Medical treatment permit
South Africa is a country blessed with medical facilities of a high standard. Many foreigners come here purely to have medical treatment, since they can avoid the long queues and expenses in their own country.
Therefore, it is clearly designated as a viable destination for patients requiring various types of specialised medical care, particularly patients in Europe and other African countries. The immigration legislation of South Africa recognises the need to cater for such patients, and allows for a Medical Treatment Permit.
In order to qualify for the Medical Treatment Permit, the applicant needs to comply with the following requirements.
• A letter from the applicant’s doctor or hospital must be provided, stating the nature of the patient’s condition and the treatment required.
• The applicant must provide details of the institution or facility in South Africa where the proposed treatment is to take place.
• The applicant must provide the personal details of any persons accompanying him/her.
• The applicant must prove that he/she is able to support themselves financially for the duration of their stay in South Africa.
• The applicant must also be in possession of a valid return air ticket, failing which they must pay a deposit.
The Medical Treatment Permit is valid for a period of up to six months at a time. Where the treatment is not expected to take longer than three months, it is also possible to apply for a Visitor’s Permit.