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Immigration Act, 2002 (Act No. 13 of 2002)

Temporary Residence

17. Medical treatment visa


(1) A medical treatment visa may be issued to a foreigner intending to receive medical treatment in the Republic for longer than three months by—
(a) the Department, as prescribed, or
(b) the Department through the registrars office or a designated official of an institution where the foreigner intends to receive treatment, provided that such institution—
(i) has been approved by and is in good standing with the Department;
(ii) certifies that it has received guarantees to its satisfaction that such foreigner’s treatment costs will be paid;
(iii) in the case of a minor, provides the name of a person present in South Africa who is, or has accepted to act, as such minor’s guardian while in the Republic or certifies that such minor will be accompanied by a parent or guardian to the Republic;
(iv) undertakes to provide a prescribed periodic certification that such foreigner is under treatment; and
(v) undertakes to notify the Department when such foreigner has completed his or her treatment.


(2) When so requested by and after consultation with the Department of Health, the Director-General shall determine an ad hoc fee for the issuance of medical treatment visas in respect of institutions which are publicly funded or subsidised.


(3) A medical treatment visa does not entitle the holder to conduct work.