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Welcome Message

Thank you for visiting the official website of the South African High Commission in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK). Whether you are planning to visit South Africa, are keen to pursue economic interests in South Africa or are interested in the activities of the High Commission, we hope that you find the information useful.

Placing humanity at the centre of all of our activities, in particular the provision of service to our clients, the High Commission staff subscribes to “Batho Pele” (Putting People First) and to the principles of “Ubuntu.” These are reflective of the values that a democratic South Africa upholds, as we seek to create a better South Africa for all who live in it. The High Commission in the UK serves to contribute to the creation of a better South Africa through its engagement with the government and people of the United Kingdom.

South Africa’s democracy is a robust one. While we acknowledge that we have many challenges, we are not defined by it and therefore, we endeavour to constantly highlight the successes we have achieved, as a relatively young democratic nation.

South Africa remains a premier tourism destination characterised by youthfulness, beautiful wildlife, pristine beaches and breath-taking scenery, vibrant cultural and heritage offerings, unique cuisine, exciting adventure, an amazing climate and, a people collectively invested in providing you with your best experience yet.

South Africa is also open for business! As an emerging market economy, we boast world-class infrastructure, a highly developed and sophisticated banking system, an independent judiciary, the largest ports on the African continent and, our greatest asset – our highly resourceful people – who are ready to get to work and get the job done.

Update on Civic Issues and the DHA-9 form

All South African Citizens including dual citizens living abroad must keep their South African passports valid at all times when abroad.  It is advisable to apply for your new passport 12 months before expiry of your current passport.

South African citizens must enter and depart South Africa with their valid South African passport only.  A South African citizen entering South Africa with a foreign passport will be subjected to a fine or imprisonment (in terms of the South African Citizenship Act, 1995)

All births registrations must take place within 30 days of the birth of a child (in terms of the Births and Deaths Registration Act, 1992.)

Application Forms and Information

DHA 24 (all categories) and DHA 9 have a unique bar code therefore cannot be downloaded because an original form is required. These can be completed at the office during the appointment.

20 April 2021|

Message of condolence on the passing of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

9 April 2021 – 5:30pm

President Cyril Ramaphosa has, on behalf of the Government and people of South Africa, expressed his deep condolences to Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, on the passing of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

As the husband of Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip was the longest-serving consort in the history of the British monarchy.

Prince Philip passed away on Friday, 9 April 2021, at the age of 99.

President Ramaphosa says South Africa’s thoughts and prayers are with Her Majesty, the Royal Family, the Government and people of the United Kingdom as they mourn their loss.

The President says Prince Philip was a remarkable public figure who lived an extraordinary life and who will be fondly remembered by many people around the world.

Media enquiries: Tyrone Seale, Acting Spokesperson to President Ramaphosa

Issued by: The Presidency
Pretoria

14 April 2021|

2021 List of Public Holidays observed by the South African High Commission

Date Public Holiday
1 January New Year’s Day
2 April Good Friday
5 April Easter Monday/Family Day
27 April Freedom Day
3 May May Day
31 May Late May Bank Holiday
16 June Youth Day
9 August National Women’s Day
30 August August Bank Holiday
24 September Heritage Day
16 December Day of Reconciliation
27 December Day of Goodwill
30 March 2021|

Re-opening of Whitehall

OPENING OF HOME AFFAIRS OFFICE 15 WHITEHALL LONDON: 29 MARCH 2021

Further to the updated application procedure notice below, please be advised that the office will re open on 29 MARCH 2021.

We thank you for your patience and understanding during this difficult time. We endeavour to keep everyone safe during your visit at our office. Social distancing measures remain in force. Entry will not be permitted unless a mask is being worn.

21 March 2021|
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