Border-hopping to extend visa??

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1. Posted by Demian (Full Member 117 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Sawubona! (Hi in Zulu)

I am staying for half a year in South Africa. I am working, but staying on a tourist entry permit (since it is very hard to get a work-permit for South Africa, hence the unemployment rates, wich hover around 26%!)
The temporary entry permit allows me to stay for 90 days, after that I have to extend it. I went through all the bureaucratic fuzz at the department of home affairs to apply for the extention, but I am far from confident it is going to work out well.

My question is: is anybody experienced in the phenomena 'borderhopping' (a.i. visiting a neighbouring country for a couple of days, coming back and hopefully receiving a new 90-day permit?).

Even if it is not in the specific region, any comment on the issue is very welcome!



2. Posted by strayalien (Budding Member 120 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Yebo a go go.
just got from S.A myself dude,no problem with extending your visa....just pull into Mozambique or Namibia for a few days.You might even get away with visiting Lesotho or Swaziland for a few days but aren't 100 on that.

3. Posted by WhiteAnt (First Time Poster 1 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Sadly, no. Your visa doesn't get extended by going into Swaziland or Lesotho. Been there, done that.