The deadline for Zimbabwean Exemption Permit (ZEP) holders to apply for the appropriate visas or waivers in South Africa has been extended until 31 December 2023.
On 7 June 2023, the Minister of Home Affairs in South Africa extended the deadline for ZEP holders from 30 June 2023 to 31 December 2023. This extension is to allow ZEP holders time to apply for the appropriate visas or waivers.
During the period until 31 December 2023, ZEP holders:
- may be allowed to depart or enter South Africa, provided the holder complies with all other requirements (except having a valid permit) for entry into and departure from the country
- may not be ordered to depart, be arrested, be detained for purposes of deportation, or be deported for any reason related to the holder not having a valid exemption permit
- should not be required to produce:
- a valid exemption permit
- an authorisation letter to remain in South Africa when submitting an application for any category of visas, including temporary residence visas.
ZEP holders should submit their applications as soon as possible, especially given the current significant delays in processing visa applications.
Written by Ahlisha Yesmariam, Immigration Paralegal, Baker McKenzie Johannesburg