Retired Persons’ Visa

South Africa
Cost of Living
Talent Migration


Retired persons’ permits may be issued to persons who wish to retire in South Africa, provided that such persons comply with the financial requirements provided for in the Immigration Act, 2002 (Act No. 13 of 2002) and its Regulations. Applications must be made at any regional office of the Department of Home Affairs or nearest South African embassy, mission or consulate abroad.



12 months



120 Month(s)





P. Residency

60 Month(s)


Processing time

3-4 weeks




What are eligibility requirements for the Retired Persons’ Visa ?

6 Eligibility Requirements

  • You need a passport valid for 30 days after expiry of the intended visit.
  • You need monthly payment, the amount determined from time to time by the Minister.
  • You need travel health insurance.
  • You should be of good character.
  • You should be in good health.
  • You need to pay visa fee.

Which documents do I need to apply for the Retired Persons’ Visa ?

11 Document Required

  • A passport with at least 1 free page for a visa.
  • 2 recent passport size colour photographs.
  • A photocopy of a valid residential permit (if applicable).
  • Permit fees (cash or bank transfer).
  • A vaccination certificate (if you have travelled through or intend travelling to the yellow fever belt).
  • Proof of medical cover.
  • Medical and radiology reports.
  • The minimum payment to a foreigner shall be per month, the amount determined from time to time by the Minister, this amount is currently set at R37000,00.
  • A minimum prescribed net worth currently set at R37000,00.
  • A police clearance certificate from each country in which you resided for 12 months or longer since the age of 18 years.
  • The spouse and dependent children accompanying the holder of a retired person visa may be issued with an appropriate visa.

Talent Migration data for South Africa

Talent gain & drain map of 2015-2019 data. Sourced from World Bank Digital Development Data.

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