South Africa for 5 months
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Dec 9, 2012 3:43 AM Last Post By: braaiseason
Dec 6, 2012 2:02 PM
South Africa for 5 monthsMy wife and I will be in SA for 5 months starting January. I am a US citizen. It looks like I get only 90 days entry visa and extending it is pain in the butt. If we leave SA for 1 week towards the end of our 90-day stay (such as visiting a border country, which we planned to do it anyways), would I be able to get a new/fresh 90 days upon arrival back to SA?
Dec 7, 2012 12:37 AM
Dec 7, 2012 1:39 AM
Sounds like you guys have an amazing trip planned! 5 months is a wonderful amount of time to see the country. What do you plan to do while you are here?
Yes - I live in the Kruger area, and a lot of the people here are volunteers/long stay tourists. They usually leave the country to visit nearby Mozambique 2-3 days before their visa expires, and return about 2-3 days after it has expired. But please note that I am not advising this, as I have not done this myself - It is just what the people around here do.
Otherwise - Are you are here for a particular reason? Or just visiting/touring? As there are different types of visas you may be able to get, or have enough time to properly apply for an extended tourist visa.
All the best,
Dec 7, 2012 2:43 AM
3My understanding is that if you leave and re-enter before your visa expires (eg 80 days like #1's friends) then they don't give you a new 90 day visa- you just get stamped in on the old one.
You have to time it so you leave before the visa expires and re-enter after it has expired. I know people who have done it.
I have extended a visa at the Home Affairs office in Durban (in 2010). It wasn't that hard but it did cost 400 Rand. I only needed a few extra days (dumb planning on my part) and doing a visa run didn't fit with my plans and would have ended up costing more than the fee.
Dec 7, 2012 12:44 PM
Dec 9, 2012 3:43 AM
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