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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

Medical Visa

This is a permit issued to foreigners intending to visit South Africa for the purpose of undergoing medical treatment

A medical treatment visa may be issued for a maximum period of six (6) months at a time.

Except in the case of medical treatment OR if the applicant is the spouse or dependent child of the holder of a business or work visa, the holder of a port of entry visa, visitor's visa and medical treatment visa may not apply for a change of conditions of an existing visa, unless he or she is in possession of a letter issued on behalf of the Minister of Home Affairs that good cause had been demonstrated for the submission of such an application.

Important Information on Applying for South African Visas
Applicants for visas will be required to apply in person at the South African mission.  No appointment necessary.

Checklist: Application filed at Missions

  • A duly completed application form DHA-1738 signed by applicant
  • Machine readable 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
  • Two (2) passport photos
  • Roundtrip flight itinerary
  • Letter from the applicant’s medical practitioner or medical institution within the Republic of South Africa confirming-
    • that space is available at the medical institution;
    • the estimated costs of the treatment;
    • whether or not the disease or ailment is treatable or curable;
    • the treatment schedule; and
    • the period of intended treatment in the Republic.
  • The details of, and confirmation by, the person or institution responsible for the medical expenses and hospital fees; (Provided that in a case where the applicant's medical scheme or employer is not liable for expenses incurred, proof of financial means to cover medical costs).
  • The particulars of the persons accompanying the applicant
  • Proof of sufficient financial means or provision for the costs indirectly related to the treatment (in a form of recent three (3) months bank statement stamped by the bank
  • Notarized copy of proof of U.S. legal status (copy of green card) if not U.S. citizen
  • Notarized copy of bio page of the passport
  • 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.
  • Proof of hotel accommodation (confirmed hotel reservation) or a letter of invitation from the host with proof of address (relative or friend) in South Africa
  • A yellow fever vaccination certificate if that person traveled or intends traveling from or transiting through a yellow fever endemic area.
  • Non-refundable fee of $36.00 money order for processing
  • Attention New York Applicants: The South African Consulate General in New York will no longer accept prepaid envelope/labels from FedEx and UPS with immediate effect. Applicants are welcome to enclose only USPS self-addressed, pre-paid courier envelope for this office to facilitate return services.
  • Processing time for long visas exceeding 90 days may take up to 3 to 4 weeks.

Rev. Wednesday, 08-Nov-2017