VISITING OR VOLUNTEER VISA REQUIREMENTS
Upon arrival to Johannesburg most European, American and Australian citizens over 18 will be granted a 90 day visitor visa free-of-charge and without any complications. Please check the website; http://www.vfsglobal.com/dha/southafrica/ if you come from anywhere else in the world.
The 90 day visitor visa is all you need to stay at C.A.R.E. for a short <90 day visit to help the animals.
UNDER 18’s VISA: C.A.R.E. typically does not enrol under 18’s. Those under 18 must follow the rules of providing additional documentation, all up to date details can be found on; http://www.vfsglobal.com/dha/southafrica/
90+ DAYS VISA: Anyone staying longer than 90 days must apply for a Volunteer Visa in their host country.
Volunteers staying longer than 90 days are so valuable to the centre, so please know that your efforts to obtain the necessary paperwork are truly appreciated! The application process has been made more efficient and easier than before as it is all handled by VFS Global. You can complete many things online and follow the process online; http://www.vfsglobal.com/dha/southafrica/. Make sure you check the most recent requirements for submission well in advance of your travel date so that you are not left disappointed.
Obtaining the necessary paperwork can often be time consuming.
Most of the time you need;
* Police Clearance
* Radiological Report
* Medical Clearance
* Proof of funds
* Proof of ticket
* Letter from us
* Birth Certificate
90+ DAYS VISA EXTENSION WITHIN THE COUNTRY: There is a possibility if you are on a 90 day visa to extend it further whilst you are within the country, but it is made difficult as the closest offices to submit the application are Polokwane and Nelspruit; meaning you will need to hire a car. Additionally, you must pick up the visa once it is processed in person (or someone can collect it on your behalf if they have your ID & written permission), meaning another long trip with car hire. As per other visa applications, for this option you must initially apply via the website and you will then choose to book yourself an appointment at one of the nearest offices.