Visa Validity Period Extended Once Again

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Home Affairs has decided to extend the validity of short term visas. This follows the President's announcement that South Africa will be moving to adjusted level 4 lockdown. 
This extension applies to short-term visas that are issued for a period not longer than 90 days. This includes visas such as a tourist visa, which have now been extended until 30 September.
In a statement released on Monday, the Department of Home Affairs also said the validity period of longer-term temporary visas has also been extended until 30 September 2021.
These longer-term temporary visas include visas issued for three months to three years, which expired during the lockdown.
The Department said these amendments will be gazetted by 30 June 2021, in line with the National State of Disaster Regulations.
"This means that visas or permits of holders who have not departed South Africa since the announcement of the National State of Disaster in March 2020, and arrived with a valid visitor’s visa between December 2019 and 14 March 2021, are deemed to be valid until the end of September 2021,” the department said.
Holders of these visas are required to remain in South Africa until the expiry of their extension. 
“Those wishing to be repatriated to their countries within this period can depart without being declared undesirable persons.
“The extension does not apply to people who entered the country from 15 March 2021. The normal validity period of visas of people admitted into the country from 15 March 2021 applies,” the department said.
Holders of the following visas must renew their visas on www.vfsglobal.com/dha/southafrica before 30 September 2021:

Study visa
Treaty visa
Business visa
Medical treatment visa
Relatives’ visas
General work visa
Critical skills work visa
Retired person’s visa
Exchange visa.

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