.a from Zimbabwe is there any fine I’ve to pay at the embassy or port of entry,what’s the proceedure ?wl the ban be automatically removed

  92. My passport was stolen in Messina,in 2012 April while I was on my way to home.I reported it same time in Messina police station, and l was asked to write and sign the affidavit with all relevant information. When l later found my passport in my country of resident in 2014.l tried to use it to cross to SA.But l told that am prohibited to cross to South Africa until l pay 3000rands in SA embassy. l presented my affidavit and l was told to appeal with the department.Help please.

  93. Hi Aroogz

    We have followed up and we have replied. Please try checking your spam inbox in your email? If you cannot find the reply email, please send us an alternate email address.

    Kindest regards,
    The SAVisas Team

  94. Hi Saul

    Thank you for contacting us. You may need to check your status in South Africa just to be sure. Please email and outline of your situation and your contact details and he will advise you on this situation.

    Kind regards,
    The SAVisas Team

  95. Hello I overstayed in 2012 and my passport expired. I didn’t get it stamped upon my exit,now I applied for new passport and I want to visit South Africa will I be allowed to enter with the new passport?

  96. Hello,
    I was issued a one year ban last year. It’s been over a year now. How does this affect my visa application as I want to apply for a study visa?

    Thank you.

  97. Hello Admin,

    I have over stay for 3weeks in south Africa and I want to go out…
    What will be my fine?

  98. Hi Keny

    Thank you for contacting us. Please email this outline of your situation and your contact details to and a specialist will contact you.

    Kind regards,
    The SAVisas Team

  99. Hi, I was given a day while transiting from SA to Swaziland but I lost my bag in a texi while departing from The airport to Swaziland but I was lucky to get the passport back by a Good Samaritan whom help me see the passport and send it to me in Swaziland. What is my chances of not being Penalized if I am Traveling back home

  100. Hi Beke

    Thank you for contacting us. In our experience, none of our clients have had an issue with passing through South Africa but we would advise that you call the airport in South Africa and ask the immigrations officer if there will be an issue.

    Kind regards,
    The SAVisas Team

  101. Hi, um departing from harare Zimbabwe to sydney australia, the plane passes through south africa, will my overstayed passport affect my jorney. Please let me know

  102. Hi, I am departing from harare Zimbabwe to sydney australia and the plane passes through south africa. Will my over stayed passport affect my jorney

  103. Hi, I am departing from harare Zimbabwe to sydney australia and the plane passes through south africa. Will my over stayed passport affect my jorney

  104. Hello admin

    I have over stay in 2014 which I am not come with my passport but I come back to my country with TC document my passport data is there also, now I wanted to apply for visa this august it’s possible for me to be ban or not going to be showing?

  105. Hi Derek. Since you have served your ban, you do not have to overturn your ban anymore and it will no longer affect your visa application process.

  106. If you were banned for a year and have served the ban what do you do to overturn the ban or hold on your passport?

  107. Hi ,may you please help how do l overturn a passport overstayed because of a wrong stamp is it possible to pay for that or l have to wait for 5 years to come back to S A,Your help will be much appreciated…

  108. Hi Eugene. We would never recommend that you overstay your visa for any reason whatsoever. We would advise staying on the right side of the law to avoid possible consequences.

  109. My passport was banned for 4 years after I was waiting for my permit .The immigration officer didn’t even check my paper for waiting list he just stamp ban on my passport what can I do my husband is working in S.A .

  110. I submitted my application for my retired persons permit renewal on Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at Nelspruit. My current permit only has 43 days validity, expiring on July 19, 2016. I submitted a letter explaining that the late submission was due to a delay by SAPS in getting my police clearance certificate back in time. The office in Nelspruit told me that the letter was unnecessary, but I asked them to enclose it anyway. My question is this: if I leave South Africa prior to my current permit expiring and then return shortly after it has expired will I be granted a standard 90 day tourist visa so I can wait for my renewal to be approved? The office in Nelspruit advised against this and told me I should just wait for the application outcome in South Africa, even though that will result in me overstaying my current permit. If my renewal is rejected for some reason I understand I will then be in South Africa on an expired permit, and declared ‘undesirable’ when I leave. This is all very confusing. Please advise me on my best course of action.

  111. I overstayed my visa by one day in 2013 and got fined R80 which I never paid. How do I pay it and will I be allowed back to SA?

  112. You will need to do a status check with your closest SA embassy to determine if you are still banned and whether you can return to SA.

  113. Please assist me.I overstayed in South Africa before the new regulations were introduced.I had not yet paid the fine.So when i go there now,am i going to be allowed to pay the fine and proceed with my journey?

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