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Visit Family and Friends


This visa is solely for applicants intend to visit the family and friends.

Visa fees

Visa Category Sub category Visa Fee in RMB Service fee in RMB (Inclusive of all Applicable Taxes
Visitors visa for a period of less than 3 months Visit Family and Friends 220 335

Documents Required

  Checklist for Visit Family and Friend (Version_Updated on 01 March 2019)

Need to provide residence permit (original and copy) of Shanghai Jurisdiction, if your passport issued by Beijing Jurisdiction and vis-à-vis

Invitation letter should have seal of local police station or immigration office.

The balance to proof finances condition is according to the duration of stay in South Africa, 15,000RMB per person per month.

If applicant under 18 travelling alone or with one parent, provide Notary Certificate of permission to travel from both parents (when minor is travelling alone) or the parent not travelling (if minor is travelling with one parent).

Requirements for entering South Africa

You will need the following if you wish to visit South Africa:

  • A valid and acceptable passport or travel document for your intended stay
  • At least one blank page in your passport for endorsements
  • A valid visa, if required
  • Sufficient funds to pay for your day-to-day expenses during your stay
  • A return or onward ticket
  • Yellow fever certificates if your journey starts or entails passing through the yellow fever belt of Africa or South America.

Photo Specifications


Photograph specifications for visas, permits etc

Photographs must be:

  1. 35mm in width and 45mm in length
  2. A close-up of your head and top of your shoulders so that your face takes up 70 – 80% of the photograph Of high quality with no ink marks, lines or creases and not damaged
  3. Taken against a white background

The photograph must:

  1. Show you looking directly at the camera
  2. Have appropriate brightness and contrast

    Head coverings are not permitted, except for religious reasons, but your facial features must be clearly shown.

    Spectacles may be worn provided that the lenses do not make the eyes invisible.

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Processing Time

Applicants who have submitted their application at the South Africa Visa application centres in China can collect the passport from the application centre after 5-10 working days (at least 5 working days) starting from the day after the date of submission. The processing time is counted from the date when the Embassy of South Africa in Beijing and the Consulate General of South Africa in Shanghai receives the application documents; it will not include the application delivery time between the Visa Application Centre and Embassy/Consulate. Visa application submitted in Chengdu/Shenyang/Wuhan /Xi’an Visa Application Centre will be delivered to the Embassy of South Africa in Beijing for processing. Visa application submitted in Guangzhou/Hangzhou/Jinan Visa Application Centre will be delivered to Consulate General of South Africa in Shanghai for processing. Please be informed that the processing time may vary depending on individual circumstances. The collection timing is 8:00 - 15:00 (Monday-Friday except weekends & holidays mentioned in the holidays list).

To collect the passport, please bring the original acknowledgement receipt and any original Government Photo ID proof.

Download Form

  Please click here to download Visa Application Form DHA-84.