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Australian quarantine fees

Australian quarantine fees

Published at: 2020-09-08

To all our valued customers and travelers,

Australia’s 14-day quarantine fees, payable by travellers, are as follows;

- Single adults are charged AUD3 000 (R36 566) for New South Wales and South Australia quarantines. Additional adults in quarantine are charged AUD1 000 (R12 192) while children over three years old are charged AUD500 (R6 092).

- Quarantine in Western Australia for one adult costs AUD2 520 (R30 708); two adults travelling together are charged AUD3 360 (R40 940) and the charge for a family of four is AUD5 040 (R61 407).
- Queensland charges one adult in quarantine AUD 2 800 (R34 115); two adults, AUD4 710 (R57 386) and the cost for two adults and two children is AUD4 620 (R56 290).

- Charges for one adult in the Northern Territory is AUD2 500 (R30 336) while the family quarantine rate is AUD5 000 (R60 916).

The Australian High Commission recommends that travellers visit www.smartraveller.gov.au for up-to-date information on Australian travel information.


Sweden Update

Sweden Update

Published at: 2020-07-14

Due to the coronavirus and the temporary entry ban to Sweden, the Swedish Migration Agency has decided that the majority of visa applications will be rejected. This applies if you wish to visit Sweden and are a citizen of a country outside of the EU.

The extension of the temporary entry ban to Sweden has been extended until 31 August 2020 and easing of restrictions for more travelers. For more information on the travel ban click the following link; https://www.swedenabroad.se/en/about-sweden-non-swedish-citizens/going-to-sweden/temporary-ban-on-travel-to-sweden/.

We also must take into consideration locally if applicants from South Africa can get flights back to South Africa as well as if the quarantine has been lifted in South Africa. VFS are planning to gradually reopen with a limited opening hour, date still to be advised.

For the time being the embassy is open for submissions, by appointment only.
Applicant has to provide a confirmed return booking and state under what exemption to the travel ban he/she is applying.

Commercial flights from South Africa will be on hold for a while as we are in Stage 3. According to the South African Government, South Africa will allow international commercial flights again, in Stage 2. The move between stages will depend on the level of COVID transmission in South Africa among other things, something which remains hard to predict.

Who is exempt from the entry ban?
As of 4 July, the entry ban does not apply to people who:
1. Are an EEA citizen or a citizen of Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Switzerland or the Vatican City.
2. Have long-term resident status in Sweden or another EU Member State.
3. Have a residence permit in Sweden or another EEA state, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Switzerland or the Vatican City.
4. Have a national visa for Sweden or a national visa valid longer than three months in another EEA State, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Switzerland or the Vatican City.
5. Have family ties as specified in Chapter 3a, Section 2, first paragraph, or Chapter 5, Section 3, first paragraph, points 1–4, or Section 3a of the Aliens Act (2005:716) to a person covered by any of points 1–4 or to a Swedish citizen.
6. Lives in one of the following countries: Algeria, Australia, Georgia, Japan, Canada, Morocco, Montenegro, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay.

In addition, the entry ban does not apply to people with an essential need or function in Sweden.
For example, this may be the case for:
· Healthcare workers, researchers in health and medical care and elderly staff;
· Frontier workers;
· Seasonal workers in the agricultural, forestry and horticulture sectors;
· Personnel transporting goods and other staff in the transport sector;
· People covered by Chapter 2, Section 10 of the Aliens Act (2005:716);
· People who work in international organisations or are invited by such organisations and whose presence is necessary for the organisations’ activities, military personnel, aid workers and civil defence staff;
· Passengers in transit;
· People with imperative family reasons;
· Seafarers;
· People in need of international protection or for other humanitarian reasons;
· People who travel for the purpose of studying; and
· Highly skilled workers, if the job the alien is to perform cannot be postponed or performed remotely.

*The above list of people who can be considered to have an essential need or function is for illustration only and there may therefore be other categories of people who may be exempted. It is the responsibility of the enforcing authorities (primarily the Swedish Police Authority) to determine in each individual case how the exemptions are to be interpreted and which decisions are to be made. The purpose of the measure is to mitigate the effects of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. This is a temporary measure.

Feel free to contact us if you wish to book an appointment or have any enquiries?


Notification for French Visas

Notification for French Visas

Published at: 2020-07-06

To all our valued customers and travelers,
We are happy to inform you that Capago is opening for submissions on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

MDS VisaPak will assist clients by checking applications, scheduling appointments, paying the visa costs and meeting you at the application centre to assist with the processing of the application.

Once the application is finalised we will collect and return it to you.
MDS VisaPak is here to make visas easy for you


Ghana and DRC Embassy Update

Ghana and DRC Embassy Update

Published at: 2020-06-24

To all our valued customers and travelers,

We miss you all very much but hope you are keeping safe during these difficult and uncertain times.

We are following up with embassies and visa processing centers continuously so that we can keep you in the know and get your applications processed as soon as the embassies resume processing.

Today we have followed up with the Ghana embassy and the Embassy of the Democratic Republic of Congo, we are happy to announce that they will be opening to process urgent business visa applications for travelers.

Our team is ready to assist with the collection, checking and submitting of the applications, once processed we will collect the passports and return them to the traveler.

For both Ghana and the DRC we will need to have 3 to 5 applications to submit to the embassy; so we ask that all applicants remain patient and allow additional time for processing.

Have a wonderful day further and stay safe.

From your trusted visa acquisition team at MDS VisaPak


European Embassy Update

European Embassy Update

Published at: 2020-06-22

To all our valued customers and travelers,

We miss you all very much but hope you are keeping safe during these difficult and uncertain times.

We are following up with embassies and visa processing centers continuously so that we can keep you in the know and get your applications processed as soon as the embassies resume processing.

Today we have followed up with the European countries and Schengen states but with deep regret they are currently still closed and are not yet able to confirm what the new processes will be once they re-open.

The following embassies for European countries are currently not processing visa applications:
• Albania
• Andorra
• Armenia
• Austria
• Azerbaijan
• Belarus
• Belgium
• Bosnia and Herzegovina
• Bulgaria
• Croatia
• Cyprus
• Czechia
• Denmark
• Estonia
• Finland
• France
• Georgia
• Germany
• Greece
• Hungary
• Iceland
• Ireland
• Italy
• Kazakhstan
• Kosovo
• Latvia
• Liechtenstein
• Lithuania
• Luxembourg
• Malta
• Moldova
• Monaco
• Montenegro
• Netherlands
• North Macedonia (formerly Macedonia)
• Norway
• Poland
• Portugal
• Romania
• Russia
• San Marino
• Serbia
• Slovakia
• Slovenia
• Spain
• Sweden
• Switzerland
• Turkey
• Ukraine
• United Kingdom (UK)
• Vatican City (Holy See)

We would like to assure you that we will keep checking and as soon as we have an opening date and the new processes that will be followed, we will update you.

Have a wonderful day further and stay safe.
From your trusted visa acquisition team at MDS VisaPak


Need to know when you will be booking that trip?

Need to know when you will be booking that trip?

Published at: 2020-06-03

The Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt:


The Embassy of Egypt is open for assistance with Legalization of documents.

Visa entry services will commence once International air travel resumes to and from Egypt.


All consular services will have to be done by pre-appointment, please contact your MDS VisaPak consultant for assistance to secure an appointment

Royal Danish Embassy: 


COVID-19 Travel Advisory: Denmark's borders are closed to foreign visitors with some exceptions. Phased reopening of the borders in place.
Due to the current restrictions on entry into Denmark, it is temporarily not possible to apply for a visa to Denmark. This means that applicants cannot fill in an application online or hand in the application at a Visa Application Center (VFS). Applicants who have handed in their visa application prior to 20 March will have their case processed. In urgent cases where an applicant has to travel to Denmark before 1 June 2020 and has a worthy purpose for entering Denmark, the applicant can contact the Danish mission.

All consular services will have to be done by pre-appointment, please contact your MDS VisaPak consultant for assistance to secure an appointment

Embassy of the Republic of Angola:
COVID-19 Travel Advisory: The Angolan authorities have suspended all international flights to and from Angola from 20 March until further notice. State of emergency extended to 10 May 2020.
The embassy is open for urgent assistance with Certifications and Legalizations
All consular services will have to be done by pre-appointment, please contact your MDS VisaPak consultant for assistance to secure an appointment

Australian High Commission:
COVID-19 Travel Advisory: As of 19 March, Australia has closed its borders until further notice, no visas are been issued currently

Austrian Embassy:
COVID-19 Travel Advisory: In response to the public health threat associated with the spread of coronavirus, Austria has suspended the entry of third-country nationals (non-EU/EEA/CH citizens) entering Austria by air from outside the Schengen area. D Visas are currently being issued for emergency purposes only.
All consular services will have to be done by pre-appointment, please contact your MDS VisaPak consultant for assistance to secure an appointment

Belgian Embassy:
COVID-19 Travel Advisory: The Belgian borders are closed to non-essential movements. Tourism is not allowed during lockdown.

British High Commission:
COVID-19 Travel Advisory: Due to coronavirus (COVID-19) and current state of emergency, the consular section is only able to see customers by appointment.
From 8 June, there will be new rules in place for entering the UK because of coronavirus (COVID-19). The rules are for residents and visitors.
When these rules are in place, you will:
need to provide your journey and contact details when you travel to the UK
not be allowed to leave the place you’re staying for the first 14 days you’re in the UK except in very limited situations (known as ‘self-isolating’)
You should also download the NHS contact tracing app. You’ll be able to find the app on this page when it’s available.

Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria:
COVID-19 Travel Advisory: Lockdown measures are being eased, but borders remain closed. No visas are currently beein issued.
Legalizations and Certfications strictly by appoinment only.
All consular services will have to be done by pre-appointment, please contact your MDS VisaPak consultant for assistance to secure an appointment

Embassy of the People’s Republic of China:
From midnight (0 a.m.) of March 28, 2020, China suspended the entry of most foreign nationals, citing the temporary measure as a response to the rapid spread of COVID-19 across the world.
According to the announcement was made by China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) on March 26, foreigners who hold the following visas, even valid ones, are not allowed to enter China now:

Residence permit;
APEC business travel card; and/or
Port visa.
Chinese Visa

Embassy of the Republic of Croatia:
COVID-19 Travel Advisory: Borders remain closed. No visas are currently being issued until further notice.

Cyprus High Commission:
COVID-19 Travel Advisory: As of 4 May 2020, Cyprus has begun a phased approach to easing lockdown measure. Legalizations and Certifications for emergency purposes are being issued, strictly by appointment only.
All consular services will have to be done by pre-appointment, please contact your MDS VisaPak consultant for assistance to secure an appointment

The Embassy of the Czech Republic:
COVID-19 Travel Advisory: All categories of visa servicesincludingfor the purpose of studies remain entirely suspended at the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Pretoria.
Limited reopening of borders is in place:
Legalizations and Certifications for emergency purposes are being issued, strictly by appointment only.
All consular services will have to be done by pre-appointment, please contact your MDS VisaPak consultant for assistance to secure an appointment

The Embassy of Finland:
COVID-19 Travel Advisory: Due to the prevailing emergency conditions based on the Emergency Powers Act, the Government has decided to restrict traffic at Finland’s external borders starting on Thursday 19 March at 00.00
No visas are currently being issued. Legalizations and Certifications for emergency purposes are being issued, strictly by appointment only.
All consular services will have to be done by pre-appointment, please contact your MDS VisaPak consultant for assistance to secure an appointment

French Consulate General:
COVID-19 Travel Advisory: Passengers arriving from a non-Schengen Member State are not allowed to enter France. Travel Restrictions remain in place until 15 June 2020.
Due to the current situation regarding the spread of the coronavirus, France has decided to suspend the issuance of visas until further notice. All visa types are affected : short stay Schengen visas, long stay visas to France, visas to overseas territories. This suspension also applies to visa applications for which an appointment has already been made.
Italian Embassy:
COVID-19 Travel Advisory: Passengers traveling as tourists are not allowed to enter Italy.
Ease of international travel from June. No visas are currently being issued.

Germany Embassy:
After the closure of the German missions to the public, only providing emergency services under level 4 and 5, please be informed that with the downgrading to level 3 as from 1 June 2020, limited consular services will be offered
For the following matters, appointments can be scheduled:
Urgent passport applications
Passport collection
Urgent signature authentication
Urgent consular certification (e.g certificate required for relocation to Germany)
Urgent name declarations
Collection Police clearence certificate
Collection of citizenship certificates/naturalization certificates/certificates for the retention of German citizenship
Application for national visas for the purpose of family reunification (exclusively for this purpose)

All consular services will have to be done by pre-appointment, please contact your MDS VisaPak consultant for assistance to secure an appointment

High Commission of the Republic Of Ghana:
COVID-19 Travel Advisory: Foreign Travellers are not allowed to enter Ghana. No visas are currently being issued, Embassy closed till further notice

Mozambique High Commission:
COVID-19 Travel Advisory: Foreign Travellers are not allowed to enter Mozambique. No visas are currently being issued. Embassy closed till further notice


Car Licence Disc Renewals

Car Licence Disc Renewals

Published at: 2020-05-05

MDS VisaPak has taken initiative to broaden our range of services as we move through the different stages of economic activities in South Africa. As part of the MDS Group, we are ideally placed to offer both essential and non-essential services to our customers during these phases. Post lockdown, as we move through the various stages of alertness as outlined by President Ramaphosa, we will be offering a range of services that fit in with our value-added business model.

As we enter Level 4, we will be offering vehicle licence renewal services. The service will include the processing and payment of your licence disc renewal application and delivery of the original document back to you. We are doing our part to help flatten the curve. Please do your part and stay at home & healthy. Please send an email to info@renewit4u.net for more information.

Our consultants will be working from home, reducing the risk on them, and our drivers are all well trained in social distancing, personal hygiene, and have all the PPE required to ensure their safety. All our facilities are fully equipped with the necessary measures to minimize the risk of exposure to our staff in the workplace.

Send us a mail on info@renewit4u.net to get the form and find out more about how we can help with this.

If there are any other services that you may need at this time; from picking up your mail to delivering your groceries, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are here to assist and in our effort to ensure that we remain active in our economy.

We wish each of you well and pray that you and your loved ones remain safe.

Stay home, stay safe!


COVID-19 Update: Moving forward

COVID-19 Update: Moving forward

Published at: 2020-03-24

Our valued customers,

We are currently busy evaluating the list of the essential services and assessing exactly how the business will continue to operate during this time.

We will, of course, comply with our President’s requests and follow the rule of the law, whilst still maintaining the interest of our customers and your businesses.

We have set up our staff, who’s roles allow, to work from home and during this time we will remain available remotely. This work from home has been in place since last week. We have done this to keep our business running and also to protect the staff that are part of our team.

We will keep you updated, timeously, on how we will be managing this new landscape we are faced with for the next 21 days.

South Africans, the success of our response to the #coronavirus pandemic depends on the efforts of each and every citizen.

Please send any requests or concerns surrounding travel and visa restrictions to:

Visas Business Manager
Carla Douglas
Mobile: 0798840331
Email: info@visas.co.za


Festive Season Trading Hours

Festive Season Trading Hours

Published at: 2019-12-23

In the spirit of appreciation for your continued support in 2019. We would like to say THANK YOU and extend our best wishes for a happy holiday season. We look forward to another successful year working together in the new year.


Passports for minors under 18

Passports for minors under 18

Published at: 2019-11-20

New South African passports for minors under the age of 18 are being issued, containing the details of both parents as a standard feature.

Children traveling on these new passports do not require any additional documentation when traveling abroad. (If accompanied by both parents. )

If minors under 18 traveling with parents are still traveling on old passports, the following additional documents will be required:

Copy of unabridged Birth Certificate
Copies of parents ID’s + consent letter from each parent not accompanying minor.
Both parents are required to appear at the interview for children below the age of 18 years or alternatively supply an affidavit specifying why the parent cannot be in attendance.