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The newly relocated centre was inaugurated on 29 November 2023 by HE Nosicelo D MBELE, Consul General, South African Consulate General in Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo

LUBUMBASHI, Democratic Republic of Congo, December 1, 2023/ — Applicants can now submit their visa applications at the new Centre located at Office No 5, 2nd Floor, Hypnose Building, 826 Av. Mama Yemo, Lubumbashi from 29 November 2023.

Commenting on the relocation of the Centre, HE Nosicelo D MBELE, Consul General, Consulate-General of the Republic of South Africa said, “On behalf of the Government of the Republic of South Africa, the Consulate-General takes pride in the presence of the Visa Application Centre in Lubumbashi. The motive for opening this centre about 10 years ago, was to facilitate a smooth visa application process for our Congolese brothers and sisters. I am extremely happy today that VFS Global has relocated to this beautiful location, which is easily accessible. I truly appreciate the efforts of the VFS Global management who heard the call to relocate the centre.”

Mr. Hariprasad Viswanathan, Head – Sub Saharan Africa, VFS Global, added ” In line with our ongoing commitment in maintaining excellence in service standards for the Consulate General of South Africa in Lubumbashi, we are pleased to announce the relocation of our South Africa Visa Application Centre to a more spacious and easily accessible facility. Since we commenced operations in 2012. We are confident that this newly opened VFS Global South Africa Visa Application Centres in Lubumbashi will offer applicants a convenient and seamless visa application process that will effectively cater to the growing travel demand from the country.”

VFS Global commenced operations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo more than a decade ago by opening South Africa Visa Application Centres in two locations- Lubumbashi and Kinshasa. Since then, we have grown our operations to service five Governments through a network of four Visa Application Centres, which is supported by a strong workforce of 45 nationals.

Key features of the Centre include:

Submission of applications beyond the normal processing hours with Prime Time service
Experience personalised service by our dedicated staff with our Premium Lounge service
Form Filling Assistance with our team of experts who complete the paperwork from start to finish, at the Visa Application Centre
SMS service facility to track your application
Photocopy and photograph services at an additional cost

For more updates (including details on operational days and timings), applicants can visit our website:

VFS Global has a long-standing relationship with the Republic of South Africa since 2010. Currently, we service the Department of Home Affairs through a network of 45 Visa Application Centres in 18 countries.    

South Africa Visa Application Centres

Address in Lubumbashi:  Office No 5 , 2nd Floor, Hypnose Building,826 Av. Mama Yemo, Lubumbashi

Address in Kinshasa:  Immeuble Future Tower, Blvd du 30 Juin, N° 3642, C/Gomb Kinshasa


Business Hours: 0800 hrs -1500hrs (Monday to Friday, except holidays)

*VFS Global will be responsible only for accepting applications for client missions. All applications submitted will continue to be assessed and processed by the respective client missions. Timelines for turnaround are as per the discretion of the authorities.

About VFS Global:
VFS Global is the world’s largest outsourcing and technology services specialist for governments and diplomatic missions. VFS Global is the trusted partner of 70 client governments, operating a global network with more than 3,300 Application Centres in 149 countries. The company has processed over 272 million applications since its inception in 2001. The company manages non-judgmental and administrative tasks related to applications for visa, passport, and consular services for its client governments, enabling them to focus entirely on the critical assessment task. VFS Global has its headquarters in Zurich/Switzerland.

VFS Global is majority-owned by funds managed by Blackstone, the world’s largest alternative asset manager. The Swiss-based Kuoni and Hugentobler Foundation and EQT, a global investment organisation, headquartered in Stockholm/Sweden, hold minority stakes in VFS Global.