Visa Requirements and Waivers



Meeting all visa and customs requirements is an individual responsibility of each participant. Please consult the South African Embassy in your country to find out whether you require a visa, and if so, what requirements are set forth for obtaining it. Youth Leadership Europe will assist you in the visa application process to the best of its abilities, however such assistance will be limited to providing you with an invitation letter and some other supporting documents. YLE will only make calls to the Embassies in exceptional cases.


Visa requirements vary from country to country. It is therefore recommended that you contact nearby South African Embassy to clarify your questions. The list of embassies can be found here



Visa Assistance Policy


Please Note:


The official acceptance to the International Youth Leadership Conference DOES NOT automatically entitle you to the Authorized Letter of Invitation, even if you make a conference fee payment (without prior approval of your request).

Youth Leadership Europe reserves a right to refuse your request for an Authorized Letter of Invitation without explanations. After the receipt of your Conference and Administrative fees, your name will be added to the waiting list, which is formed on the first come, first served basis. Once your turn comes, YLE will apply for an approval from the South African authorities.

Youth Leadership Europe does not provide any guarantees as to the amount of time necessary to receive an approval from South African travel department. The process may take anywhere from 1 to 6 months.

In case Youth Leadership Europe fails to obtain the approval on time for you to process your visa, your attendance will be deferred to the next conference with the spot on the waiting list reserved.

No requests for Authorized Letter of Invitation will be considered after February 1st and August 1st respectively for winter and summer conferences.