South African passports are issued only in Pretoria, South Africa. However, applications must still be submitted or forwarded to the applicable South African representative office.Applications take six (6) months or more to be finalized.
Emergency travel certificates are issued at South African missions abroad and take only three (3) weeks to be finalized.
Types of Passports and Corresponding Requirements
- Regular Passports
Regular South African passports are issued to South African applicants who are 16 years old and older. They are valid for 10 years and are not renewable. When South African passports expire, new passport applications will have to be filed.
- Child Passports
Child passports are issued to children who are fifteen years and below. These passports are not renewable. On their expiry, applications for new passports will have to be filed.
- Emergency Travel Certificates
Emergency Travel Certificates are issued to South Africans who have to travel back home urgently for reasons of death, sickness or any other emergency. It is in a page form and may be issued with validity ranging from a month to a year. Applicants for emergency travel certificates must also apply for permanent passports.
- Maxi Passports
Maxi passports are 48-page documents meant for frequent travelers. They are the same as regular passports (valid for 10 years) except that they have extra pages to provide for more visa pages.