Changes to visa application process in South Africa

As from Thursday 7 June 2007 all applicants in South Africa requiring a visa for the United Kingdom now have to lodge their application at the Visa Application Centre (VAC) operated by VFS Global. Please note, South African nationals do not need a visa to visit the UK for up to six months.

The following services will be offered to customers at VAC's as part of the visa fee:

  • A non-prejudicial checking service that will ensure that the application is complete and that all documents the applicant wishes to send are present.
  • A visa fee collection and handling service.
  • A biometric collection service that will collect fingerscans and a photograph from all applicants.
  • A courier delivery/collection service to/from the post for applications and collection facility for applicants that have not opted to pay for a personal courier return.

VFS Global will have VAC's in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town and Durban.