How to apply for a South Africa tourist visa as a Nigerian

I know a couple of people who have been denied South Africa Visa (Tourist)and I would usually wonder why, but because the last time I processed one was in October 2015, I would usually not say much as the rules changes quite frequently. However, I processed 2 south africa visas which were granted over the last 3 weeks and I thought why not put this out there for someone who might need it.

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The South African High Commission accepts South Africa Visa Applications from Nigerians  via the VFS office.There are offices in Lagos, Abuja and Port-harcourt. I used the Lagos office at Lekki just for proximity purposes. Please note that there are slight variations in requirements for each office so please confirm here

VFS Capetown

As at October 2018 when I applied, the following documents are required to process a south Africa tourist visa for Nigerians.

  1. Visa Application Form Filled in Black Ink (Only Pages 1-7 are relevant)
  2. 2 Identical Passport Photographs, size (45×45) mm  (I recommend that you take the photo at VFS for N1,500  only)
  3. A Valid passport (I recommend a minimum of 6 months validity)
  4. 2 Colored copies of International passport bio data page and 1 copy of visas and stamps in passport.
  5. Typed Self Introduction Letter
  6. Typed Introduction letter from your employee
  7. Proof of accommodation booking directly from hotel
  8. Colored copy of Yellow Fever Card for Adults of Immunization card for children below 10 years.
  9. Unpaid Flight Reservation
  10. 3 Months bank statement – Original, signed and stamped by issuing bank
  11. Cash Payment – Visa Fee – N7,071, VFS Service Fee – N25,200 Text Message (Optional)- N400 = N32,671

When you have all these documents ready, head out to the closest Visa application center to you and be sure to get there early. The VFS office in Lagos is located on the 1st  floor of Manor Hall at Ikate, you get a number at the entrance from the security guard, take a sit and wait to be called. Upon being called, your documents are scrutinized, if everything checks, you pay the required fees in cash at the bank counter then lastly proceed to have your passport and documents which would have already been bagged submitted and will be issued an invoice.

VFS OnlinePaying for the text message is optional, if you feel there is no need to pay , you can track your application here . A confirmation email is also sent when your application has been processed and your passport is ready for collection. However, its just N400 and I highly recommend it. The VFS Center has also got a Premium Lounge and for an additional N10,000 you are entitled to a personalized service.

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Visa Application South Africa
The south africa visa processing timeline takes an average of 2 weeks, might be more or less. I will thus recommend that you create ample time to apply before your intended travel date, and wait till your visa is approved before you purchase your flight ticket. Upon your visa being granted, do not hesitate to book cheap flights here.

Additional Points

  1. If you can, leave your bags at home and go with just your documents.
  2. For an additional N4,500, your passport can be delivered to you at your desired address.
  3. If you are not submitting an application, you may not be allowed into the premises.
  4. Be sure to retrieve your passport with your collection slip.
  5. If you haven’t received notification, no point going to the VFS office, your visa is unlikely to be ready.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to drop your questions in the comment box.


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  • Reply Zeegoes November 26, 2018 at 6:12 pm

    Thank you for the information!

    • AE
      Reply AE November 26, 2018 at 6:38 pm

      Any Time Zee

  • Reply mastmony November 26, 2018 at 6:27 pm

    Thanks for the info…???

    • AE
      Reply AE November 26, 2018 at 6:39 pm

      Always welcome

  • Reply Tomi Adesina November 26, 2018 at 8:09 pm

    Thank you for this!

    • AE
      Reply AE November 27, 2018 at 10:15 am

      Anytime Tomi.

  • Reply Bee November 27, 2018 at 10:14 pm

    How do you know you got the visa? Cause I got a text your application have been processed and ready for pick up

    • AE
      Reply AE December 12, 2018 at 5:56 pm

      Hi Bee! You won’t know until you get to the VFS office, whether the Visa was granted or not. I hope yours was. Do let me know

      • Reply Bee December 12, 2018 at 11:50 pm

        Thanks it was granted .am in cape town already

  • Reply Bee November 27, 2018 at 10:36 pm

    Please how do you know if you got the visa ?i was just sent a text my application is already processed n awaiting pick up at the center

    • AE
      Reply AE December 13, 2018 at 12:00 pm

      Yay I’m excited for you. Do let my know if you need any tip or trick

  • Reply Tamie November 29, 2018 at 2:15 pm

    I like the way this was presented.
    Pretty straightforward with the necessary details only.

    • AE
      Reply AE December 12, 2018 at 5:57 pm

      Thanks Tamie

  • Reply Mola December 13, 2018 at 9:36 am

    Thanks for this information! Your site is always helpful, can’t wait to read more about your trip to South Africa!! thank you A.E

    • AE
      Reply AE December 13, 2018 at 7:00 pm

      Thanks for taking out time to leave a comment, glad I could be of help.

  • Reply Milly March 6, 2019 at 11:32 am

    Very helpful!!!

    • AE
      Reply AE March 6, 2019 at 2:17 pm

      Thanks so much, glad it helped.

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