In terms of the Immigration Act No. 13 of 2002 as Amended and its Regulations any prospective student to the Republic of South Africa, must provide proof of medical cover with a medical scheme registered in terms of the Medical Schemes Act, 1998 Act 131 of 1998.
Although you might be able to secure a study visa with other types of medical products, be they South African or otherwise, the University of the Witwatersrand only accepts South African Medical Aid products.
To comply with the regulations, the University requires a membership certificate as proof of full Medical Aid cover with a South African based medical aid scheme for the full calendar year, until 31 December of that year.
To avoid unnecessary complications, please make the necessary financial arrangements with the medical aid provider prior to your entry into South Africa. Should you rely on sponsorship, please ensure that you advise your sponsor of this requirement as soon as you get sponsorship or acceptance. The required medical aid cover fee must be paid directly to the Medical Aid Company, separate to that of the tuition fees.
Students will not receive a Clearance Certificate unless they can show a membership certificate as proof of a valid and comprehensive medical aid cover for the duration of the academic year (until 31 December), without a Clearance Certificate they cannot register at the Institution.
Students who are members or dependents on a South African based parent/guardian/spousal/work medical aid are required to present a recent membership certificate for the annual registration. The membership certificate must reflect active membership for the current year.
Medical Aid providers with weekly consulting hours on Wits campus:
0860 112 4636
CompCare Wellness Medical Scheme
0860 102 493 OR +27 (0)12 671 8511
The above products have guaranteed that cancellation of coverage will not be refunded without written communication from the International Students Office confirming the student’s deregistration/completion status.
For other SA Medical Aid Products to be considered:
The certificate/letter confirming membership must be for the current year.
For more details about all Medical Aid providers in South Africa, contact:
SA Medical Scheme Council
0861 123 267 OR +27 (0)12 431 0500