May 2 2013 10:05 AM
Visa applicants might hear of repatriation fees when looking into visas for South Africa.
The purpose of this deposit is the reassurance for the Republic that a foreigner can always return to their home country even if he/she has no available funds when this may be necessary. The amount of the repatriation fee is therefore fixed by the authorities but varies, depending on the home country of the applicant(s). For example, if you are from the US, the repatriation fee is R15,800 . If you are from Namibia, it is only R 3000.00.
Determining whether you need to pay the repatriation fee or not depends on how long you plan to stay in South Africa and what type of visa you will be on. If you hold a return ticket, this can effect whether you pay the repatriation fee or not as well.
The good news is that it is refundable. Once you leave South Africa, you need to lodge a refund request through Home Affairs.
(a)Original receipt issued to you after paying the repatriation deposit.
(b) Letter of request to refund the deposit.
(c) Passport – if your visa/permit is still valid. The said visa/permit will have to be cancelled;
(d) Sworn affidavit explaining circumstances surround the loss of the repatriation deposit receipt. This must be provided ONLY by applicants who have lost their original receipts. If you need assistance with any repatriation fee questions or with your visa application, we are ready to help.