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The South African Consulate General
in Chicago, Illinois
200 South Michigan Avenue, 6th Floor
Chicago, IL 60604
Tel. (312) 939-7929
Fax: (312) 939-2588

The South African Consulate General
in Los Angeles, CA
6300 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 600
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Tel. (323) 651-0902
Fax: (323) 651-5969

The South African Consulate General
in New York City
333 East 38th Street,
9th Floor
New York NY 10016
Tel: (212) 213-4880
Fax: (212) 856-1575

The South African Embassy in Washington, DC
3051 Massachusetts Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20008
Tel: (202) 232-4400
Fax: (202) 244-9417

Visa for Volunteer or Charitable Activities

Important Information on Applying for South African Visas

Effective 10 May 2015, applicants for visas will be required to apply in person at the South African mission.  No appointment necessary.

Checklist of Documents to be Submitted:

  • Valid passport with at least two (2) unused (blank) pages labeled Visa when presented at the Embassy or Consulate; one page for affixing the visa or permit by the embassy/consulate and the other page for endorsement of entry/departure stamp by the South African Immigration Services. Passport must be valid for 30 more days after the intended return date from South Africa.
  • Prescribed form DHA 1738 Form 8 Note: In the permanent residential address, please state the address in the United States where you reside.
  • Two (2) passport photos with white or light background
  • Roundtrip flight itinerary
  • Proof of sufficient means in the form of bank statement for own maintenance
  • Proof of U.S. legal status for non-U.S. citizens (copy of  greencard, etc)
  • Medical report (physical)
  • Radiological report (chest X-ray)
  • Proof of health coverage whilst in South Africa
  •  FBI certificate (full criminal background check report) and police clearance certificate from all countries applicant lived in since age 18 for one year or longer.
  • Non-refundable fee of  $36.00 money order for processing
  • Letter of invitation from the host Organization in South Africa stating purpose and duration of stay
  • Letter from the U.S. Organization taking financial responsibility, and undertaking to return applicant upon completion of assignment if applicant is sent by Church organization/ Mission. This letter should also specify purpose and duration of stay in South Africa.
  • Processing time is 5 to 10 business days.
  • Where to submit your application