On Friday 08th of September 2017, the Minister of Home Affairs, Hlengiwe Mkhize announced the closure of the Zimbabwean Special Permit (ZSP) and the opening of the new Zimbabwean Exemption Permit (ZEP).

The new permit grants Zimbabweans the right to continue working, studying or conducting their own business in South Africa for a further four (4) years.

The ZEP’s will be issued from 01st January 2018 until 31st December 2021.

Applicants are required to be in possession of a valid Zimbabwean passport and proof of either employment, business or study, depending on the purpose of their stay.

How to apply:

Applications will open on 15 September through the VFS center.

The administrative fee of the application is R 1090.

Applicants need to schedule an appointment with VFS and submit fingerprints as well as supporting documents from 1 October 2017. Applicants will need to submit a valid Zimbabwean passport, proof of employment in the case of a work permit, proof of a business in the case of an application for a business permit, and proof of an admission letter from a recognised learning institution in the case of a study permit.


The closing date of applications will be on the 30th November 2017.

Conditions of a ZEP permit holder:

  • Cannot apply for permanent residence
  • Permits are not renewable / extendable
  • Cannot change conditions the permit in South Africa
  • Only valid ZSP permit holders can apply for the new ZEP permit

As per Minister Mkhize, holders of the current Zimbabwe Special Permit (ZSP), which expires in December 2017, are allowed to travel across borders with expired ZSP permits and receipts showing they have applied for the ZEP, until the South African government has issued them with the ZEP permits.

As follows, is a list of the VFS Offices where applicants may apply for the new Zimbabwean Exemption Permit:

Cape Town: 2 Long street, 7th Floor, Cape Town

Bloemfontein: Suit 4, The Park, 14 Reid Street, Westdene

Durban: Musgrave towers, Musgrave Shopping mall, 5th Floor Musgrave

George: Unit 5 Eagle View, Progress Street

Johannesburg: Pretoria Road, Halfway House, Midrand

Kimberly: Unit 3, Building 2, Agri Office Park, N12 Kimberley

Nelspruit: Office 5F, Nedbank Building, 30 Brown Street

Port Elizabeth: Office 7C, 1st floor, Corner 17th Avenue and Main Road.

Polokwane: Thornhill Shopping Centre, Veldspaat and Munnik Avenue, Bendor Park

Rustenburg: Corner of Boom and Fatima Bayet Street, Rustenburg

ZSP holders who wish to change their status to any other type of visa should apply in sufficient time within South Africa, provided they meet the requirements of that particular visa type.

ZSP holders are advised to submit their applications as soon as possible and not wait till the last minute.

As of the 1st October 2017, it was expected that the VFS offices will be overcrowded and will have longer queues due to the opening of the Zimbabwean Exemption Permits.

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