Applying for a South African Crew Visa

On October 3, 2019 / by Sherone Lewis / Leave a comment

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A South African crew visa may be issued to a member of a conveyance. The crew visa is primarily used for maritime visitors who dock at South African ports for a short stay period. This includes cruise ship passengers, fishing and export trading and recreational sailing passengers who wish to enter the country. Applications can be made at any port of entry to South Africa.

A South African crew visa may be issued for a maximum of three months at a time with the option to renew. To qualify for your crew visa, you will need to supply proof of request from the owner, which shall include an undertaking of responsibility and proof of settlement of any outstanding fine incurred by the conveyor.

A foreign member of a private or chartered conveyance which is temporarily at a port of entry must submit proof of sufficient financial means, cash deposit in respect of repatriation, and proof of settlement of any outstanding fine incurred by the conveyor.

A South African crew visa is meant for a temporary stay and may only be issued for three months at a time. Applications for a crew visa normally have a six-week waiting period. Once a person arrives at a port of entry in South Africa, the visa is then regarded as a visitor’s permit. If the need arises to have your visa extended, you will need to contact any office of the Department of Home Affairs and apply for the extension of the visitor’s permit. You will need to complete the temporary residency and pay additional fees as prescribed.

If you’re looking to get a visa or permit in South Africa, it’s always better to get the help of an Immigration Consultant. Make sure you get in touch with one of our qualified Immigration Consultants today!

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