Please check the list of holidays Missions will observe this year.

Write your email address on the upper right-hand corner of your application form to receive updates on the status of your application.


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: [email protected]

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: [email protected]

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: [email protected]

The South African Embassy in Washington, DC

3051 Massachusetts Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20008
Tel: (202) 232-4400
Fax: (202) 244-9417
Email: [email protected]

South African Passport

Important Notice:

Discontinuation of Temporary Passports

Please note that issuance of Temporary Passports has been discontinued from 1 September 2014.

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.

Please write your email address on the top right corner of your BI-73 application form.

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.