Do I need a visa?
Depending on your country of origin there are different procedures for visa applications. If you are from any Schengen country (The Netherlands included) you don’t need to apply for a visa before you leave. When you arrive in South Africa, you will get a visitors permit for 3 months at customs.
Shorter than 3 months
When you stay in South Africa for a shorter period than 3 months you do NOT have to apply for a visa (depending on the country of origin). You will come to South Africa on a temporary visitors permit for 3 months which you will receive on arrival at customs. You will have to show the custom’s authorities a letter or declaration from your receiving company or institute and clearly state that you are here for practical training.
Longer than 3 months, but shorter than 6 months (total stay)
After 2 months in South Africa you must go to Home Affairs with the following information:
- Letter of invitation from you internship placement
- Retour flight ticket
- Copy of travel insurance policy
- Proof of sufficient funds (copy of savings bank account, copy of funds approved by parents, and/or copy of study funds provided by government)
At Home Affairs you have to complete a form and pay approximately 450 ZAR. After a week you can pick up your extended visa.
Longer than 6 months
If you stay longer than 6 months in South Africa, you will have to apply for your visa in your country of origin. In general you will only be given such a visa if you can present a letterin which it is clearly stated you’ll work as a volunteer and do not receive any compensation. Khaya will provide this letter for you.
Local officials can make the process of extending your visa very complicated. Note that sometimes it will take some time to process your documentation. A lot of patience will be needed!