Home Affairs2022-12-22T14:18:56+00:00

Department of Home Affairs

The South African High Commission in london will be closed for the Festive Season on Thursday 23 December at 10h00 until Tuesday 03 January 2023 at 09h00.

The office is responsible for Civic and Immigration services. Due to Covid-19 services are currently rendered strictly by appointment.

For the most up-to-date information please see the announcements below.

The office is located at/the physical address is:

South African High Commission
15 Whitehall

Immigration Services: london.visa@dirco.gov.za

Civic Services: london.civic@dirco.gov.za


1) Adult Passport: £ 58.00

2) Maxi Passport: £115.00

3) Child Passport: £58.00

4) Lost/Stolen/Damage Passport: £116.00


We are pleased to inform you that the Department of Home Affairs has outsourced passport services to VFS Global with effect from 01 June 2022. Please book your appointment on the link below:


The following services will still be rendered at the Home Affairs Section of the High Commission by appointment:

1. Notice of birth/ birth registration

2. 1st ID book and ID book replacement (Smart ID Cards are only issued in South Africa)

3. 1st Adult passport i.e. 15 1/2 year olds who have never been issued with an ID book/Smart Card.

4. Amendments i.e. Change of forenames / Change of Surname (NOT due to marriage or divorce).

5. Emergency Travel Certificate

6. Death registration

7. Consent for minor passport applications (For parents in different countries)

The following services are rendered strictly by post:

1. Retention of South African citizenship.

2. Renunciation of South African citizenship.

3. Determination of citizenship status

4. Certificates (Birth, marriage, death, certificate of no Impediment)

For access to forms and guides, please click the button below:

Recent Announcements


Following the announcement of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral on Monday 19th September 2022, The High Commission will observe the bank holiday. Services at 15 Whitehall will resume on Tuesday 20 September 2022.

15 September 2022|

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|

Re-opening of Whitehall


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|


Services at 15 Whitehall (Home affairs) are now rendered strictly by appointment.

In order to minimize the number of people visiting our office, and to keep everyone safe, we encourage postal applications where possible, especially for child passport applications and birth registration.

Please follow the steps below:

Step No 1:

Download guidelines and application forms using this link.

You will provided with DHA 9  to complete at the office during your appointment

Step No 2:

Complete all forms received and prepare your supporting documents per guidelines.

Step No 3:

Send your request for an appointment at: Civic.appointments@dirco.gov.za. The request must include:

Full names and ID number of the applicant as well as the type of Service required.


Step No 1:

Download guidelines and application forms using this link.

Request additional application forms (forms with unique bar code) by sending an A4 Self -addressed pre- paid (1st class Large stamp) envelope (per applicant) with a note stating the forms required and the age of the applicant.

NB: Royal Mail: If the postage stamp on the envelope is insufficient or the envelope is the wrong size, the forms will NOT be mailed to you.

Step No 2:

Fully complete all forms received and prepare your supporting documents per guidelines received.

Post your application forms and requirements to:

South African High Commission
15 Whitehall

Website: www.southafricahouse.uk


Passport collections are strictly from 1400 to 1500 hours Monday to Friday, except on Public holidays. No other services will be rendered during the time allocated for passport collections.

No application forms will be handed out during collection.

19 March 2021|

Announcement – Minor children on a foreign passport

13 November 2020|
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