Cost Of South African Visa In Nigeria Currently (2023)

This article is about the current cost of South African visa in Nigeria this 2023. South Africa is a great place where Nigerians love to travel to for vacation, tourism, business or education. To that effect, we have provided information about the cost of South African visa in Nigeria currently. If you want to know more about the visa fee for South Africa in the country, this article answers that and gives you more information on the requirements for travelling to one of the best economies on the continent.

Cost of South African Visa in Nigeria Currently

Before travelling to South Africa, you need to have the right visa processing information so that you will not be left stranded when applying for your South African visa in Nigeria. Also, if you are a Nigerian passport holder and you want to emigrate to South Africa, you will require a visitor’s visa to do just that and making sure to apply early will eliminate a lot of stress in the visa application process. Before you travel, make sure that you apply for your visa at least one month from your travel date so that there will be enough time to process your visa.

Individuals who have South African passports do not need to apply for South African visa. Other people who may not apply for South African visa include the following:

  • Visitors who have passports from the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (including the British Islands Bailiwick of Guernsey and Jersey, Isle of Mann and Virgin Islands, the Republic of Ireland as well as British Overseas Territories) are totally exempt from South African visa control and do not need visas for any purpose.
  • Visitors from some other countries are also exempt from the South Africa visa requirements under certain conditions.


The following is the current cost of South African visa in Nigeria this 2023:

Visa Category | Visa Fee in Naira (+VAT)|  Service Fee in Naira (+VAT)

  • Short Term: Holiday Visa | ₦8,600 |₦25,470
  • Long Term: Business Visa |₦30,600 | ₦25,470

Apart from the visa fees above, if you request for passport courier service, you will hae to pay an additional ₦4,500 per passport. You should also take note that the visa fee is subject to change without any prior notice as it is based on the current exchange rate. You can pay your visa fee at the bank or at VFS Global, particularly at their pay cash at Bank Implant. You will be required to provide a copy of the first page of your international passport at the bank.

These are the visa application requirements for getting a visa to South Africa from Nigeria:

  • A valid passport (valid till at least 30 days after the intended stay)
  • Those travelling on official business trips are required to attach a letter of invitation/confirmation of training/conference, etc., from the relevant South African company stating the full details of the company’s authorised representative, physical address and phone numbers of which a landline contact which is compulsory must be added
  • Application Form (BI84), to be fully completed in black ink only
  • Birth certificate for minors, that is, children below the age of 18 travelling with parents
  • Consent letter with copies of parents’ ID Card/passport data page may also be needed for children not travelling with their parents
  • Booking Verifiable Flight.
  • Copy of international vaccination card (yellow fever card), filled by a qualified medical practitioner
  • Copy of passport data page together with copies of existing visa and previously issued visas
  • Introduction/Recommendation letter from an employer, where applicable, signed with contact details
  • Marriage certificate where applicable and if the couple will be staying for more than 90 days
  • Non-refundable visa fee of ₦8,600, excluding service charge
  • Proof of financial status (capturing six months recent bank statements) or financial support letter from employer with six months bank statements if the employer is the sponsor of the trip
  • Self-introduction letter with a physical address and phone number
  • Two identical passport size (45mm x 45mm) photographs on white background capturing your complete face with your two ears and facial features
  • Verifiable hotel reservation/bookings. This must be done directly with the hotels and not through third parties.


There are different types of South African visas and knowing the right one to apply for is very important so you do not make mistakes. We shall look at them under the subsequent headings.


This visa as the name implies is for the sole purpose of visiting one’s family members in South Africa or for short term stay in South Africa and it is valid for up to 90 days, which is 3 months.


This type of South African visa is for those who intend to stay long stay, particularly for a period between 3 months and 3 years.


If you are travelling to South Africa for business, this visa type is applicable to you. The validity period for this visa ranges from between 3 – 5 years.


If you want to apply for a South African Visa in Nigeria, you can do it at any of the VFS Global Office in Lagos, Port Harcourt or Abuja. Application for your visa is to be done by you in person and not by proxy.

Each of the application centre accepts a specific number of application entries everyday. Presently, Lagos accepts 230 applications, Abuja, 150 and Port Harcourt just 20 applications. In order to avoid stress and long queues at any of the visa application centres, It is important that you get to to the centre very early in the morning, on or before 7:00 am.

The information below are the contact details and addresses of VFS Global Office in Lagos, Port Harcourt and Abuja.

VFS Application Centre in Lagos
Address: Plot 110, Admiral Ayinla Way,
3rd Roundabout, Lekki Phase I, Lagos
Telephone Number: +2348150180009
Submission Times: Monday to Friday: 08:00 – 15:00

VFS Application Centre in Abuja
Address: 38, Lobito Crescent, Wuse 2, Abuja
Telephone Number: +2348150180009
Submission Times: Monday to Friday: 08:00 – 15:00

VFS Application Centre in Port Harcourt
Address: Vineyard Shopping Centre,
88 Woji Road, GRA, Port Harcourt, Rivers State
Telephone Number: +2348150180009
Submission Times: Monday to Friday: 08:00 – 15:00

Processing time for visa application takes a minimum of 6 working days but it can take longer due to each application being assessed individually. Once your application has reached the South African Embassy in Nigeria, you will be notified by SMS on the very day of submission and you can track your South African visa application online. After the processing has been done, you can collect your visa at the centre where you applied and this is done once you provide your receipt to that effect.

The Author

Maduawuchi Obialo

Maduawuchi Obialo is the founder of Nigerian Guide and the Editor-in-Chief at Nigerian Infopedia. He is a professional Web Content Developer and a Biochemist.

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