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VFS Global Opens New South Africa Visa Application Centres in UK

LONDON, September 1, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --

The South Africa Visa Application in London was officially inaugurated in July 2015 by the South African Minister of Home Affairs, Mr Malusi Gigaba, MP and the South African High Commissioner to UK, His Excellency Mr. Obed Mlaba along with Mr Chris Dix, Chief Operating Officer for Europe and the Americas.


Operating from a dedicated modern facility, VFS Global manages the visa application processes for 15 client governments ensuring that visa applicants receive a high level of service in a comfortable and secure environment. Additionally, applicants would also be able to apply for a South African Visa from the VFS centers in Manchester and Edinburgh.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Malusi Gigaba, Minister for Home Affairs in South Africa, commented: "Tourism is hugely important to the South African economy and we want to make it as easy as possible for people to visit, while ensuring the security of tourists and South African residents alike. The three new visa centres here in the UK will mean that it will be quicker and easier for applicants to submit their visa requests at locations in major cities across the country. This is just one of a number of initiatives we are undertaking to increase efficiency for travellers, and we look forward to welcoming visitors to South Africa, from all over the UK."

On behalf of VFS Global, Chris Dix added: "We are committed to the continuous development of convenient and accessible services in the UK. With the launch of these new offices in three different UK cities, the South Africa visa application service will be accessible to more applicants living in Britain. The visa application process will be facilitated by well-appointed staff and facilities to ensure a seamless experience for customers."

VFS Global has had international success and is currently facilitating visas for South African Missions in Africa and Asia, countries such as Kenya, DRC, Angola, Nigeria, Ghana, China Uganda, and India.

The key features of the new centre include:  

  • Conveniently located and easily accessible state-of-the-art facilities
  • Longer operating hours allowing applicants to visit at a time of their convenience
  • Well trained staff dedicated to handle queries and applications
  • Automated queue governance for smooth flow of applicants, providing better crowd management
  • Secure handling of documents and personal information
  • State -of-the-art premium lounge with dedicated counters
  • In-VAC feedback forms, and online feedback services for applicants to share their recommendations and feedback about the services
  • Choice of services supporting a convenient process.

The application centre will remain open from 0830 hrs to 1600 hrs, Monday to Friday.

The South African Visa Facilitation Centre is situated in:  

1. South Africa Visa Application Centre - London
66 Wilson Street, EC2 A2JX London 

2. South Africa Visa Application Centre - Manchester
50 Devonshire Street North, M12 6JH Manchester 

3.South Africa Visa Application Centre - Edinburgh
1 Rennie's Isle, EH6 6QT Edinburgh

Notes to editors 

All applicants carrying normal passports must submit their visa applications at the VFS Global Centre. The South African High Commission will process these final applications.

Costs for using the Visa Facilitation Centre's services will be made known in due course.

Holders of Diplomatic Passports who submit their applications under cover of a Note Verbal for travel to South Africa for official purposes should continue to submit their applications at the South African High Commission in South Africa House Trafalgar Square.

About VFS Global  

VFS Global is the world's largest outsourcing and technology services specialist for governments and diplomatic missions worldwide. With over 1766 Application Centres, operations in 122 countries across five continents and over 100 million applications processed as at 31 July 2015, VFS Global serves the interests of 46 client governments. VFS Global's worldwide operations are certified ISO 9001:2008 for Quality Management System, ISO 27001:2013 for Information Security Management System and ISO 14001:2004 for Environmental Management System. For more information, please visit

Media Contact
Shaily Vaswani
VFS Global


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