Please check the Missions' list of holidays that will observed 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.




For residents of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming including the US Territory of Guam:

The South African Consulate General
in Los Angeles, CA
6300 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 600
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Tel. (323) 651-0902
Emergency: (323) 244-0360

For residents of Connecticut, Delaware, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont West Virginia, British Virgin Islands, St Martins, Bermuda and Cayman:

The South African Consulate General
in New York City
845 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10022
Tel: (212) 692-2401
Emergency: (917) 200-8396

For residents of Alabama, Arkansas, District of Colombia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa,Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma,Texas, Virginia, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands and Wisconsin:

The South African Embassy in Washington, DC
3051 Massachusetts Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20008
Tel: (202) 232-4400
Emergency: (202) 413-1953

South African Passports

Visits to our offices for civic services are strictly by appointment only.
Applicants are reminded to kindly ensure they make an appointment before presenting at the Embassy/Consulate General.

Important Notice:

Attention New York applicants - Please note that with effect from 01 April 2023, passport applications will be done in-person. This notice does not affect Washington DC and Los Angeles.

Discontinuation of Temporary Passports:

Issuance of Temporary Passports has been discontinued from 1 September 2014.

South African PassportSouth 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.













Rev. Tuesday, 19-Sep-2023