South Africa visa for Pakistani passport holders is a very simple process. You have to prepare a list of documents that are required for a South Africa visa in Pakistan. However, I did this process myself recently and I will guide you step by step.
Required Documents for South Africa Visa
- Valid passport
- Previous passports
- Visa application
- Two photographs
- Covering letter
- Bank statement of the last six months
- Bank maintenance certificate
- Employment letter (if doing a job)
- Business documents (if doing business)
- Hotel booking
- Flight reservation
- Yellow fever certificate
- CNIC & passport copy
- Visa Fee: Rs.3700
This is the very simple list of documents that you need to provide while applying for South Africa visa in Pakistan.
If you would like to learn more about it in Urdu then I have recorded a video for the entire process in Urdu and you can watch that here:
How to Apply for South Africa Visa in Pakistan?
Now the process is quite simple. You have to first go to the VFS website which in coordination with Gerry’s handle South Africa visa applications in Pakistan. You will have to book an appointment online for South Africa visa by paying $50 USD online (lol. visa fee is less than appointment fee).
After you book the appointment online, simply print it and take it along with your documents to Gerry’s office on the mentioned date. Your application will be processed by Gerry’s either in Islamabad, Karachi or Lahore, etc.
Please visit VFS officail website by Clicking Here.
Gerry’s Office addresses in Pakistan
Islamabad: South Africa Visa Application Centre Park Road,
Chattha Bakhtawar Chak Shahzad, Islamabad
South Africa Visa Application Centre
Bahria Complex IV, 4th Floor,Main Chaudhary
Khaliq UZ Zaman Road. Gizri, Clifton,Karachi
South African High Commission in Pakistan
South African has a high commission in Islamabad. But I applied in Karachi and so my application was sent to Islamabad by Gerry’s. I am personally not happy with the service provided by Gerry’s for South Africa visa and I am also not happy with the South African embassy because they do not attend calls if you have to ask about the delays in the application.
Address of South African High Commission Islamabad:
Address: House No 7،, Street 58, F F 7/4 F-7, Islamabad, Phone: (051) 2655304
The visa process normally takes around 10 to 15 days. However, in my case, it took 22 days because my application was delayed due to Gerry’s irregularities despite paying them Rs.2500 for a fast-tracked application. They did nothing but simply cheated me by taking Rs.2500 for no service.
Actually, they charge you Rs.2500 if you want to verify your documents by them before submitting the application to the embassy. They said it will fast track the application. I grabbed that service, but my office did not receive any call from Gerry’s for verification. That’s a big scam man.
Also Read: USA visa requirements in Pakistan
Frequently Asked Questions about South Africa
I will answer a few questions related to South Africa trip as I already visited this country for a few days. I will share my experience as well as some frequently asked questions that come into mind.
How is South Africa for Tourism?
South Africa is a great place for tourism especially the Cape Town city and Durban. You will find amazing natural beauty in Cape Town. We also visited Johannesburg, but if you are not interested in Nelson Mandela’s history then simply visit Cape Town and Durban.
Is South Africa Safe for Tourism?
Cape Town and Durban are absolutely safe for tourism. However, in every big country, you have to take precautions. In South Africa, you need to take extra care because it’s not a safe country for foreigners in general. I would suggest exploring in day time only and I did not face any problem in Cape Town. However, people told me in Johannesburg that it’s not safe.
How Expensive is South Africa?
South Africa is not very expensive if we compare it to Europe and North America. However, it’s expensive as per the Southeast Asia standard. You can still manage on $50 per day with accommodation and food included. We did for $50 a day easily. We were two persons and we shared a room.
Hostels and hotels are available everywhere in big cities such as Cape Town and Durban. You can also find a hostel for as little as $10 bucks per night. I personally use booking.com and agoda.com for booking cheap hotels all over the world. You can search for your hotels below.
What About Food in South Africa?
If you are looking for Pakistani and Indian food then it’s available in touristic cities like Cape Town and Durban. We even found Lal Qila restaurant in Johannesburg who invited us for dinner.
What to Visit in South Africa?
South Africa has a great list of natural and historical places that you can visit during your trip. However, it will entirely depend on how many days you have for South Africa. If you are going for less than a week then you can only explore Cape Town.
If you have at least 10 days then I would strongly suggest covering Cape Town and Durban too. If you are into wildlife then Kruger National Park is a must for those who like wildlife and safari games.
Don’t forget to visit Table Mountain, Cape of Good Hope, Bo-Kaab, Castle of Good Hope, and Penguin Colony in Cape Town. Johannesburg is full of Nelson Mandela’s history and residences. Pretoria is the capital of South Africa and that’s also a nice place to visit. Do read about my experience in Dar es Salaam Tanzania.
Conclusion of South Africa
Although, the embassy of South Africa in Islamabad is very slow in processing visa applications and not professional in any way. But I must say that South African people are very friendly and chilled out. I would suggest to stick to Cape Town and explore in the day time to be on the safe side. Because bad guys can appear anywhere in no time. South Africa is full of people from other African countries such as Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Botswana, and many others. South Africa is like the America of Africa.
Here is the entire playlist of my trip to South Africa which includes videos from Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town. You can subscribe to my YouTube channel for upcoming adventures.