New South African visa application centres to make life easier for Aucklanders

New Zealanders needing a visa to visit South Africa could face a quicker, less costly process with the opening of two new visa application centres - provided they live in Auckland or Wellington.

Changes effected on January 16 mean all Kiwis now need a three-month holiday visa to visit South Africa, ending a 20-year visa-free travel arrangement between the two countries.

While visas initially had to be obtained in person at the South African High Commission in Wellington, the two new centres in Auckland and Wellington will receive all applications from February 14. The commission will remain the sole authority for processing and issuing visas. 

"The new VFS Global Visa Application Centres (VAC) will offer an easier, more accessible visa application process for applicants with the help of an appointment-based system, easy fee collection, along with a secure dispatch system," the commission said, adding that walk-ins will be accommodated. 

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Source: Stuff.co.nz