New South African IMMIGRATION RULES // Travelling with MINORS (-18 years):
Immigration Rules: South Africa introduced new immigration rules as from 26 May 2014: www.dha.gov.za or contact the South African Embassy in Brussels - email@example.com or www.southafrica.be. Your passport has to be valid at least 30 days AFTER departure from South Africa and needs to have at least 2 unused pages for entry/exit stamps or visa.
Minors: As from 01 JUNE 2015 it is mandatory for Minors (-18 years), travelling (entering/departing South Africa) with or without their parents, to present to Immigration authorities at all South African ports of entry/departure:
1. Together with the passport - a full birth certificate (letterlijk afschrift van de geboortakte / expédition littérale de l’acte de naissance) mentioning the minor and the parents.
2. If the full birth certificate is not in English, a translation into English is mandatory. This translation has to be done by a sworn translator (beëdigd vertaler/traducteur juré), the translation has to bear the stamp of the translator proving his capacity of sworn translator. The translation cannot be older than 3 months.
You can address your local “gemeentehuis/ maison communale” and ask for a multilingual birth certificate for international use – this comes in Dutch, French, German and English, does not need to be translated anymore as it has already all information in English and is accepted by South African Immigration services.
3. Where only one parent is accompanying or a third person, or if the minor is travelling all by himself or in a group of minors, proof of parental or legal authority to travel with the child is needed, and this for entering and leaving South Africa. This authorization has to be in English or translated into English by a sworn translator as well (same requirements as for the translation of the full birth certificate) or, you can ask your Belgian municipality for a multilingual document - issued in Dutch, French, German and English, as this document has been issued by a Belgian authority in English, it does not need a translation and legalization anymore. This official travel authorization has a maximum validity of 3 months and has to be renewed after that for every new travel. If the minor is not accompanied by an adult, the proof to travel has to mention the full name of the person who will collect the minor at the respective South African border.
4. If you live in South Africa, you must be in possession of a valid residence permit at all times when entering or leaving South Africa. Be advised to have the A4-form (the document that states your resident status, a copy will do) with you at all times when crossing South Africa’s borders as South African Home Affairs will not be putting the resident permit sticker in your passport anymore.
PERMITS EXPIRED / PERMIT RENEWAL: For those who have South African permits who are expired, please be aware that you may be blacklisted and prevented from applying for a visa to re-enter South Africa for a period from 12 months to 5 years. Should you have applied for a resident status/permit/visa before 26 MAY 2014, you did not get a reply from Home Affairs yet, you left South Africa already and got the “undesirable” status, please address an email to firstname.lastname@example.org together with a copy of your Belgian passport, a copy of your current visa/permit and a copy of the application for the renewal of your visa/status. You will receive a reply from Home Affairs containing the document DHA-57 (“Waiving of undesirability”) and you are allowed to enter South Africa again. If you have applied for a renewal before 26 MAY, the old law (law in force before 26 MAY 2014) concerning your visa/permit renewal will still be applicable.
Please be aware that as from 26 MAY 2014, for all first time visa applications, you have to contact the South African Embassy in Brussels. Belgian citizens on holiday are still allowed to enter South Africa with only their Belgian passport, and can stay for a maximum of 90 days in the Republic as a visitor. Should they wish to extend their stay, they have to apply at least 30 days in advance (this is 30 days before your stay has come to an end) through a VFS office (for addresses: see website Home Affairs – www.dha.gov.za). A change of the visitor’s status into another status is not possible anymore.
For all other extensions or change of status you are to contact the VFS office at least 30 days before expiry date.
The Consulate of Belgium will be closed for the public (including visa) on following dates.
VISA BIOMETRIC DETAILS: As from 6th June 2013 all visa applicants will have to apply in person when lodging the application, in order to provide their biometric details. Children under the age of 12 years old are exempted.
VISA APPLICATIONS DELIVERY: As from 6th of June 2013 visa applications delivered by travel agents, courier or postal services will not be accepted anymore.
VISA APPOINTMENTS: Every visa and passport applicant has to make an appointment. It is mandatory for all visa applicants to make an appointment for each individual who is applying.
Appointments have to be scheduled on the following link: https://booknow.appointment-plus.com/4cyt1rps/.
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VISA APPLICATIONS FOR DIPLOMATS AND OFFICIAL PASSPORT HOLDERS: Since 01 August 2014, Holders of South African diplomatic and official passport do NOT need a visa to travel to BENELUX countries (Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxemburg) anymore. Holders of diplomatic and official passports of other nationalities who do need a visa to travel to Belgium are welcome to hand in their visa applications every working day between 08.00 and 08.30. This time slot is exclusively for holders of diplomatic and official passports, to able the Visa section of the Consulate to finalize the visa procedure in a smooth and rapid way. Holders of diplomatic and official passports are kindly asked to respect the given time slot. If not possible to hand in application at the give time slot, holders of diplomatic and official passports are kindly requested to make an appointment through https://booknow.appointment-plus.com/4cyt1rps/ in order to secure a smooth process.
BELGIAN PASSPORT APPLICATIONS: Belgian citizens requesting a new Belgian passport are invited to book an appointment using https://booknow.appointment-plus.com/4cyt1rps/ as well, as passport applications can only be taken in in the afternoon.