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Visa South Africa

Hi all,

Our family would like to stay in South Africa, Namibia and Botswana for over 90 days. A regular visa is only for 90 days.

How can we solve this without having to apply for other visa (we don’t work or retire)?

Would it be possible to go to our home country (or e.g. Kenya) and return to get another 90 days? Or do you only get 90 days per calender year?

Thanks a lot!
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It's absolutely no problem to extend your visa after three months for another period of 90 days. Just go to the Office for Home Affairs in the nearest provincial capital. This is granted immediately, that is, you don't have to wait for days ;o)

What I suppose doesn't work if eg. you enter in South Africa and intend to extend your visa while you're in Namibia....
The best would be to get informed by your local SA or NAM consulate regarding a visa loner than 180 days. I haven't used that yet.
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Hi Vaufi,

Thank you for your response. Have you tried this yourself and if so, when was it? Reason for asking is that I read that some people were denied an extension or only got a few days extra.
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This was a few years ago, but should still force. I travelled for just under 180 days before leaving the country for ma next destination.


I tried to verify the possibility of the visa extension, but couldn't find any info on that. And, of course, the visa regulations may vary regarding the different citizenships. I'm a German passport holder.


You might find more infos here: https://www.dha.gov.za/index.php/applying-for-sa-visa


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Thank you! Hopefully this is a solution (Dutch passport holder). The thing is that we are a family of four and we preferably would be allowed to stay for a longer time, giving us time to apply for decent visa and to get the kids to school. I was told that getting retirement visa would take a year.

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I presume that there won't be a difference between Dutch and German citizenship regarding a visa.

I have no idea how the regulations are for visa over 180 days. It's probably a financial question. I once met a lady from PWC (auditors) in Cape Town. She could have organised a permanent residence visa for me at the cost of € 600. But I never made use of it. For a whole family that is a totally different story....
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