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.
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
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.
Right click to access the all of the forms below.
Emergency Travel Document
South African citizens who already lodged applications for Emergency Travel Documents will be contacted individually and will be provided with a collection date, the date will be on a Tuesday or Thursday. Dates will be allocated according to date of Travel as per air tickets submitted.
People who were scheduled for November 2020 appointments to lodge Emergency Travel Document applications will be provided dates to submit applications, dates will be provided according to dates of travel. Emergency cases involving bereavement will receive priority.
If you have received notification that your passport is ready for collection, please use the postal option, procedure is on the notification email. Passports/Certificates will be dispatched once a week until the office re-opens.
Please continue to send your applications by post.
Letters of retention will be processed and dispatched once a week during lockdown, until the office re-opens.