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After a short leave of absence Cherie Myburgh has returned to MDS VisaPak on 02 May 2017 in the Position of Senior VIP consultant. Cherie has played an important role in the past and will no doubt pick things up right where she left off.
Visa-free travel between Russia and SA from April 1
Please be advised that from April 01 2017, South Africans travelling to Russia without the intention of working, studying or living in the country will be free from visa requirements and can enter, stay or transit without a visa for a duration of up to 90 days.
This is according to a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.
Department of Home Affairs spokesperson Mayihlome Tshwete was quoted on Jacaranda FM as saying the department believes South African travellers don't pose many risks and should be afforded more convenient travel arrangements.
"South Africans don't travel to countries to stay there indefinitely. We travel for visiting purposes and where we are travelling to stay for work, we travel through regular means. You don't get many South Africans being deported back to South Africa," he was quoted as saying.
Should there be any changes we will keep you updated.
Please do not hesitate to contact MDS VisaPak for further queries
It is that time of year again when the Finance Minister announces his budget and we have to increase salaries.
2016 has been a successful year for MDS VisaPak and we value our clients’ business, however rising costs and overheads have forced us to make a price adjustment.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support. As you are all aware the cost of moving documents around has increased dramatically over the past year.
Please take note that effective 01 March 2017 our standard service fees will increase.
Should you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact us.
South African travellers to Spain must now apply for a Spanish Schengen visa through BLS International. As of December 17, VFS Global stopped processing applications on behalf of the Embassy of Spain.
The following changes have also been made to visa fees:
- The Schengen visa short stay is now R871 as opposed to R1 057
- A visa for children between the ages of 6 & 12 will now cost R508 as opposed to R616.
- Applicants will be charged a BLS service fee of R224.
To apply for a visa MDS Visapak will make an appointment at the centre in order to capture biometrics, pay for the visa & arrange a meet & greet service.
Once the visa is completed & ready for collection , MDS Visapak will arrange collection & deliver to the desired address.
Child Travel Requirements: Travelling Abroad with Children
Please be advised and reminded of the child travel requirements:
Child travel requirements, as stipulated by the Department of Home Affairs, relating to South African minors (Children under 18 years) travelling, aimed at improving the safety of children.
Child & Both Parents:
Parents must produce an Unabridged Birth Certificate / Birth Certificate with both parents’ details & a valid passport for each child.
Child & One Parent:
Parents must produce an Unabridged Birth Certificate / Birth Certificate with both parents’ details & a valid passport for each child, as well as copies of the absent parent’s passport & ID & an affidavit confirming that the absent parent has given permission for the child to travel. Single parents must produce a court order granting parental responsibilities.
Child & Guardian Only:
Guardian must produce an Unabridged Birth Certificate / Birth Certificate with both parents’ details, a valid passport for each child, court order/death certificate, affidavit confirming parents’ permission for the child to travel, including contact details of the parent. A child under alternate care (e.g. a foster home) must have a letter from the relevant provincial department of Social Development.
Parent must produce an Unabridged Birth Certificate / Birth Certificate with both parents’ details, a valid passport for each child, & affidavit confirming parents’ permission for the child to travel. Single parents must produce a court order granting parental responsibilities. A copy of the ID document / passport & visa or permanent residence address of where the child will be residing & of the person receiving the child at the destination is also required.
An Unabridged Birth Certificate is issued by the Department of Home Affairs & contains the details of both parents. We encourage all travellers to apply as early as possible to avoid inconvenience as the application can take up to six months.
The parental consent affidavit can be found at: http://www.dha.gov.za/files/ParentalConsentAffidavit.pdf.
Notice from the Angola Embassy Cape Town
Please be advised that the system is currently down for issuing Ordinary and Tourist Visas till further notice.
The only visas the embassy is able to issue currently is the STV – Short Term Visa.
MDS VisaPak will confirm once their systems are up and running again.
Please be advised that as of Monday 30 January 2017, all invitation letters from Angola must have a stamp from the Notarial (Natario) and also from the Ministry of Foreigner affairs in Angola.
The Consulate of the Angola Embassy has advised that if the invitation letters do not have the above stamps, the consulate will not process the Visa.