Are you an artist? This South African visa could be for you!

South Africa’s art scene is one of the most thriving in the world, with creativity evident in the galleries, street corners, traffic lights, rural villages, and everywhere in between. Any artist who visits South Africa is bound to be inspired by the pan-African music, the dynamic street art, the literature and theatre, and the traditional and experimental painting, printmaking and sculpture.


How can overseas artists immerse themselves in the South African art world, while drawing inspiration and producing new work of their own?


In addition to the standard three-month visas granted to most short-term visitors to South Africa, the South African government also offers a number of long-term visitor visa options.  Long-term visitor visas are granted to foreign journalists, academic researchers, lecturers, and entertainers performing in South Africa, and also to those in the creative fields, artists who wish to paint, sculpt or write.


The application process for the artist’s visa is quite straightforward, requiring standard paperwork – police clearances, medical reports, bank statements, etc. – together with a comprehensive portfolio of past artwork. Artists must document their ability to support themselves financially for the proposed duration of their stay in South Africa, as well as provide proof for their medical insurance and housing.


The duration of the application process does not exceed a few weeks, after the artists submit their applications at the South African embassy or consulate in their home country. Visas are generally granted for period of one to three years and are valid for the approved number of years, commencing from the date of entry into the country.

The artist’s visa paves way to a great opportunity for artists to experience South Africa’s art through the eyes of one at home, rather than as a short-term hurried visitor. For more information contact SA Visa Experts.


SA Visa Experts is helping potential South African immigrants from around the world navigate the South African visa application process, guiding applicants in determining which visa to apply for, collecting and submitting documents, and providing essential advice from the beginning of the process to the end. Contact them for more information on South African visas by emailing You may also take their free online assessment by clicking on this link: