I’m an Indian passport holder, residing in the UK. I have urgent business travel planned to Botswana and my flights are via Johannesburg. I’ve been advised to obtain a South Africa transit visa, as I’m travelling to a neighboring country.
The embassy website states the following -
“If you are a non-visa exempt passport holder who is in transit in the Republic of South Africa enroute (by air, road or rail) to a country that shares a border with the Republic (Lesotho, Swaziland, Namibia, Mozambique, Botswana and Zimbabwe) must apply to be issued with a visa at a South African Mission abroad, before proceeding to the Republic of South Africa". I also have a colleague with an Indian passport who was denied travel to Botswana as he did not have a South Africa transit visa.
However, the visa agency (VFS) insists that applicants who are transiting by air from the following South African airports are exempt from obtaining a transit visa:
1. O R Tambo International
2. Cape Town International
3. King Shaka
Is anyone able to confirm this please? Many thanks.