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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|Categories: News|

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|Categories: Home Affairs, News|

SERVICES AT 15 WHITEHALL (HOME AFFAIRS)

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.

POSTAL APPLICATIONS

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
London
SW1A 2DD

Website: www.southafricahouse.uk

PASSPORT COLLECTION

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|Categories: Home Affairs|

Virtual event to unveil the new signage at O. R. Tambo Recreation Ground

Haringey Council agreed to rename Albert Road Recreation Ground O. R. Tambo Recreation Ground to highlight Oliver Tambo’s legacy in the borough and worldwide.

The event was live-streamed out via Facebook.

Watch below:

19 March 2021|Categories: News|

President Cyril Ramaphosa mourns passing of King Goodwill Zwelithini KaBhekuzulu

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
Pretoria

https://www.gcis.gov.za/newsroom/media-releases/president-cyril-ramaphosa-mourns-passing-king-goodwill-zwelithini

Further information may also be found here.

 

12 March 2021|Categories: News|

Proudly South African Buy Local Summit & Expo

10 March 2021|Categories: News|

SONA Speech

On Thursday, 11 February 2021, HE President Cyril Ramaphosa delivered his State of the Nation Address.

A copy of his speech can be downloaded below:

11 February 2021|Categories: News|

ALL DOWNLOADBLE FORMS AND EXAMPLE OF COMPLETED FORMS:

Right click to access the all of the forms below.

Third party collection

Registration of marriagedivorce

Registration of Marriage

Registration of divorce

Death registration

Consent for issuance of a passport to a minor

Certificate of no impediment

Birth, marriages and death certificates guidance

BI246

Application for marriage certificate

Application for death certificate

Application for certificate of no impediment

MINOR CHILDREN FOREIGN PASSPORT

Commissioner of Oaths

Birth Registration 14 and older

Birth registration 1 to 7 years

Birth registration over 31 days to 1 year

Identity Document

Retention of South African Citizenship

Requirements for Emergency Travel

Requirements for Child Passport

Requirements for Adult Passport

Renunciation

Determination of citizenship

Change of Surname Minor

Change of Surname Adult

Change of Forename Adult

Birth registration within 30 days

EXAMPLES OF COMPLETED FORMS

 

 

20 November 2020|Categories: Uncategorised|

Announcement – Minor children on a foreign passport

13 November 2020|Categories: Home Affairs|

UPDATE

Services at Whitehall remain suspended until the UK government has eased or lifted restrictions in England. Postal applications are currently NOT being accepted.
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Alert level 1 (South Africa)

Re-opening of borders (As updated from Gazette 43897 of 11 November 2020)

Gazetted regulations

The 18 land borders which were partially operational, will be fully operational, and the 34 land borders which were closed, will remain closed.

Traveling to and from the Republic is allowed, subject to sub regulations (3).

All international travel will resume subject to-
(a) the traveller providing a valid certificate of a negative test which was obtained not more than 72 hours before the date of travel; and
(b) in the event of the traveller’s failure to submit a certificate as proof of a negative test, the traveller will be required to quarantine him or herself at his or her own costs.

International air travel is restricted to the following airports-
(a) OR Tambo International Airport;
(b) King Shaka International Airport; and
(c) Cape Town International Airport.

Daily commuters from neighbouring countries who attend or teach at a school in the Republic, and who are allowed entry into and exit from the Republic, subject to compliance with protocols relating to-
(a) screening for COVID-19 and quarantine or isolation, where necessary;
(b) the wearing of a face mask;
(c) transportation; and
(d) sanitisation and social distancing measures as per the relevant health protocols on safety and prevention of the spread of COVID-19.

All commercial seaports will be opened.

Small crafts will be allowed entry into seaports, in-line with health and border law enforcement protocols.

Travelling to South Africa

Travellers intending to visit the country will be expected to produce a PCR  (polymerase chain reaction) test that is not older than 72 hours from the time of departure from the country of origin to South Africa. This test must be conducted by a certified medical practitioner and should have the name and signature of the practitioner who conducted such test.

Upon arrival in the port of entry, the traveller will be screened for any COVID-19 symptoms or for contact with people who have been infected with the COVID-19 virus.

Travellers will also need to provide proof of accommodation address should they need to  self-quarantine at the time of arrival in the country.

Should the traveller display any COVID-19–related symptoms or been in contact with an infected person(s), they will be expected to take a mandatory COVID-19 test.  This test will be at the traveller’s cost.  If the COVID-19 test comes back positive, the traveller will be subjected to a 10 day quarantine at a designated site.  The accommodation at a quarantine site will be at the traveller’s cost.

President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on 11 November 2020 that “we are also opening up international travel to all countries subject to the necessary health protocols and the presentation of a negative Covid-19 certificate”.

12 November 2020|Categories: Uncategorised|

Services at Whitehall

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.

Passports collection

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.

Other applications

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.

6 November 2020|Categories: Home Affairs, News|
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