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SOUTH AFRICAN MISSIONS
IN THE UNITED STATES:

The South African Consulate General
in Chicago, Illinois
200 South Michigan Avenue, 6th Floor
Chicago, IL 60604
Tel. (312) 939-7929
Fax: (312) 939-2588
Email
Website

The South African Consulate General
in Los Angeles, CA
6300 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 600
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Tel. (323) 651-0902
Fax: (323) 651-5969
Email
Website:

The South African Consulate General
in New York City
333 East 38th Street,
9th Floor
New York NY 10016
Tel: (212) 213-4880
Fax: (212) 856-1575
Email
Website

The South African Embassy in Washington, DC
3051 Massachusetts Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20008
Tel: (202) 232-4400
Fax: (202) 244-9417
Email
Website

Welcome!

This website is a joint project of the Embassy in Washington, DC and the Consulates General in Chicago, Los Angeles and New York.


Notice of Office Closure

Please note that our offices will be closed on Friday, 4 July 2014 and will resume normal operations on Monday, 7 July 2014.


Immigration Directive No. 11 of 2014:
Children traveling withouth unabridged birth certificate

1 July 2014

The Department of Home Affairs has provided a grace period to allow children to travel without unabridged birth certificates until 30 September 2014.  The requirement of the unabridged birth certificate will come into effect from 1 October 2014.  The above is an interim measure to allow prospective travelers sufficient time to obtain the necessary unabridged certificate.


Changes in South African Immigration Policies

26 May 2014

The following are important information with regards to changes in South African immigration policies. The South African Immigration Act, 2010, has been approved and the date for commencement was communicated as of May 26, 2014.

The following regulations must be adhered to effective immediately:

· Passengers traveling to South Africa must be in possession of a passport with two unused pages required for endorsements. The two unused pages when presented for purposes of endorsing a port of entry visa, visa, permanent residence permit or entry of departure stamp.

· The passport must be machine readable however, the foreigner may be admitted into or depart from South Africa with a non-machine readable passport provided that:

(a)   He or she is from a foreign country that is issuing machine readable passports and has not completely phased out the non-machine readable passports; and

(b)   His or her passport was issued after 24 November 2005 and its date of expiry is before 24 November 2015.

· Any child who is in alternative care as defined in the Children’s Act, shall, before departing from the Republic of South Africa, produce a certified copy of an authorization letter from the Provincial Head of the Department where the child resides as contemplated in section 169 of the Children’s Act.

· Where parents are traveling with a child, such parents must produce an unabridged birth certificate of the child reflecting the particulars of the parents of the child.

· In the case of one parent traveling with a child, he or she must produce an unabridged birth certificate and:

(a)   Consent in the form of an affidavit from the other parent registered as a parent on the birth certificate of the child authorizing him or her to enter into or depart from the Republic of South Africa with the child he or she is traveling with; 

(b)   A court order granting full parental responsibilities and rights or legal guardianship in respect of the child, if he or she is the parent or legal guardian of the child; or

(c)   Where applicable, a death certificate of the other parent registered as a parent of the child on the birth certificate,

· Provided that the Director-General may, where the parents of the child are both deceased and the child is traveling with a relative or another person related to him or her his or her parents, approve such a person to enter or depart the Republic with such a child.

· Where a person is travelling with a child who is not his or her biological child, he or she must produce:

(a)   A copy of the unabridged birth certificate of the child;

(b)   An affidavit from the parents or legal guardian of the child confirming that he or she has permission to travel with the child;

(c)   Copies of the identity documents or passports of the parents or legal guardian of the child; and

(d)   The contact details of the parents or legal guardian of the child,

· Provided that the Director-General may, where the parents of the child are both deceased and the child is traveling with a relative or another person related to him or her his or her parents, approve such a person to enter or depart the Republic with such a child.

· Any unaccompanied minor shall produce to the immigration officer:

(a)   Proof of consent from one or both his or her parents or legal guardian, as the case may be, in the form of a letter or affidavit for the child to travel into or depart from the Republic: Provided that in the case where one parent provides proof of consent, that parent must also provide a copy of a court order issued to him or her in terms of which he or she has been granted full parental responsibilities and rights in respect of the child;

(b)   A letter from the person which is to receive the child in the Republic, containing his or her residential address and contact details where the child will be residing;

(c)   A copy of the identity document or valid passport and visa or permanent residence permit of the person who is to receive the child in the Republic; and

(d)   The contact details of the parents or legal guardian of the child.


Independent Electoral CommissionElections 2014:
Civic and Immigration Services Offices are
closed on Wednesday, 30 April 2014 due to elections taking place

Voting abroad will take place on Wednesday, 30 April 2014 from 7:00 am to 9:00 pm.  By law it is not possible to vote abroad on any date other than 30 April 2014, and no exceptions will be made. 

Required Documents:

a)  Green, bar-coded ID book; smartcard ID; or valid Temporary Identity
      Certificate; and
b)  Valid South African passport or temporary passport.


NB: Technical Difficulty with Voice Messages

Please note that the voicemail server for all South African missions in the United States is currently down.   As a result, we can receive calls but we cannot receive voice messages.   If you need to contact our offices urgently and cannot reach our staff, please send us emails instead.  We thank you for your patience.

Chicago
:
consular.chicago@dirco.gov.za
Los Angeles
:
info.losangeles@dirco.gov.za
New York
:
consular.ny@dirco.gov.za
Washington, DC
:
consular.wa@dirco.gov.za

Issuing of abridged birth certificates ended in March 2013

Pretoria - The Department of Home Affairs has stopped issuing abridged birth certificates from 4 March 2013 and will only issue unabridged birth certificates to parents of new born babies. Read more.


South African Tourism

Visit the newly designed SATOUR website where you can dive deeper into all the irresistible experiences our country offers. Find out what to do, where to go, and be the first to get access to spectacular deals from preferred travel partners. 

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National Population Registration Campaign

Home Affairs is intensifying its public outreach programme to ensure that each and every citizen, young and old, has been registered on the National Population Register and has the right document at a specified time of their lives.