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Dreaming of exploring the vibrant culture and picturesque landscapes of South Africa? Whether it’s for a vacation, business venture, or educational pursuit, understanding the current costs and requirements for a South African visa from Nigeria is crucial. In this blog post, we’ll provide you with up-to-date information on visa fees, application procedures, and essential guidelines to ensure a smooth process.

Current Cost of South African Visa in Nigeria 

Before embarking on your South African adventure, it’s vital to be well-informed about visa processing details. Here’s the current cost breakdown for South African visas in Nigeria:

  • Short Term: Holiday Visa
    • Visa Fee: ₦8,600 (+VAT)
    • Service Fee: ₦25,470 (+VAT)
  • Long Term: Business Visa
    • Visa Fee: ₦30,600 (+VAT)
    • Service Fee: ₦25,470 (+VAT)

Additional Fees:

In case you opt for passport courier service, an extra ₦4,500 per passport will be incurred. Keep in mind that visa fees are subject to change based on exchange rates. Payment can be made at designated banks or VFS Global, with a copy of the first page of your international passport required.

South African Visa Application Requirements:

Ensure a hassle-free application process by preparing the following documents:

  1. Valid passport (valid for at least 30 days after the intended stay)
  2. Completed Application Form (BI84) in black ink
  3. Birth certificate for minors
  4. Consent letter for children not traveling with parents
  5. Verifiable flight booking
  6. Copy of international vaccination card (yellow fever card)
  7. Passport data page copies
  8. Introduction/recommendation letter from an employer (if applicable)
  9. Marriage certificate (if staying for more than 90 days)
  10. Non-refundable visa fee of ₦8,600 (excluding service charge)
  11. Proof of financial status (six months recent bank statements)
  12. Self-introduction letter with a physical address and phone number
  13. Two passport-sized photographs on a white background
  14. Verifiable hotel reservation/bookings (directly with hotels)

Types of South African Visas:

Understanding the visa types is crucial. Here are the primary categories:

  1. Visitor’s Visa: For short-term stays, valid for up to 90 days (3 months).
  2. Long Stay Visitor Visa: Intended for stays between 3 months and 3 years.
  3. Business Visa: Applicable for those traveling to South Africa for business, with a validity period of 3–5 years.

Guidelines for South Africa Visa Application for Nigerians:

To kickstart your application process:

  1. Apply in person at any VFS Global Office in Lagos, Port Harcourt, or Abuja.
  2. Centers have daily application limits: Lagos (230), Abuja (150), and Port Harcourt (20). Arrive early to avoid queues.
  3. Contact details for VFS Global Offices:
    • Lagos: Plot 110, Admiral Ayinla Way, 3rd Roundabout, Lekki Phase I
    • Abuja: 38, Lobito Crescent, Wuse 2
    • Port Harcourt: Vineyard Shopping Centre, 88 Woji Road, GRA


Embarking on a South African journey is an exciting prospect, and understanding the visa process is key. Keep this comprehensive guide handy for a seamless application experience. For the latest updates and any changes, always check with official sources. Safe travels!

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