How much UK, Australian and other popular visas will cost South Africans in 2019

The UK Home Office recently announced its updated visa fees for 2019.

According to immigration consultants, Breytenbachs, there will be no fee increases for most visa applications when the new rates come into effect on 29 March.

The exception are visitor visa applications which have seen a small increase of between 2 and 3%.

These fee increases are fortunately not significant, Breytenbachs said.

“For the visitor visa application for six months, the fee change is £2. The fee change for the visitor visa, valid for ten years is £24, bringing the new cost to £822.”

With a number of other countries also announcing their visa fees for 2019, BusinessTech looked at the general costs when applying for a  short-term visa in 2019.

The below prices do not include collection fees and other additional surcharges.

United Kingdom

Visa Cost (in rands)
6 months (visit) £95 (R1 792)
2 years (visit) £361 (R6 810)
5 years (visit) £655 (R12 356)
10 years (visit) £822 (R15 506)
Private medical treatment (up to 11 months) £190 (R3 584)
Short term student visa (up to 6 months) £97 (R1 830)


Visa Cost (in rands)
Tourist visa (3 months) AUD$140 (R1 418)
Working holiday (6 months) AUD$530 (R5 370)
Student visa (varies) AUD$575 (R5 826)
Temporary work visa (short stay specialist) AUD$285 (R2 888)

New Zealand

*price includes immigration levy.

Visa Cost (in rands)*
Visitor visa (up to 9 months) NZ$211 (R2 070)
Student visa NZ$295 (R2 894)
Temporary work visa NZ$465 (R4 562)
Limited visa – seasonal work visa NZ$325 (R3 188)


Visa Cost in rands
96-hour R610
Tourist – short term (30 days) R1 475
Tourist – long term (90 days) R3 040
Tourist – long term (multiple-entry) R7 410


South African passport holders currently need a Schengen visa to visit large parts of Europe.

The Schengen visa allows access to all the 22 European Union member states as well as four members of the European Free Trade Association including France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Austria, Hungary and Sweden.

A Schengen visa allows the holder to stay in the Schengen Territory for up to 90 days per six months; however, pricing differs slightly according to age and location.

Since May 2008, the fee for a short stay Schengen visa (less than 90 days) is €60 (R972), while the fee for a long stay visa (more than 90 days) is €99 (R1,604).

Children between the ages of 6 and below 12 years old pay €35 (R567).

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How much UK, Australian and other popular visas will cost South Africans in 2019