About Cape Town

If your course is for less than 90 days, many students do not need a study visa. Students from the countries listed below can travel to South Africa and will be issued with a visitor’s visa at the airport when you arrive.

Student Visa Information

The OHC Office has a dedicated pre-arrivals team who will guide and support you through the visa process. As an institution accredited by the South African Department of Higher Education, the University arranges hundreds of student visas each year.

Visa Exempt Countries

If your course is for less than 90 days, many students do not need a study visa. Students from the countries listed below can travel to South Africa and will be issued with a visitor’s visa at the airport when you arrive.

Andorra 
Argentina 
Australia 
Austria 
Belgium 
Botswana 
Brazil 
Canada 
Chile 
Czech Republic 

Denmark 
Ecuador 
Finland 
France 
Germany 
Greece 
Iceland 
Israel 
Italy 
Jamaica

Japan 
Liechtenstein 
Luxemburg 
Malta 
Monaco 
Netherlands 
New Zealand
Norway 
Paraguay 
Portugal 
Russia

San Marino 
Singapore 
Spain 
St Vincent
Sweden 
Switzerland
Uruguay
Venezuela
United Kingdom
USA

Students from the following countries can study for up to 30 days on a visitor’s visa, without applying for a study permit:

Angola 
Antigua and Barbuda 
Barbados 
Belize 
Benin 
Bolivia 
Cape Verde 
Costa Rica

Cyprus
Gabon 
Guyana 
Hong Kong*
Hungary 
Jordan 
Lesotho
Macau*

Malaysia
Malawi 
Maldives 
Mauritius 
Mozambique 
Namibia
Peru
Poland

Seychelles
Slovak Republic 
South Korea 
Swaziland 
Thailand 
Turkey 
Zambia

* Only with regard to holders of Hong Kong British National Overseas passports and Hong Kong Special Administrative Region passports
** Only with regard to holders of Macau Special Administrative Region passports (MSAR)

If you do not hold a passport for one of these countries, and plan to be in South Africa for less than 90 days, you will need to apply for a Visitor’s visa at the South African embassy in your country of residence.

Applying for a Study Visa

If you plan to be in South Africa for more than 90 days you will need to be issued with a study visa in your home country before travelling to South Africa. To apply, you will need the following documents:

  • Your passport (please make sure that your passport has at least two empty visa pages)
  • Two passport photographs
  • An original bank statement showing you have enough money for your stay (approximately ZAR6000 per month) and your receipt for your course fees.
  • A return ticket
  • A letter of invitation from OHC – we will provide you with this.
  • A radiological report (Chest X-ray) – download here 
  • A medical report – download here 
  • A police clearance certificate from your home country
  • Medical Insurance – see our FAQ for more information 
  • If you are bringing a spouse or children you will also need your marriage certificate and your children’s birth certificates

You should apply at your local South African diplomatic mission – details can be found here . You will be asked to complete the application forms and submit it with the relevant documents. We recommend you contact your local mission or visit their website for further details before going there in person. You can also get more information from the South African Department of Home Affairs Website.