South Africa visa requirements for Nigerians

Travel and visa requirements

Basic Travel Requirements for Nigerians visiting South Africa

Travelers are required to fulfill the following requirements in order to apply for a South African Visa.


  • Nigerian passport valid for at least 30 days from the intended departure date.
  • Copies of the passport data page, existing visas, and previously issued visas if any.
  • BI-84 application form filled in black ink.
  • Two passport-size photographs taken on a white background.
  • Original and copy of Yellow Fever card.
  • A copy of the hotel booking.
  • Copy of flight tickets.
  • Birth certificate.
  • Self-introduction letter.
  • Introduction letter from employer.
  • Original receipt issued at the time of submission of visa application.
  • Marriage certificate (if applicable) to stay for more than 90 days.
  • Proof of financial support or sponsor.
  • Parents/ legal guardian letter of consent for minors.
  • Photocopies of all original documents.

South Africa Visa for Nigerians

Facts about South Africa


South Africa is popular for its natural landscape, game reserves, and cultural heritage. Tourists interested in natural history would have a good time visiting the country. A wide range of species can be found in various nature parks around the country. The most popular national parks are the Kruger National Park and Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, other smaller parks are Addo National Park and Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Park. There are also beaches which offer activities like surfing and kayaking. In addition to its numerous natural attractions, South Africa also boasts a large number of attractions of cultural significance. They include caves forming part of the Cradle of Humankind in Gauteng, the ruins of the Kingdom of Mapungubwe in northern Limpopo, the wine routes of the Western Cape amongst others.
 
The tourism industry is one of the most important industries of the South African economy. In 2012, the country was responsible for directly contributing ZAR 102 billion of South African GDP and supports 10.3% of jobs in the country. In 2014, over 9 million tourists visited South Africa which was a 0.1% increase from the number of visitors recorded the previous year.
 
Foreigners visiting South Africa are not allowed to enter the country with more than ZAR25,000 but can enter the country with unlimited foreign currency. No Kruger coin is allowed. On exit from the country, you cannot be in possession of more than ZAR25,000 but can leave with unlimited foreign currency if the amount was declared on entry. Foreigners can leave the country with up to 15 Kruger coins if there is proof it was purchased with foreign currency.
 
Citizens of Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Malta, Portugal, Russia, Spain, the United Kingdom, etc can gain entry visa-free for a stay of 90 days. Nationals of Angola, Antigua, and Barbuda, Cape Verde, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Hungary, Jordan, Poland, South Korea, Thailand, etc do not need a visa for stays of 30 days or less.

Types of South Africa Visa


Types of Visa Processing Time Duration of Stay
Visitor Visa 5-10 working days 90 days
Business visa 5-10 working days 90 days
Medical visa 5-10 working days 90 days

General Requirements for South Africa Visa


  • Nigerian passport valid for at least 30 days from the intended departure date.
  • Copies of the passport data page, existing visas, and previously issued visas if any.
  • BI-84 application form filled in black ink.
  • Two passport-size photographs taken on a white background.
  • Original and copy of Yellow Fever card.
  • A copy of the hotel booking.
  • Copy of flight tickets.
  • Birth certificate.
  • Self-introduction letter.
  • Introduction letter from employer.
  • Original receipt issued at the time of submission of visa application.
  • Marriage certificate (if applicable) to stay for more than 90 days.
  • Proof of financial support or sponsor.
  • Parents/ legal guardian letter of consent for minors.
  • Photocopies of all original documents.

South Africa Visa Fees


Visa Type

Sub Types

Visa Fees

Visitor Visa

19.45 (USD)

Business visa

19.45 (USD)

Medical visa

19.45 (USD)

South Africa Visa Application Centres & Embassies in Nigeria


Location

Address

Abuja

Diplomatic Zone Plot 371 Central Business District, Abuja.

www.dirco.gov.za/abuja/

dtiabuja@gmail.com

(+234) 9 462 4200

Lagos

24, Molade Okoya Thomas Street Victoria Island, Lagos

www.dirco.gov.za/lagos/

safrica@nigol.net.ng

(+234) 1 461 2067, (+234) 1 461 2981

Frequently Asked Questions


What is the official language of South African?

South Africa is a country of diverse languages, it currently has 11official  languages. These are Afrikaans, Southern Ndebele, Xhosa, Zulu, Swazi, Northern Sotho, Southern Sotho, Tswana, Tsonga, Venda and English. English is usually spoken as a second language.


Which currency is accepted in South Africa?

South Africa's currency is South African Rand (ZAR). This is what is generally accepted as the legal means of payment in the country. Large supermarkets and hotels accept credit cards and US dollars but local markets accept only cash in ZAR.


Are meals expensive in South Africa?

South Africa boasts of delicious meals at relatively low prices. An eat-out lunch in an average establishment will cost you between R60 and R130 per person and decent 30cm pizza will cost you between R65 and R95.


Can foreigners rent houses in South Africa?

Yes. Many real estate agents in South Africa offer rental services to foreigners. The rental properties are mostly available on unfurnished long term lease, but furnished properties on offer with 1 to 12 month lease agreements are also available.