South Africa Visa Requirements for Chinese Passport Holders

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Like many travelers wishing to visit South Africa, it is necessary for Chinese passport holders to gain authorization to enter the country. South Africa visa requirements for Chinese citizens vary and are based on the reason the traveler wishes to enter the country and how long they wish to stay for.

Whatever their reasons for visiting South Africa, Chinese travelers currently must apply for a visa from their nearest South African embassy or consulate, ahead of their planned trip.

However, the embassy visa application process can be time-consuming and costly. In response, the South African authorities are piloting a new South Africa eVisa application scheme. This digital visa will be available for short-term tourism and business trips.

While the pilot scheme is currently only available to passport holders of 2 countries, it is thought that China will soon be added to the list of countries whose citizens can apply for a visa for South Africa online.

What Is a South Africa eVisa for Chinese Citizens?

In order to ease the process of applying for a short-term South African visa, the country’s travel authorities launched a pilot scheme for a new South Africa eVisa in 2019.

A South Africa eVisa for Chinese passport holders can be used by travelers for single or multiple entries. The length of stay permitted is determined by the travel purpose and is confirmed once the eVisa has been successfully granted.

Through the South Africa eVisa scheme’s convenient online application system, travelers can gain authorization to enter South Africa for short trips for business or leisure. Applying online avoids the need to visit an embassy or consulate, saving both time and money.

Chinese travelers with an eVisa will be able to enter South Africa via Lanseria or Ortia airports. An approved eVisa can be confirmed by scanning the passport used for the application at border control upon arrival.

During the testing phase that is currently taking place, the eVisa is only available to Kenyan and Indian travelers. Upon successful completion of the pilot, however, it is anticipated that the scheme will be extended to include other nationalities, including Chinese citizens.

South Africa eVisa Benefits for Chinese Passport Holders

Being included on the list of countries eligible to apply for the South Africa eVisa will mean that Chinese applicants will be able to gain an online visa rapidly and conveniently.

Ahead of their tourism or business trip to South Africa, Chinese travelers will be able to use the online application portal to secure travel authorization, making short trips to South Africa much more convenient.

Thanks to the eVisa scheme, travelers from China will no longer have to apply for visas from a South African consulate or embassy. Instead, they will be able to apply via any internet-enabled device from their home or office.

How Can I Apply for The South Africa eVisa from China?

It will be simple and straightforward to apply for a South Africa e-Visa from China – travelers will just have to complete the online application form.

Before filling in the form, travelers will be expected to ensure they have a valid Chinese passport (with at least six month’s validity beyond the intended date of travel to South Africa), a valid email address, and a credit card, to pay the visa fee.

The form will ask applicants to input personal details and passport information, as well as to outline their plans to visit South Africa. They must also answer questions related to health and security matters and upload a few supporting documents, which include:

  • Proof of sufficient funds to cover expenses during the visit
  • Confirmation of a return or onward travel ticket
  • A yellow fever certificate (if they have passed through the yellow fever belt of Africa or South America on the way to South Africa).

All applicants will be expected to ensure the personal and travel information is entered correctly before submitting the form, to avoid any unnecessary delays in processing.

Once the eVisa is confirmed, the applicant will be informed of its validity as well as the date by which they must enter South Africa.

The visa is also then electronically linked with the applicant’s passport, which must be shown when they enter South Africa. If for whatever reason (such as renewal, loss, or damage) an applicant’s Chinese passport changes before they arrive in South Africa, they will need to apply for a new eVisa.

Moving to South Africa from China

South Africa visa policy states that those who are planning to move to South Africa from China, for the purposes of work or study, need to be granted a long-term residence permit. They will also need to apply for the relevant visa to be granted authorization to enter South Africa.

Chinese citizens who wish to live long-term in South Africa should contact their nearest South African embassy or consulate to discuss visa requirements.

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