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NamibiaTuesday, 12 April 2016

Namibia 

  • No visas are required for SA passport holders travelling as tourists
  • Educational/Fam trips count as Tourist visas
  • Travel workshops also count as Meetings/Conferences (IT IS NOT CALLED A BUSINESS VISA ANYMORE)
  • If your client travels for business they must state that they are going for "MEETINGS &/OR CONFERENCE" (Do not put the word"training" as they will take this as application for Opportunity in Business Visa which you also apply for if you want to open a business there, even if they fly in and out on the same day, you still have to apply for a Meetings Visa).
  • If it is a big corporate company that travels often, they are to take a letter from their company stating this, and then do not necessarily have to submit the 3 months bank statements as one of the requirements
  • They take each application and have a quick meeting to discuss, and they then decide how long the visa shall be granted for (1-3 months)
  • Ensure there are at least three blank pages in the passport
  • Citizens of the Republic of South Africa must be in possession of a passport which is valid for 3 months beyond intended departure date from Namibia
  • Passenger do not have to go in person, the application can be sent through a courier company or driver. They do, however, need to have the ORIGINAL passport in hand, as the visa gets put INTO the passport and is not just an extra piece of paper.
VIsas Direct Donated 100 litres of WaterTuesday, 15 March 2016

Visas Direct Donated 100 litres of water to the Jacaranda FM Water-drop project.

Help our Farmers - Save our food

http://www.jacarandafm.com/news-sport/news/watch-and-projectwaterdrop-convoy

Visas Direct on Carte BlancheTuesday, 15 March 2016

http://carteblanche.dstv.com/player/929564

 

We celebrate 3 years of providing visa servicesFriday, 31 July 2015

Octavia MpofuWednesday, 14 January 2015

Visas Direct giving Octavia Mpofu a laptop for Christmas to help her with grade 12 studies and tertiary education.

Happy 2015Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Welcome back to all our clients and friends after the holiday season and all the best for 2015!

Please note our Office Hours for 2015 Monday to Friday 8:30 to 17:00

Closed on weekends and all SA Public holidays

 A reminder of our services:

  • Visas Direct offer a collection, submission and delivery service to High Commissions, Consulates, Home Affairs, Foreign Affairs and SAPS.
  • All collections and submissions are personally done by our consultants.
  • Visas Direct assist with USA, UK, Schengen, Canada, Australia and all African Countries.
  • We offer a courier service to out-laying areas.
  • Appointments and collections for Schengen visas.
  • Visas Direct offer an emergency after hours contact number 072 814 7663.
  • Visas Direct offer their clients with application forms, visa requirement information and latest embassy news at www.visasdirect.co.za
  • We offer free advertising space on our website.
  • Where possible Visas Direct can assist with urgent and emergency visa and document processing.

Schengen Visa Services:

  • Collection and preparing of documents
  • Booking/Scheduling of appointments with the relevant authorities
  • Payment of visa and appointment fee
  • ‘Meet and Assist’ the traveller on the scheduled appointment day
  • Collection of the passport/visas
  • Delivery of passports to the traveller.

 USA and UK Visa Services

  • Capturing of the application online
  • Online /EFT visa payments
  • Scheduling of interview appointments
  • ‘Meet and Assist’ at the VFS/USA consultant
  • Collection of passports/visas at VFS/DHL offices
  • Delivery of passports to travellers

 Voted in the top 5 best visa companies in South-Africa for 2014 by Business Traveller Africa Magazine!

CONFUSION MOUNTS OVER IMPLEMENTATION OF HOME AFFAIRS’ NEW REQUIREMENTSTuesday, 09 December 2014

OUTBOUND travellers and the travel industry face another crisis as permanent foreign residents travelling to and from South Africa are being warned they should be prepared to produce their original resident authorisation documents, in addition to passports and IDs, when re-entering South Africa.

The change is part of Home Affairs’ new immigration policy, which was gazetted in May, and replaces foreign resident stamps in passports. But implementation has been poorly communicated, with the specifics of the new travel policy for foreign nationals still being debated.

Flags were raised when, last month, an emigration official at Cape Town International advised a permanent resident that the new requirement would be enforced from the start of the New Year. According to the Association of Southern African Travel Agents, it has been notified of sporadic requests at other immigration/emigration checkpoints in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg, but was not aware of a formal implementation date.

Home Affairs’ communications department said it would endeavour to clarify the matter but failed to provide a formal response.

However, a call to the department’s national hotline revealed that the requirement is in fact already being applied. A consultant also said that certified copies would not be recognised.

If the ruling is applied, it could affect thousands of residents, who no longer have their original authorization documents. Many were not even issued with the required documents or they were issued overseas and the process to get them or have them replaced would, at the least, involve lengthy delays.

United KingdomTuesday, 25 November 2014

UK Prime Minister David Cameron has unveiled plans to roll out its 24-hour visa service in a number of countries, including South Africa, by April 2015. He made this announcement at the G20 Summit in Australia last week.

The Super Priority Visa Service is currently already available in China and India and ensures a decision on a visa application within 24 hours.

The service fee costs a hefty £600 (R10 592) over and above normal visa fee charges. The 24-hour service does not in any way guarantee a visa application will be successful and applicants will still need to meet the strict requirements of the UK immigration rules.

The Minister explained the aim of the priority service is to remove lengthy bureaucratic hurdles, which could currently be putting off business travellers, investors and rich tourists, pushing them towards countries with a simpler service. 

The price and requirements have not been a deterrent for Chinese and Indian travellers. In India demand has averaged 50-60 applications per month and China has seen over 100 applications per month.

Other countries where the 24-hour service will be rolled out include Turkey, the UAE, Thailand and the Philippines. 

UK Eases Transit Visas for South AfricansThursday, 13 November 2014

As of December 1, South African nationals who hold a valid visa for Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the USA will be able to use them to transit airside via the UK to anywhere in the world without obtaining a Direct Airside Transit Visa.

Travellers who hold visas to these countries can transit the UK (airside) given that they provide an expanded list of exemption documents in place of a Direct Airside Transit Visa. 

The criteria are that the traveller: 

  • must arrive and depart by air from the same UK airport and on the same day to another country outside the Common Travel Area1 (i.e. a travel zone that comprises the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Republic of Ireland); 
  • is properly documented for your onward destination; 
  • holds a valid exemption document in accordance with one of the following:
  • a residence permit or visa that allows entry to Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the United States of America, regardless of their route and final destination
  • an EEA or Swiss category D visa or residence permit, regardless of their route and final destination 
  • an Irish biometric visa, regardless of their route and final destination.

In addition, the United Kingdom made changes recently to its transit visa policy, which is positive news for South Africans. The direct airside transit visa fee was reduced to £30 (R536:19) in October this year, and its routine validity was extended to two years.

Different rules apply to Landside Transit Visas where en-route restrictions do apply to the exemption document criteria. Landside Transit refers to passengers who arrive at one airport but are catching an onward flight from another UK airport or who have to pass through UK immigration to collect and re-check baggage before their onward journey, and therefore need to enter the UK. 

Rwanda VisasWednesday, 29 October 2014

As of 1 November 2014 South Africans need to apply for visas for Rwanda before departure.

Holiday Season VisasSaturday, 18 October 2014

Heading to the holiday season, embassies are busy. Please submit all applications as early as possible to avoid delays. Also try avoid submissions that is not within embassies turnaround time, certain embassies will only make exceptions for business travellers, leisure travellers will not get special treatment. Please see list below for estimate turnaround times for some embassies.

  •  USA: minimum 5 working days
  • Canada: minimum 10 working days
  • Australia Tourism: minimum 15 working days
  • Australia Business: minimum 5 working days
  • UK: minimum 15 working days
  • UK express: minimum 4 working days
  • Morocco: minimum 15 working days
  • India: minimum 7 working days
  • African countries: 5-7 working days
  • China: minimum 4 working days
  • Schengen with “ VIS “ visa: minimum 3 working days (excluding Scandinavia)
  • Schengen without “ VIS “ visa: Minimum 5 working days

We will update you with details of embassies and government departments that will be closed over the holiday period within the next 2 weeks.

Children Under 5 Years Old Visas Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Due to global changes in the way visa application are processed, children under 5 years old are now required to attend the Visa Application Centre to complete the application process. It is now mandatory for them to have their photo taken at the VAC. These changes do not affect applications that have already been submitted.

New SA Visa Rules for Children put on HoldTuesday, 16 September 2014

Cape Town - Minister of Home Affairs Malusi Gigaba has announced changes to the implementation of South Africa's new visa rules.

Speaking at a press briefing in Cape Town Gigaba announced the new requirement of an unabridged birth certificate for all children travelling to and within South Africa's borders has been postponed until June 1st 2015.

This refers to the requirements that children be in possession of an unabridged birth certificate and have written permission from both parents or guardians authorising the child's travel.

"We have granted the postponement of these two particular requirements -- the unabridged birth certificate and written permission, to June 1st 2015.

Nigeria Airport ProceduresTuesday, 16 September 2014

In view of the ongoing Nigerian Federal Government health screening at airports across the country, please be informed of the need to arrive at the airport early, at least 3 hours before departure, to avoid any form of delay.

Procedures at the airport:

·         Arrive at the Airport at least 3 hours before departure

·         Present yourself for the health screening at designated points before check in

·         Move to the Check-In counter for check-in

·         Proceed for boarding.

WIN WITH VISAS DIRECTTuesday, 16 September 2014

As you are aware we heading into to funny season with travel and visas. Soon it will be year end. 

So for a little bit of encouragement to get there, we will be giving away 2 Woolies voucher of R500.00 each a month to 2 lucky travel-bookers / consultants for most visas processed. 

 Remember visas are Fun and Easy as Visas Direct !

USA ApplicationsTuesday, 16 September 2014

The USA on-line system now requires us to up-load your photo when capturing the application, please ensure your photo is included in your application when we collect.

CONGRATULATIONS VISAS DIRECT TEAM !Monday, 15 September 2014

VOTED IN THE TOP 5 BEST VISA COMPANIES IN SOUTH AFRICA BY BUSINESS TRAVELLER AFRICA MAGAZINE.

Consular Section of the Embassy of Romania in Pretoria Temporarily ClosedMonday, 15 September 2014

As of 22 August 2014, the Consular Section of the Embassy of Romania in Pretoria will be temporarily closed. The applicants for consular services are advised to contact the Consulate General of Romania in Cape Town.

Congratulations Visas Direct!Friday, 29 August 2014

You are a finalist in the Business Traveller Africa Awards, in association with Gautrain and independently compiled by research house, TNS.

Temporary South African PassportsThursday, 21 August 2014

No more temporary passports will be issued from September 1, the home affairs department said today.

"[The] temporary passport was initially issued as an interim travel document due to longer turnaround times taken to issue a permanent tourist passport," it said in a statement.

"This turnaround time has improved drastically, rendering the issuance of temporary passports redundant."

The department said it became aware that South Africans travelling abroad and to neighbouring countries were refused entry if they had temporary passports.

"In this regard, only an emergency travel certificate (ETC) will be issued to an applicant under circumstances of emergency travel purposes... to countries that accept ETCs for purposes of assisting family members in distress or if a family member is deceased."

Saudi Arabia VisasThursday, 21 August 2014

As of Monday the 25th of August 2014, all South Africans applying for visas to Saudi Arabia have to appear at VFS Tasheel Processing Centres in Johannesburg and Cape Town for biometrics.

Visas Direct can apply for foreign passport holders, no biometrics are required.

Visas Direct will still assist with the scheduling of the appointments, payments and will meet and assist the client at the processing centre.

67 minutes with Visas DirectThursday, 24 July 2014

Dear Valued Client
 
As you are  aware we closed early last Friday to do our 67 Minutes and to give back to those in need. We went back to our charity, HOUSE FOR ABUSED GIRLS, in Hillbrow. We donated 40 loafs breads, fresh fruit and vegetables towards their kitchen. We again walked the streets and handed out more bread to the homeless and kids on the street.

Last year we told you the story of Nhlanhla ( 7 years old) who lost his mother and grandmother in a tragic car accident and his great-grandmother is now having to take care of him. This coming Saturday exactly a year after their loss, we will be donating a further R2000 in groceries to the Ramoshaba family. 

Department of Home Affairs South AfricaTuesday, 17 June 2014

Dear Valued Client

Please be advised about the following changes in regulations when travelling to/ from South-Africa.

The Department of Home Affairs has extended the “grace period” for travellers younger than 18 years to obtain their unabridged birth certificates.

Originally the Department said the new regulation would apply from July 1, but it has since taken the decision to extend the grace period to October 1.

"From October 1, the requirement for an unabridged birth certificate for children travelling with parents will come into effect for the safety of children, including their protection from child trafficking, abduction and kidnapping," the department said in a statement. 

The Department urged citizens and foreign nationals to apply for unabridged birth certificates for children. An unabridged birth certificate of the child reflecting the particulars of the parents is required in terms of the Immigration Regulation 6 (12)(a) for children travelling with parents. 

The Immigration Act, which was implemented on May 26, requires minors to present an unabridged birth certificate as well as a passport when leaving, transiting or arriving in South Africa. 

ALSO: IF THE MINOR IS TRAVELLING WITH ONLY ONE/OR NO PARENT A CONSENT FROM EITHER ONE/BOTH PARENTS MUST BE AVAILABLE FOR FOR IMMIGRATION FOR COUNTRY OF DEPARTURE AND COUNTRY OF TRANSIT AND OF DESTINATION. MOST PORTS WILL ACCEPT A CERTIFIED COPY  FROM COMMISSIONER OF OATHS. A NOTARISED LETTER IS BETTER! 

IF A PARENT IS DECEASED, A DEATH CERTIFICATE MUST BE PRODUCED.

IF PARENTS ARE DIVORCED, CUSTODY DOCUMENTS MUST BE PRODUCED.

PLEASE NOTE: IF YOU HAVE INTERNATIONAL TRAVELLERS/VISITORS ENTERING OR TRANSITING SOUTH AFRICA, THEY TOO MUST PRODUCE THE CERTIFICATE AND RELATIVE LETTERS ANS DOCUMENTS.

Please do mail us if you need more information.

Vietnam ApplicationsMonday, 07 April 2014

Vietnam now requires an on-line visa application. Visas Direct can capture and submit this on behalf of the traveller.

 under requirements : link for on-line visa application: 

http://visa.mofa.gov.vn/_layouts/registration/ApplicationForm.aspx

Our network now includes the Mother City!Thursday, 27 February 2014

Nigerian ConsulateMonday, 27 January 2014

The Nigerian Consulate in Pretoria is currently implementing an on-line system for visa processing (same as the JHB consulate). They system should be up and running in the next month. We will continue our service of capturing and doing on-line payments with visa submissions. We will update  you as soon as the new system goes live on submission and collection days.

Turkey Visa UpdateMonday, 20 January 2014

Dear Valued Client,

SA passport holders will still be able to obtain a visa-on-arrival for the foreseeable future, when travelling to Turkey.

Communication circulating in the industry, warning travel agents that visitors to Turkey would soon have to apply for a visa online or they may be refused entry to the country, is incorrect.

TNW confirmed with the Turkish embassy in Pretoria and other authorities that the rules have only changed for UK travellers, who will no longer be able to obtain a visa-on-arrival when travelling to Turkey from April. They must instead apply for an electronic visa (e-visa) online.

South African travellers have a choice – they can obtain an e-visa or a visa-on-arrival at the airport. The e-visa will cost the same as before and will be emailed to travellers for them to print out at home after providing their name, date and place of birth, email address and passport details. They will then be required to present the document to immigration on arrival.

To apply for an e-visa, travellers should log on to www.evisa.gov.tr, provide the requested information, and – after the application is approved – make online payment and download their e-visa. The whole process should take no longer than 10 minutes.

An e-visa is valid only for tourism or trade purposes. For other purposes, such as work or study, an application through the embassy or consulate must be submitted.

Kind regards,

 

The Visas Direct Team

Nchlancla RamoshabaThursday, 16 January 2014

Last year we lost a very close friend and ex-work colleague Martha Ramoshaba with her daughter Nini in a tragic car accident. Martha’s grandson is currently being looked after by his two aunts Nora and Mirriam and his great-grandmother. Nchlancla will be going to Grade 1 tomorrow and we all know what that costs. Martha was a very big person in life and we at Visas Direct want Nchlancla to follow in his grandmother’s footsteps. Visas Direct sponsored all his school stationary for the year and will contribute an additional R500.00 a month to his education for 2014. Nchlancla go out and make us proud !