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South Africa - entry restrictions and rules [merged thread]

Old Jul 6, 22, 4:46 am
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Visa services are by appointment only - that may have been the September reference. To schedule an appointment send email to [email protected]

I'd contact one of the many visa processing services in the United States. They'll at least tell you what's up and what is required.
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Old Jul 6, 22, 8:21 am
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Originally Posted by B747-437B View Post
Post-customs bag drop was closed this morning FWIW.
has been closed for quite some while IME
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Old Jul 6, 22, 9:30 am
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Originally Posted by danpeake View Post
Visa services are by appointment only - that may have been the September reference. To schedule an appointment send email to [email protected]

I'd contact one of the many visa processing services in the United States. They'll at least tell you what's up and what is required.
Thanks. That is the email we have been using.
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Old Jul 7, 22, 1:51 pm
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Originally Posted by theebigjuan View Post
Planned on meeting friends in CPT in October. My wife is on a Bulgarian passport, so started contacting SA embassy in DC and consulate in NYC about a visa as it requires a full application and interview in person. Received a single reply to "Apply in September" with no explanation or instructions. She has tried for 4 weeks to call (no one picks up the phone/the line is busy/voicemail is full and does not accept messages) or email (multiple emails to multiple people with no reply). Any suggestions? She is off to Europe for all of August, so if this doesn't happen in the next few days, then we don't see our friends or CPT, which would be a pity. Thanks.
I've just come back from a major aviation conference in Cape Town where the general consensus seems to be that visa issuance for tourists and businesspeople seeking to travel to Western Cape has become very problematic. A number of attendees (including CEOs of airlines, IATA senior management, etc..) had visas refused or left pending for 3+ months, and needed diplomatic level intervention to eventually have some of those issued. I had a chance to speak with some of the provincial ministers and they say that while they have significant anecdotal evidence of this, Home Affairs is dragging their feet on providing statistics regarding visa applications versus issuances by province of destination. SA Tourism is also having their budget significantly cut for promotion of attractions in Western Cape. It seems that your visa process may go a lot smoother if you cite a destination in Gauteng instead.
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Old Jul 8, 22, 3:33 am
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I've just come back from a major aviation conference in Cape Town where the general consensus seems to be that visa issuance for tourists and businesspeople seeking to travel to Western Cape has become very problematic. A number of attendees (including CEOs of airlines, IATA senior management, etc..) had visas refused or left pending for 3+ months, and needed diplomatic level intervention to eventually have some of those issued. I had a chance to speak with some of the provincial ministers and they say that while they have significant anecdotal evidence of this, Home Affairs is dragging their feet on providing statistics regarding visa applications versus issuances by province of destination. SA Tourism is also having their budget significantly cut for promotion of attractions in Western Cape. It seems that your visa process may go a lot smoother if you cite a destination in Gauteng instead.
ANC cadres looking to punish DA run Western Cape…😕
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Old Jul 8, 22, 6:01 am
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ANC cadres looking to punish DA run Western Cape…😕
I wouldn't want to speculate publicly of course, but the statistics (if eventually made available to Western Cape by DHA) would confirm one way or the other...
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Old Jul 11, 22, 9:52 am
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Out of the blue, she received an email Thursday evening setting an appointment for Wednesday morning. We will travel to DC tomorrow. I am not optimistic and had mentally moved on from this trip happening so any good news in a bonus. Another bonus is that there are some nice Virginia wineries on the drive where we can stop and get a few bottles!
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