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Please note that in order to receive an invitation letter for your visa application, you must provide proof of your current membership for either AAAE or AEASA, and proof of payment of the conference registration fee. An acceptance letter alone will not be sufficient for a visa application. To request the invitation letter, kindly send the required details to Joanne Bezuidenhout ( Upon receipt, an invitation letter signed by the Chair of the Local Organizing Committee will be sent to you.

Invitation Letters

Applying for a South African Visa

To enter South Africa, travelers will need a valid passport and a visa, if required. Visa requirements vary depending on the traveler's nationality and the purpose of their visit.

Citizens of certain countries, including the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, are required to have a visa to enter South Africa. The visa application process can be done online or in person, and it requires certain documents such as a valid passport, a recent passport photo, and proof of funds for the duration of the stay.

Tourist visa: It allows the holder to stay in South Africa for up to 90 days.

Business visa: It allows the holder to stay in South Africa for up to 90 days, and it's intended for business travelers.

For longer stays or for other purposes such as work or study, travelers will need to apply for a different type of visa. It's best to check with the South African embassy or consulate in your home country for specific visa requirements and to ensure that you have all the necessary documents before your trip.

It's worth noting that South Africa has put in place some travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and it's advisable to check the latest information from the South African government and the embassy before traveling.

General information about applying for South African Visas can be found on the website of the Department of Home Affairs

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