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.
President Cyril Ramaphosa is deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Isilo Samabandla, King Goodwill Zwelithini KaBhekuzulu.
His Majesty passed away in hospital on the 12th of March 2021.
“This sad news come at a time when we had all been hopeful that His Majesty was recovering well in hospital where he had been over the past few weeks,” the President said.
The President has offered his sympathies and prayers to the Royal Family, to the Zulu nation, and to the people of KwaZulu-Natal and beyond – for whom the Ingonyama was an important symbol of history, culture and heritage.
“His Majesty will be remembered as a much-loved, visionary monarch who made an important contribution to cultural identity, national unity and economic development in KwaZulu-Natal and through this, to the development of our country as a whole.”
Media enquiries: Tyrone Seale,
Acting Spokesperson to the President
Issued by: The Presidency
Further information may also be found here.
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.
We are pleased to launch our new website and hope you find it useful in these difficult and uncertain times.
There are many updates for the website planned, so please bear with us as we implement them. For the moment, we’ve added the most critical information you need to access the services of the High Commission and stay up-to-date in the rapidly changing circumstances created by the current pandemic.