South African Business Visa

A business visa may be issued by the Department of Home Affairs to a foreigner intending to establish or invest in a business in South Africa in which he or she may be employed, and to members of such foreigners’ immediate family providing that certain requirements have been met.

The Act calls for investment of R5,0 million in a business and you need to make sure you employ 60% South African citizens or permanent residents to get both a temporary and permanent business visa, you can get these visas with less capital investment – sometimes for as low as R600,000 investment using our expert team at SA Migration.

Many businesses do not require a capital investment as large as R5 million and in certain cases, you are allowed to reduce this amount and commit to a smaller investment if your business falls within the certain industries. The following businesses to be in the national interest, and therefore qualifying for reduction or waiver of the capitalisation requirements as determined to be in the national interest in relation to a Business Visa: Many of these business owners do not have the required investment amounts. If this is the case and the business falls in line with one of the following industries, a capital waiver can be requested. This would mean a reduction in the required investment amount.

The industries are:

(a) Agro-processing

  • Fisheries and aquaculture i.e. freshwater aquaculture and marine culture
  • Food processing in the milling and baking industries
  • Beverages viz. fruit juices and the local beneficiation, packaging and export of indigenous teas
  • High value natural fibres viz., organic cotton and downstream mohair production
  • High value organic food for the local and export market
  • Biofuels production viz. bioethanol and biogas
  • oils: tea extracts, including buchu, honeybush: and other oil derivatives (avocado, amarula etc.)
  • Diversification / beneficiation of biomass sources i.e. sugar, maize

(b) Business Process Outsourcing and IT Enabled Services

  • Call centers
  • Back Office Processing
  • Shared Corporate Services
  • Enterprise solutions e.g. fleet management and asset management
  • Legal process outsourcing

(c) Capital / Transport equipment, metals and electrical machinery and apparatus

  • Basic iron and steel
  • Basic precious and non-ferrous metals
  • Casting of metals
  • Other fabricated metal products: metalwork service activities
  • General purpose machinery
  • Tooling manufacturing
  • Foundries
  • White goods and associated components
  • Electric motors, generators and transformers
  • Electricity distribution and control apparatus
  • Insulated wire and cable
  • Accumulators, primary cells and primary batteries

(d) Electro Technical

  • Advanced telecommunications
  • Software development
  • Software and mobile applications
  • Smart metering
  • Embedded software
  • Radio frequency identifications
  • Digital TV and Set Top Boxes due to migration to full digital television
  • Process control, measurement and instrumentation
  • Security and monitoring solutions
  • Financial software
  • Manufacturing sensors

(e) Textile, Clothing and Leather

  • Spinning, weaving and finishing of textiles
  • Knitted and crocheted fabrics and articles
  • Wearing apparel except fur apparel
  • Dressing and dying of fur
  • Leather skins and hides beneficiation

(f) Consumer goods

  • White goods and associated components

(g) Boatbuilding

  • Boatbuilding and associated services industry
  • Engines and engine systems
  • Marine equipment and accessories

(h) Pulp, paper and Furniture

  • Manufacture of paper products: publishing, printing and reproduction
  • Manufacture of articles of straw and plaiting materials
  • Paper and paper products and furniture
  • Manufacture of wood and products of wood and cork

(i) Automotives and Components

  • engines, radiators, filters and components thereof
  • air conditioners / climate control systems
  • alarms and Tracking devices
  • axles, transmission shafts
  • body parts and panels
  • catalytic converters, silencers and exhaust systems and components
  • wiring harnesses, instrument panels vehicle interiors, electronic drive train components,
  • lighting equipment
  • seats and parts thereof, seatbelts, leather covers
  • suspension and shock absorbers, springs and parts thereof
  • steering wheels, columns and boxes
  • ignition, starting equipment, gauges and instrument parts

(J) Green Economy Industries

(jj) Power generation:

  • Nuclear Build Programmer i.e. joint ventures, consortiums and the establishment of new companies to grow South Africa’s nuclear manufacturing capability and nuclear supply industry to supply into the nuclear build programme
  • Independent power generation, energy infrastructure and alternative energy

(jjj) Renewable Energy:

  • Onshore wind power – manufacture of turbines/blades
  • Solar PV and Concentrated Solar Power manufacture/assembly
  • Biomass
  • Small hydro
  • Lowering greenhouse gas emissions from landfill sites
  • Energy efficiency and energy saving industries
  • Solar water heaters
  • Waste Management and Recycling
  • Reducing landfill

(k) Advanced Manufacturing

  • Nano-materials
  • High performance materials based on natural resources (advanced bio-composites
  • Advanced materials, polymers and composites
  • Medical devices, diagnostics and composites
  • Space e.g. satellite manufacturers etc. and astronomy e.g. SKA, telescopes, dishes etc.
  • Composites (intelligent textiles used in medical, building and construction industries)
  • Continuous fibre reinforced thermoform composites
  • Biochemical and biologics for applications in agriculture, industry and health/medical sectors
  • Electricity demand Site Management Solutions to improve electricity efficiency usage
  • Lasers and laser-based additive manufacturing various applications
  • Advanced Robotics Mobile Intelligent Autonomous Systems
  • Applications in the mining industry, data collection and analysis
  • Bio – manufacturing – Biochemical and biologics for applications in agriculture, industry and health/medical.
  • Fuel cells and Technology

(l) Tourism infrastructure

  • Accommodation – hotels, boutique hotels, lodges and resorts
  • urban integrated tourism/ entertainment precincts
  • adventure, – eco-, sport-, conference- and cultural tourism
  • infrastructure developments
  • leisure complexes and world class golf courses
  • harbour and waterfront developments
  • trans frontier conservations areas
  • Tourism transport – aviation, rail, cruise liners etc.
  • green building and green technologies for tourism
  • attractions and activity – based tourism.
  • museums and heritage

(m) Chemicals, plastic fabrication and pharmaceuticals

  • basic chemicals
  • water treatment chemical products
  • man-made fibres
  • plastic products: polypropylene and polyvinculchloride
  • medical (drips and syringes), manufacture of active pharmaceutical ingredient
  • (APIs) for key anti-retrovirals (ARVs)
  • Manufacture of reagents for AIDS/HIV diagnostics
  • Production of vaccines and biological medicines

(n) Creative and Design Industry

  • Film studios, treaty film co-production ventures, distribution infrastructure
  • Servicing of foreign productions
  • Production of film and documentaries, commercials, stills photography and
  • Multi-media
  • Post-production
  • Design
  • Jewellery manufacturing and design
  • Fashion design

(o) Oil and Gas

  • Maintenance ship and rig repair
  • Fabrication – equipment and specialised components
  • Specialised services – training and accreditation
  • Specialised services – non-descriptive testing, inspection services, SHEQ services
  • Exploration – technical services: seismic surveys, logging, environmental impact assessments, etc.
  • Exploration – offshore
  • Exploration – onshore shale gas
  • Exploration – onshore coal bed methane and underground coal gasification
  • Infrastructure – refineries (Oil and GTL)
  • Infrastructure – terminals LPG/LNG import, storage and distribution
  • Infrastructure – ports and associated infrastructure
  • Infrastructure – storage
  • Logistics – pipeline

(p) Mineral beneficiation

  • Downstream processing and value addition

(q) Infrastructure Development

(r) ICT

  • Geoamatics and Digital media
  • Wireless and Telecom
  • Electronics
  • IT
  • Software Development
  • Advanced programming

List of undesirable Business in South Africa;

  • Businesses that import second hand motor vehicles into the Republic of South Africa for the purpose of exporting to other markets outside the Republic of South Africa
  • The exotic entertainment industry
  • Security Industry

Our team of professionals at SA Migration International will assist you and help you to obtain your business visa for you.

South Africa is going through a very exciting stage at the moment and there is lots of opportunity to be involved in this emerging economy and the government welcomes anyone wishing to invest and create employment. Especially for small business owners, the markets are extremely lucrative and the government welcomes anyone who wants to invest.

A return for international travel? Govt set for ‘talks’ to reopen SA’s borders

The Western Cape Government has revealed it’ll soon lodge a submission with their national counterparts, as they bid to put international travel – to and from South Africa – back on the radar for Level 2. With an eye on our borders, DA representatives are set for ‘engagements’ with the ruling party at some point next week.

“We Are Open”, Western Cape tells tourists

David Maynier is the Minister of Finance and Economic Opportunities for the Western Cape. Alongside Premier Alan Winde, he is helping to launch the “We Are Open” campaign. The movement will officially roll out next week, in a bid to help the south-west return to something that resembles normal life…

  • The Western Cape Government wants domestic residents to explore the tourism options within their province.
  • They’re asking people to visit the great regions of the Western Cape – such as the Cape West Coast, Cape Overberg, Cape Town, Cape Winelands, Garden Route, and the Karoo – to support the tourism industry.
  • The WC will spread their message via a mix of social content, digital display advertising, and local influencers.
  • The campaign also includes the “Kids Stay Free” initiative, allowing families great discounts on travel options during Level 2.

International travel ‘could be on the table’ for Level 2

The domestic focus is strong, but Maynier isn’t stopping there. During a webinar on Thursday, the provincial minister revealed that his department will file a submission with the ANC next week, stating their case for bringing international travel back during Level 2. As it stands, South Africa’s borders are on a total shutdown, barring a few exceptions – and the Western Cape confirmed talks are planned to ease the restrictions:

“We are in the process of compiling a submission, which we will lodge next week, and we will then be engaging with the national government to open borders to provide for international travel.”

“We do not have any certainty about a proposed (opening) date at this stage, but will be engaging with national government on this issue. We all have a role to play in rebuilding our economy in the Western Cape.”

“We know times are tough, but if you can, please go out and support our businesses in the Western Cape, particularly those in the tourism and hospitality sector. Not only do we want to see the survival of business who have suffered but we want to find out how we can do things better in the Western Cape”

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IMPORTANT Advice from High Commissioner for South Africans in the UK with Passports Expiring

South African citizens in the UK, with passports that are expiring, have inundated SAPeople with desperate messages after saying they have been unable to get hold of anybody at the SA Embassy in London for months. Phones have gone unanswered. Offices have been closed.

 

And since around 12 August, the website no longer exists. We therefore contacted South Africa’s *High Commissioner to the UK, Nomatemba Tambo* to get some vital answers for South Africans in the UK…

 

*1. What can South Africans in the UK do who urgently need their passports renewed?*

 

An appointment is required to lodge passports applications. /(Please see the exact procedure, as provided by the High Commissioner, below.)

 

 

*2. Is there any plan to at least stamp their current passports with an extension, exactly like is being done in SA for foreign nationals’ visas?*

 

There is no directive in this regard.

 

*3. When will the website be back up?*

 

When the problems have been resolved.

 

*4. When will the office be working again?*

 

The office is open, clients are attended to by appointment. Postal applications are also accepted.

 

*5. Why has it taken so long? Are there problems? Are things changing?*

 

The office needs to be Covid 19 secure for officials and applicants.

 

*6. Who can these desperate South Africans get in touch with which email address, which phone number?*

 

For Civic Services: London.Civic@dirco.gov.za

<mailto:London.Civic@dirco.gov.za>

For Immigration: London.Visa@dirco.gov.za <mailto:London.Visa@dirco.gov.za>

Switchboard number *15h00-17h00*: 0207 925 8900

 

 

*Services at 15 Whitehall (Home Affairs) – Procedure you should Follow*

 

*Services at 15 Whitehall (Home Affairs) are now rendered strictly by appointment. *

 

Please follow the steps below:

 

*Step No 1:* Request application forms by sending an A4 Self-addressed pre-paid (1st class Large stamp) envelope (per applicant) with a note requesting forms. The note must state:

 

* Type of service required (e.g. Adult passport or ID or Birth

Registration)

* Date of birth

 

Forms and guidelines will be posted to you within 5 working days of receiving the request.

 

NB: Royal Mail: If the postage stamp on the envelope is insufficient or the envelope is the wrong size, the forms will NOT be mailed to you.

 

*Step No 2:* Complete all forms received and prepare your supporting documents per guidelines received.

 

*Step No 3:* *Send your request for an appointment at:

Civic.appointments@dirco.gov.za

<mailto:Civic.appointments@dirco.gov.za>, quoting your form’s reference number. For forms received without reference please provide DHA 9 or DHA

24 unique bar code number. The request must include Full names and ID number of the applicant as well as the type of Service required. *

 

Please do not request an appointment if you are NOT ready to lodge / submit your application.

 

Confirmation for your appointment will be communicated to you within 2 working days from date of receipt of your requests.

 

*POSTAL APPLICATIONS*

 

Please follow Step No 1 & 2 and post the application.

 

*PASSPORT COLLECTION*

 

Passport collections are strictly from 1400 to 1500 hours Monday to Friday, except on Public holidays. No other services will be rendered during the time allocated for passport collections.

 

No application forms will be handed out.

 

In order to minimise the number of people visiting our office, and to keep everyone safe, we encourage postal applications where possible.

 

*Address*

 

South African High Commision

 

15 Whitehall

 

London

 

SW1A 2DD

 

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Home Affairs Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi welcomes the arrest of senior government officials for contravening immigration laws

The Minister of Home Affairs Dr Aaron Motsoaledi welcomed the arrest of Mpumalanga Department of Human Settlement Head of Department Mr Keboni Masange by immigration officials on Tuesday, 1 September 2020, in Pretoria.

Immigration officials also arrested Mr Zivanai Katikiti, a manager for financial control and reporting, at the Rand West City municipality in Gauteng on Thursday, 3 September 2020.

Mr Masange contravened the law by acquiring three ID documents through misrepresentations. And, Mr Katikiti contravened immigration laws in several respects.

Mr Masange appeared in court on Thursday, September 3, 2020 and was released on a warning. The Department will be filing its papers to oppose his release by the court and the matter is scheduled to be heard on 2 November 2020. The DHA will place all the relevant facts before the court and is confident of the prospects of success.

An in-depth investigation by the DHA revealed that Mr Masange first entered South Africa on 19 October 1995 using a Zimbabwean passport. He used this passport until 1998.

In June 1996, a few months after entering SA, he applied for an identity document through misrepresenting certain material facts.

In November 1996 he submitted an application for the SADC exemption and his application was approved. He was issued with a certificate in May 1997. This approval was irregular because Mr Masange did not meet the qualifying criteria for the exemption.

A few days before being issued with the certificate of exemption, Mr. Masange applied for a second South African identity document. Again, he misrepresented certain material facts.

After receiving the exemption certificate, Mr Masange again applied for the third and currentidentity current document as an exempted foreigner from Zimbabwe.

The DHA has revoked all enabling documents issued to him and as such he is a prohibited person in terms of the immigration laws.

Minister Motsoaledi has launched an immediate investigation into the granting of exemption to Mr Masange and the issuing of the multiple IDs. Any official of the DHA involved in wrongdoing related to this matter will be brought to book.

The Department of Home Affairs’ records show that Mr Katikiti entered South Africa in May 2015. There is no record of Mr Katikiti having applied for work or residence permit in our database.

Mr Katikiti is a prohibited person found in possession of a fraudulent permit and other documents. He was arrested on Thursday and detained in Tshwane. He is scheduled to appear in court today for purposes of deportation.

The Minister has launched an investigation into the origins of the documents. The investigation will also cover Mr Katikiti’s employment with the Rand West City Municipality.

Mr Katikiti was investigated after the Department of Home Affairs received a media query from The Sowetan newspaper.

“We are grateful for the information we receive from members of the public and the media. This enhances the work we are doing to root out maladministration and corruption within the DHA. A partnership between the State and citizens is one of the most efficient tools we have to fight corruption and wrong-doing,” said Minister Motsoaledi.

Minister Motsoaledi said the internal investigation needed to be completed urgently to ensure that rogue elements with the Department of Home Affairs are dealt with and made to account.

Minister Motsoaledi applauds law enforcement officials for arresting one former employee and two Home Affairs official for fraud and corruption.

 

The Minister of Home Affairs, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, applauded law enforcement officials who interrupted the alleged illegal activities of three Home Affairs officials and their external partners who were involved in issuing fraudulent identity documents. These officials were arrested in two separate operations in Emalahleni and in Pretoria.

In one operation, Mr Edwell Muntu Monareng, a mobile operator from the Emalahleni Home Affairs Office in Mpumalanga, was arrested by the HAWKS yesterday and appeared in court today for corruption. He was arrested in a sting operation involving the HAWKS, SAPS Crime Intelligence and the Department of Home Affairs Counter Corruption. He was arrested for paying a bribe of R13 000 to a Home Affairs Counter Corruption officer who was investigating him for birth certificate fraud. The bribe was to make the fraud charge disappear. The Counter Corruption officers reported the attempted bribe and a sting operation was arranged to arrest Mr Monareng when he paid the bribe.

Mr Monareng was being investigated by a Home Affairs Counter Corruption official for fraudulently registering a Pakistani national and issuing him with a birth certificate. Mr Monareng became a focus of the investigation after a member of the South African Police Service based at the King Shaka International Airport questioned a Pakistani national who was preparing to travel on a South African passport. The Pakistani national looked older than the age recorded in the fraudulent passport. Upon further investigation, they found his Pakistani passport with a different date of birth and surname. The Pakistani national was arrested and charged with possession of a fraudulent SA passport and for contravention of the Immigration Act. The police also referred the matter to Home Affairs Counter Corruption.

Using technology-enabled security features built into the system, an internal Home Affairs investigation established that Mr Monareng had registered the Pakistani’s birth and issued a birth certificate. This birth certificate was later used to apply for the passport at the Empangeni Home Affairs office in KwaZulu-Natal.

The investigation into the activities of Mr Monareng also flagged another 131 transactions which are suspected to be fraudulent which were completed by Mr Monareng between April 2018 and January 2019.

The Department is continuing with the investigation into the 131 suspected cases and will be initiating a disciplinary process against Mr Monareng.

Mr Monareng appeared in court today and was released on a R3 000 bail. He is scheduled to reappear in court on 09 October 2020.

In a separate operation, law enforcement arrested Mr Chinas Mohlolo, a former Home Affairs Supervisor who left the Department in 30 September 2019, Mr Percy Mabena, an Administrative Officer at the Home Affairs office in Pretoria and two Zimbabwean nationals Thubelihle Nyathi and Khumbulani Moyo.

The Home Affairs Counter Corruption unit initiated an investigation after an official reported to them that Mr Mohlolo had demanded the login details of the junior official. He proceeded to change the records of Mr Moyo to Mr Callos Mazibuko with a South African ID. After Mr Moyo was arrested, he identified Mr Nyathi, who is not a Home Affairs official, as the person who introduced him to Mr Mabena. It is alleged that the Mr Mabena liaised with Mr Mohlolo to have the records of Mr Moyo fraudulently altered.

The Department is investigating transactions linked to both Messrs Mabena and Mohlolo. In addition, disciplinary processes are being initiated against Mr Mabena.

All four accused appeared at Pretoria Commercial Crimes Court on fraud and corruption charges. They will face additional charges of contravening the Immigration Act, Identity Act and the Birth, Death Registration Act.

Mr Mabena and Mr Mohlolo were granted bail for the amount of R2 000. Mr Nyathi and Mr Moyo were not granted bail and they remain in custody.

They are scheduled to appear at the same court on 07 September 2020.

“I am encouraged that there are officials at Home Affairs and in the police who reported and acted swiftly to root out corruption. We will continue to monitor all reported cases to ensure that perpetrators and beneficiaries of fraudulent activities are brought to justice and sent to jail where they belong,” said Minister Motsoaledi.

“We are clearly benefitting from introducing technology based security features in our processes. It is only when people report suspected wrongdoing that we will turn the tide against maladministration, fraud and corruption. I continue to support the efforts of law enforcement agencies in ensuring that all forms of maladministration are rooted out of the Department of Home Affairs,” said Minister Motsoaledi.

Minister Motsoaledi encouraged South Africans to ensure that their children are registered within 30 days of birth.

The Minister encouraged anyone who may have information about corrupt or any other criminal activities to contact the SA Police Service or the Anti-Corruption Unit of the Department.0000726611_resized_aaronmotsoaledi2govt1022

New bid to reopen international travel in South Africa

The Western Cape’s provincial minister of Finance and Economic Opportunities David Maynier says that the province will table a formal request with national government on the reopening of international travel.

In a webinar on Thursday (28 August), Maynier said that the province was currently focused on the reopening of domestic travel, but would table a submission to government around the opening of borders next week.

Maynier said that the resumption of international travel was imperative to the province’s economy as a large proportion of tourists are foreigners. International tourists, typically stay longer and spend more, he said.

“We are in the process of compiling a submission, which we will lodge next week. We will then be engaging with the national government to open borders to provide for international travel.

“We do not have any certainty about a proposed (opening) date at this stage, but will be engaging with national government on this issue.”

All long-distance intra-provincial and inter-provincial travel by private vehicles and public transport services is permitted under South Africa’s level 2 restrictions which were introduced on 18 August.

Government has also reopened a number of airports and South Africans are now allowed to travel to accommodation venues for tourism purposes.

In a research note this week, the Bureau of Economic Research (BER) at the University of Stellenbosch said that an announcement on international travel – so that foreigners can start planning and booking trips to South Africa – will go a long way in aiding South Africa’s economic recovery.

The BER said that the opening of borders was vital for the local economy, highlighting tourism data published by Statistics South Africa last week which showed that industry came to a near standstill amid the Covid-19 induced lockdown measures.

However, given that the recent resurgence of Covid-19 cases in Europe is largely blamed on international travel and social gatherings for leisure purposes, the group said this may still be some months away, it said.

The Department of Tourism published a draft recovery plan at the beginning of August, outlining the country’s response to the coronavirus pandemic and how the tourism industry is likely to be impacted over the coming year.

The document provides a detailed breakdown of international and local projections for when tourism will likely open up, using modelling that takes into account various infection patterns and recovery scenarios.

The policy document notes that the reopening of international tourism and the country borders will not only be dependent on South Africa’s coronavirus response, but also 44 primary source markets which drive international tourism to the country.

Using this data, the department forecasts a global tourism re-opening in a wide window: between August 2020 and early 2021.

“This scenario assumes that the general observed recovery trajectory persists and that progress towards enhanced treatments for Covid-19 by the end of 2020 continue, with an accessible vaccine coming to market by the end of 2021,” the department said.

“Since indications of international border re-openings remain speculative at the time of writing, these dates represent the earliest likely date at which international travel will resume.”

The below model shows the estimated travel periods for South Africa’s primary ‘source countries’  for tourism.

  • The model is set between August 2020 and May 2021;
  • For domestic travel (travel within the respective country), the opening window is set between August 2020 and mid-February 2021;
  • For international travel (to and from the respective country), the opening window is set between November 2020 and May 2021.

While the above model provides a positive picture globally, the risk of localised or global reinfection waves continue to threaten the global economic recovery and the strength and consistency of projected recoveries therefore come with low levels of certainty.

For this reason, the department provided two further global scenarios:

  • A more fragile recovery that contains isolated setbacks and takes longer, but still reflects an extension of the current global trajectory;
  • A prolonged pandemic where the search for a vaccine proves elusive, herd immunity does not successfully contain transmission and multiple re-infection waves result.

Under the first of these scenarios, the time frame for early Asian/Australasian re-opening moves from July/August 2020 to November 2020, while core markets (the UK, Germany and the US) can only be expected to return after April 2021.

The second scenario paints an even bleaker picture, with international outbound travel from Asia picking up between May and July 2021 and travel from core markets only returning from November 2021.

Foreigners wishing to return to South Africa but stuck abroad: The Ins and Outs

Foreigners wishing to return to South Africa but stuck abroad are on the rise with many foreigners anxiously waiting to return to South Africa to join their spouse , life partner or children in South Africa . These are generally people who either went home to get documents or were just caught outside SA during Lockdown and they are not deemed to be a repatriation flight  as in a South African or permanent resident travelling from their current location outside of South Africa and wishing to return home .

 

Who is responsible for organising the return to South Africa flights/ ? Or the overland drive returns 

 

These  flights are most often piggy backed off normal repatriation flights initiated by the home countries. To gauge the demand, embassies in the respective countries ask their citizens, as well as residents, to complete an online form if they’re interested in travelling back home. Government and embassy officials at home and abroad then work closely with the airlines and local authorities to gain the necessary approvals for a repatriation flight or authority to drive into SA

 

 

How does the process unfold?

The process can differ depending on the countries involved and the reason for why there is a demand for a service in the first place. It’s also important to mention that repatriation flights or drive into SA  are different from evacuation flights. For many repatriation flights during COVID-19, this is how the process has unfolded:

  1. Permission is sought from SA government to travel to SA based on family reunion or emergency medical treatment .
  2. Once approved separate permission is obtained from the department of health for quarantine compliance which can also be done at home subject to strict protocols .
  3. The local SA embassy is instructed to issue to travel tourist visa to entire SA seeks approval from the departing country for landing permits and ensures that any other requirements are met.

 

Is there a lot of paperwork to fill out?

Additional paperwork is often required. In the case of our current COVID-19 situation, the embassies typically help out with documents . This makes it easier to clear police checkpoints and get to the airport.

At the check-in counter, you might need to show evidence of citizenship, residence permit, hotel reservations or proof of onward journey to your end destination. The documents needed depend on the immigration requirements of the arrival country. For example, if you book a flight from London via Germany but your end destination is SA  , it’s important to confirm what immigration rules apply in the UK and Germany during COVID-19 to ensure that you will be allowed to board your flight from London.

 

How soon can you travel after submitting an application?

There are many factors at play. This takes around 1 month . Additionally, these flights require permissions from the country of departure. All of this can take some time.

 

How much does these flights cost?

The price of the ticket varies greatly but I’ve heard that a common benchmark is around the normal price of Premium Economy. It’s important to note that the price the airline sets needs to be commercially viable which depends on a range of factors. These planes often fly without paying passengers one leg of the trip and during COVID-19 middle seats are often left empty. In addition, the cost of the crew may be higher than normal due to the increased risk.

 

Does travel insurance cover repatriation?

There is no standard answer as this depends completely on the insurance policy you have taken out. Given the global scale of this situation, many insurance companies may try to reduce their risk exposure.

 

Which type of aircraft or airlines offer repatriation services?

It’s important to remember that repatriation flights are paid for by the passengers and they need to be commercially viable for the airlines. The number of passengers, distance travelled, and other factors mentioned above determine which airlines can offer their services and which of their aircraft would be most suitable. Carriers ranging from the global giants to lesser-known charter airlines have carried out repatriation flights from and to South Africa.

 

Important information for passengers travelling  home to SA

Before boarding a flight, all passengers are subjected to pre-flight screening and if they present COVID-19 symptoms, they will not be allowed to board.

Upon landing back in South Africa, passengers are subjected to onboard screening before they can disembark the plane, and are escorted to a quarantine facility where they will remain for 14 days.

 

What is the enabling legislation ?
AMENDMENT OF DIRECTIONS ISSUED IN TERMS OF REGULATION 10(8) OF THE

REGULATIONS MADE UNDER SECTION 27(2 – dated 3 July 2020

This is for all foreigners , foreigners who are spouses of South Africans or retired persons , on foreign passports etc wishing to return to SA

 

“23. APPLICATIONS FOR ENTRY INTO SOUTH AFRICA

23.1 A person who falls outside of the categories allowed to enter the Republic in terms of

these Directions, read with regulation 41 of the Regulations may, in writing, apply to the Minister

of Home Affairs and demonstrate exceptional circumstances for his or her request to enter the

Republic during the period of the national state of disaster.

23.2 An application referred to in paragraph 23.1 must be supported by-

(a) a copy of passport; and

(b) a copy of a temporary residence visa, excluding a visa referred to in paragraphs 5 and 6

of the Directions.

23.3 A person who is allowed entry into the Republic will be subjected to the prescribed

screening procedures and isolation or quarantine rules, as the case may be. “.

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