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CAPE TOWN - Looking for a travel destination to enjoy or are you just simply wanting to study or work abroad? Getting a visa is one of the first steps on your journey. 

Here are the costs for when applying for a short-term visa in 2018:

Additionally, these prices do not include additional charges such as collection fees and other expenses

1. Schengen

When visiting parts of Europe, South African passport holders need a Schengen Visa.

The Schengen visa allows access to all the 22 European Union member states as well as four members of the European Free Trade Association including:

France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Austria, Hungary and Sweden.

A Schengen visa allows the holder to stay in the Schengen Territory for up to 90 days per six months.

Visa Cost
Short stay (Less than 90 days)  €60 (R885)
Long Stay (More than 90 days)  €99 (R1,460)
Children between the ages of 6 and below 12 years €35 (R369)

However, pricing changes according to age and location.

2. United Kingdom

Visa Cost (in rands)
6 months (visit) R1 601
2 years (visit) R6 026
5 years (visit) R10 950
10 years (visit) R13 739
Skilled Worker R1 670
Student worker R13 739

3. USA

Visa Cost (in rands)
Student visa R1 920
Tourist visa R1 920
Temporary work visa R2 280
Specialised work visa R2 460
Fiancé or Spouse of a U.S Citizen R2 460

4. UAE

Visa Cost in local currency
96-hour R650
Tourist – short term (30 days) R1 080
Tourist – long term (90 days) R2 615
Tourist – long term (multiple-entry) R5 720

5. New Zealand

Visa Cost (in rands)
Visitor visa (up to 9 months) R1 490
Student visa R2 450
Temporary work visa R2 275
Limited visa – seasonal work visa R2 450


Visa Cost (in rands)
Tourist visa (3 months) R1 290
Working holiday (6 months) R4 055
Student visa (varies) R5 160
Temporary work visa (short stay specialist) R2 580

In March this year the South Africa government said it will speed up visa processes as a way to lure major conferences. 

This is a new iniative to boost foreign arrivals by 40% by 2021, the tourism minister said.

The new measures are part of a goal to attract five million additional travellers – four million international tourists and one million extra local holiday trips and will help limit the "blip" a major drought is having on South Africa’s top tourist draw card, Cape Town, said minister Derek Hanekom.

"I am bullish because there is huge growth potential," Hanekom told Reuters in an interview.

"On the international front conditions are very much in our favour so it's going to be easier to achieve the four million part than the one million," he said.

Tourism, which contributes more than R400 billion to Africa’s most industrialised economy, or around 8 percent of GDP, is seen by government as key to help drive growth and reduce a stubbornly high unemployment rate.