How to Apply for a South African E-Visa from Nigeria


In this article, we will show you how to apply for South African electronic visa, also known as South African Evisa from Nigeria.

Currently, South Africa is the third most popular destination in Africa, according to Global Data, expected to welcome 6.8 million international arrivals in 2022.

Morocco is the top most popular destination in Africa. We have explained how to apply for Morocco visa application in our previous blog post.


Arrange your documents as per your purpose of visit and visit the VFS centre for submission. Alternatively, you can click here to apply online by yourself.

What are the documents you need to go with for the SouthAfrican E-visa?

Documents Required for South African E-visa

  1. 3 Months bank statement: You need to provide your recent 3-month bank statements. You bank must stamp each page of the statement. To ensure that you are providing the right 3 months statement, count 3 months backward and include the present month. In case you are being sponsored by someone, spouse or company, you need to include their bank statement and copy of their data page.
  2. Introduction letter: Your employer needs to introduce you and mention your position in the company and your annual salary. The purpose of visit should also be stated in the letter. If they intend to sponsor you, they must mention that the company will be responsible for the trip. They also need to confirm that your leave has been approved. If you are self-employed, you will need to introduce yourself on your company letterhead and state the purpose of visit. In addition to your company letter, it is advisable to prepare a self-introduction letter.
  3. International Passport: You must provide a valid passport you want to use for travel. It must be valid for 6 months from the date of departure from South Africa.
  4. Yellow fever vaccination Card: You will need a valid yellow fever vaccination card. In one of our blog posts, we discussed how to check the authenticity of a yellow fever card.

Additional Documents for South Africa visa

  1. Accommodation: You need a hotel voucher or receipt for your South African e-visa application. Your check-in and check-out date must match the dates on your flight. Your name, hotel name and hotel phone number must be visible on the hotel reservation. In case your host is willing to accommodate you in their homes, then they must send a copy of their utility bill and data page.
  2. Invitation Letter: If you are being invited by a host, family or friends from South Africa, you will need an invitation letter from there. If going on a business visit, you also need an invitation letter. The letter must contain your name, the purpose of visit and the details of the host.
  3. Flight reservation: You must present a verifiable flight reservation for you South African E-visa. The flight must match your travel date, return date, and bear the applicant’s details.
  4. Consent Letter: In case of minors, Proof of consent from one or both parents or legal guardian is required. This may be in the form of a letter or affidavit. Where applicable, a copy of a court order granting the applicant parental responsibilities and rights in respect of the child. In addition to the consent letter, a letter from the person who is to receive the child in South Africa, containing his or her residential address in the Republic where the child will be residing is essential. A copy of the identity document or valid passport and visa or permanent residence permit of the person who is to receive the child in the Republic should be provide, and the contact details of the parents or legal guardian.
  5. Dollar Card: I know you may be wondering why a dollar card. Yes, you will need this for the payment of your visa application at the VFS centre. You will need to use your dollar card for the SouthAfrican e-visa payment.


During the application, you may provide additional documents like birth certificate for minors. Additional documents may be requested for by the embassy.


VFS Global Visa Application Centers In Nigeria.

Lagos Address: The Manor, Plot 110 Admiral Ayinla Way Opposite Treasure Garden Estate, Third Roundabout, Lekki Phase I 105102, Lagos.

Abuja Address: Mohammadu Buhari Way, Central Business Dis 900103, Abuja.

Port Harcourt Address: Phase 2, Vineyard plaza, 88 Woji Rd, GRA 500272, Port Harcourt.

All You need to know about South African E-Visa

  • The pre – approved SouthAfrican E-Visa is valid only on the arrival date as stated in the application form.
  • The purpose of your visit must be a short stay/travel in South Africa
  • Your passport must be valid for at least 30 days from the date of arrival and have at least 1 page available for Visa Stamp.
  • You need to hold a Nigerian passport to apply.
  • Please ensure you have a return air-ticket valid for the duration of stay
  • Your accommodation address in South Africa should be verifiable
  • Minors need to apply for an E-visa, please make sure the required documents are available at the time of the visa application.
  • At the airport, the airport authorities will check if you are eligible to enter their country. Be aware of the documents that you must carry and avoid misunderstandings: Yellow fever card, hotel, vaccination card/Covid 19 test are important.
  • Your valid passport must be the same as the one you used when you applied for the E-Visa.
  • Your approved SouthAfrican E-Visa code.
  • As soon as you arrive in South Africa airport, go to the immigration area and enter the dedicated SouthAfrican E-Visa lane.
  • Present your passport to the immigration officer to get the final approval to enter South Africa.
When you arrive, you will need to clear both – South Africa Immigration and Customs process. Your airline should distribute Immigration and Customs forms for you to fill out before your arrival.

South African e Visa system is only available for citizens from the following nationalities now:

  • Cameroon
  • Congo, (Kinshasa)
  • Egypt
  • Ethiopia
  • India
  • Iran, Islamic Republic of
  • Kenya
  • Mexico
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • People’s Republic of China
  • Philippines
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Uganda

How Much Is South African E-visa In Nigeria?

The visa fee is 87USD and a service charge of about N13,000 at the VFS centre. The visa fee is non-refundable. If you apply online by yourself, it costs less – R425.00.

How To Apply For South African Visa Online

  • Visit here to start your visa application.
  • Create a new profile and confirm your details via email.
  • Fill in your details correctly and upload all the required documents.
  • Make payment for the visa fee online.
  • Lastly, wait for the outcome of the visa application.

Although applying for SouthAfrica visa online by yourself may take so much time for the embassy to get back to you, it is cheaper.

VisaPaper can assist you with the submission without appearing at any of the visa centres. To process your SouthAfrican e-visa, contact us by clicking here or follow us on Instagram.

You can learn how to apply for Uganda visa from Nigeria.

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  1. The airline is asking for approval email received when i wanted to board at the airport with my visa.

    Where can i get the approval email sent to me by the home affairs?

    • Hi John,

      You need to check the email you used when you were applying for the SA evisa. The congratulatory/confirmation message in the body of your email can help.

      If you used a travel agent, you may need to contact them.


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