South African Embassy
in the Russian Federation


Processing period

Processing period for visas

The processing period for visas may vary from one case to another and is therefore not guaranteed for all applications. This time - 5 working days - serves as an approximate guide only in cases where the documentation meets all the prescribed requirements.

Processing time begins on the next working day after our office receives a complete application. “Working days” are days when the Immigration Section is open for business. Weekends and statutory holidays are not “working days” and should therefore not be counted when calculating processing times.

Visas may be issued well in advance of the intended travel dates. You may apply for a visa as far as 1 to 2 months in advance of your travel plans.

Apply early to avoid delays.