CHECKLIST FOR Your Move to South Africa
To make your move to South Africa as seamless as possible, here is a short checklist to guide you.
Ensure that your passport is valid for at least the duration of your intended stay in South Africa and has sufficient pages. It would be recommended that you renew your passport in your home country, as it will be easier than renewing it in South Africa.
You will need a valid driver’s license to be able to drive in South Africa. Ensure to apply for an international driver’s license before you leave for South Africa.
Using public transport in South Africa may be extremely challenging and frustrating. Having your own car will make your stay convenient. Buying a car will be to your advantage. You will need to register your car at the traffic department and get all paperwork up to date.
PROOF OF FUNDS
Bank statements are required as proof of funds for your visa application, therefore ensure that you maintain a healthy bank balance for at least three months prior to the submission of your visa application.
MEDICAL AID COVER
Ensure having full medical cover arranged for the duration of your stay in South Africa. This is extremely crucial else you will need to rely on government facilities which are not always reliable. Make sure that your medical reports are documented and up to date.
If your family will be accompanying you and you have children of school going age, ensure to do enough research on schooling in South Africa so that you can apply for the relevant visas for your children to enable them to study in South Africa.
PHONE & INTERNET
Having reliable internet is an essential. The phone company for the internet and home phones is Telkom. However, you may also research on other internet service providers.
Arrange for temporary accommodation upon your arrival in South Africa with a host who will be able to write an accommodation undertaking to submit with your application.
Their ID/passport and proof of accommodation not older than 3 months will be required.
Insurance on all your possessions will be extremely crucial once you are in South Africa.
- Your CV must also be updated.
- Educational qualifications – ensure that you have your degree certificates, including transcripts, readily available.
- If you have lived in more than one country since your 18th birthday for a period of more than 12 months, you will need police clearance certificates from each of these countries. Familiarise yourself with the process to obtain police checks from the respective country.