Thank you for visiting our official website, we hope you will find the information useful, whether you are planning to visit South Africa or are interested in remaining current with the activities of the South African Embassy in Washington DC.
The Mission is committed to inculcating the spirit of Ubuntu and the “Batho Pele” (People First) principles, in the provision of its services; which is reflective of our country’s values of putting humanity central to all that we do. South Africa is open for business and continues to provide a wealth of opportunities for those looking at investing in an emerging market that boosts a stable democracy, incredible infrastructure and world class financial systems.
We remain a premier destination for tourism and always welcome an opportunity to welcome you to our country of beautiful scenery, wildlife, beaches and amazing climate. What is more important however is that you will meet culturally diverse South Africans, waiting to welcome you to our rainbow nation!
Should you need more information, I encourage you to reach out to me and my team through our provided contact details, which you will find on this website.
Deputy Chief of Mission: Ms Yoliswa Mvebe
South African Embassy in the United States of America
South African Citizens
South African citizens planning to travel or transit through the Italian Republic, the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Republic of Korea, the Kingdom of Spain, the Federal Republic of Germany, the United States of America, the United Kingdom, the French Republic, the Swiss Confederation and the People’s Republic of China presently identified as high risk countries, as well as the European Union, should refrain from doing so. This includes all forms of travel to or through identified high risk countries. South African citizens are also to refrain from traveling on cruise ships due to the inherent risks involved in such travel as recent experiences have shown. This is effective immediately, until further notice. Non-essential travel to other countries should also be cancelled or postponed.
South African citizens returning from high-risk countries (including the U.S.) will be subjected to testing and self-isolation or quarantine on return to South Africa.
South African citizens should be aware that there are health risks when they travel and should check the travel and health notices for COVID-19 at their destinations. Increased health screening measures at ports of entry for international destinations, which may include entry requirements, border closures, flight suspensions and quarantines, can be expected.
South African citizens should contact the South African Mission/Consulate in the country of their destination, to inform them of their presence in the country and provide them with information such as contact details, duration of stay, etc.
All entry, regardless of compliance with visa requirements, of foreign travelers with ordinary passports, travelling from or transiting through high-risk countries presently identified as the Italian Republic, the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Republic of Korea, the Kingdom of Spain, the Federal Republic of Germany, the United States of America, the United Kingdom, the French Republic, the Swiss Confederation and the People’s Republic of China is prohibited until further notice. No applications for visas by foreign travelers from high-risk countries will be approved. Visas already issued are revoked with immediate effect for travelers that have not yet entered South Africa.
Visa waiver agreements with countries identified by the Department of Health as high- and medium-risk will be suspended from dates that will be advised through Travel Alerts.
Any foreign national who has visited high-risk countries in the past 20 days will be denied a visa.
Any foreign national affected by these travel restrictions who needs to travel to South Africa for emergency or compelling reasons may contact the nearest South African mission or consulate to apply for a visa. Such visa applications will be considered on merit and on a case-by-case basis.
The above restrictions exclude holders of diplomatic passports and travel documents issued by international organisations as well as their family members accredited to the Republic of South Africa, and holders of official/service passports. The travel restrictions will also not apply to the crew members of aircraft and cargo ships, as well as cross border rail and road transportation workers. However, such travelers will be subjected to medical screening and if required, can be isolated or quarantined for a minimum period of 14 days.
All International Travelers
All international travelers, including South African citizens, entering South Africa will be required to complete and submit the prescribed Health Form and hand it to Health officials and Immigration officers upon arrival.
All travellers will be subjected to medical screening for COVID-19 upon entering South Africa and if required, can be isolated or quarantined for a minimum period of 14 days. Over and above the normal immigration requirements, entry into South Africa is subject to a passenger’s cooperation with officials conducting tests.
Travellers from medium-risk countries as identified by the South African Department of Health will be required to undergo high intensity screening.
All travelers who have entered South Africa from high-risk countries since 15 February 2020 will be required to present themselves for testing.
South Africa has placed restrictions on attendance of international meetings. All organisers or attendees of international meetings are strongly advised to confirm whether attendance will be permitted before travelling to South Africa.
Travelers from South Africa to the U.S.
U.S. citizens who are currently in South Africa and wish to return to the U.S. should consult their local Embassy/ Consulate for information. A
Issues pertaining to the operation of the Embassy
- The Embassy is operational as per normal working hours 08:00 – 16:30 on 16 and 17 March 2020.
- In an effort to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19, the Embassy will modify its operations starting 18 March 2020 to 31 March 2020. During this time working hours will be Monday-Thursday, 10:00-15:00 and Friday, 10:00-14:00.
- The Embassy will update these changes, as informed by developments regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.
- In view of this, all South African Citizens requiring essential civic and immigration services are required to make an appointment via email prior to coming to the Embassy.
- The Embassy asks that you cooperate by not visiting the Embassy if you have one or more of the following:
- undergoing treatment for COVID-19
- Have been in contact with an infected person
- Are on self-quarantine
- have any symptoms such as a dry cough, fever and are generally not feeling well
- The Embassy has hand sanitisers in place in its consular offices, however we still urge members of the public to exercise good hygiene practices, cough etiquette and regular hand-washing. Visitors considered “high-risk” – exhibiting symptoms may be offered a surgical mask during interactions with Embassy personnel.
- The Embassy is exercising social distancing measures and replacing all personal meetings with teleconferences where possible.
For reliable information regarding COVID-19 developments in South Africa and globally please consult the following websites:
Emergency Contact Points
- Ms C. Ramaru: Ramaruc@dirco.gov.za / 202.413.1953 (Immigration queries and appointments)
- Mr T. Ratshitanga: Ratshitangat@dirco.gov.za / 202.390.6402 ( General queries regarding the response to COVID-19)
Issued by the Embassy of South Africa
3051 Massachusetts Ave, NW
Updated March 17, 2020
Embassy of South Africa to Participate in 8th Annual Embassy Showcase—Winternational
This free event, presented by World Trade Center Washington, DC will connect the DMV community with the culture and traditions of over 50countries
Washington, D.C. – Joining over 50 other embassies, the Embassy of South Africa will be featured at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center’s (RRB/ITC) 8th Annual Embassy Showcase, Winternational, from 11 AM – 3 PM, Thursday, December 5, 2019. The event is presented by World Trade Center Washington, DC (WTCDC), which oversees the trade mission of the RRB/ITC, exclusively managed by TCMA (A Drew Company).
Last year, more than 4,000 guests attended this lively celebration of international culture, travel, tourism and trade.
The Embassy of South Africa will offer opportunities for 1:1 interviews with staff members and exhibitors and will showcase their culture and traditions through visual arts displays, handcrafts, as well as travel and tourism information. Guests have the opportunity to travel to South Africa and learn its history and customs—all within the lunch hour!
Watch scenes from last year’s Winternational here.
WHAT: Winternational – 8th Annual Embassy Showcase
WHO:Embassy of South Africa in partnership with WTCDC and the following Embassies:
Afghanistan, African Union, Armenia, Australia, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Cote d’lvoire, Czech Republic, Egypt, Eritrea, European Union, Gabon, Georgia, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guyana, Haiti, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Malawi, Malta, Mauritius, Moldova, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Oman, Paraguay, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Qatar, Russia, Sri Lanka, St. Kitts & Nevis, Saudi Arabia, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam.
WHEN:Thursday, December 5, 2019 11:00am – 3:00pm ET
WHERE: Atrium, Atrium Hall
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, D.C.
HOW:Free & Open to the Public. Ticket registration requested here.
Ms Z. Ngwane
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center (RRB/ITC)
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center is a dynamic hub for government, business, culture and community, in the heart of the nation’s capital. As the first and only federal building dedicated to both public and private use, the Reagan Building is the official World Trade Center Washington, DC (WTCDC), and a premier conference and event venue with executive office space, attractions, dining, retail, parking, and community activities.
Through the World Trade Centers Association, WTCDC utilizes a global network of 750,000 affiliated business from 326 trade centers in over 100 countries to maximize its connections and capabilities. With this extended network, WTCDC works diligently to ensure the RRB/ITC offers a rich mix of signature events such as high profile economic summits, conferences and cultural programs. These initiatives foster international dialogue, enhance diplomacy, and generate business opportunities. Visit www.rrbitc.com or follow us @ReaganITCDC.
TCMA (A Drew Company)
Trade Center Management Associates (TCMA) is the exclusive manager of Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center (RRB/ITC). TCMA’s team specializes in International Trade Services, Real-Estate Management and Hospitality. For more information, visit www.drewcompany.com.
We are holding the 2nd Mandela Run/Walk to honor the legacy of Tata and continue to celebrate the spirit of unity, community and respect for our fellow mankind. Fletcher’s Cove Park run has graciously offered to co-host the event and will partner with the Embassy of South Africa in Washington DC, to celebrate the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela.
- All first time runners/walkers should please register for the Fletcher’s Cove parkrun at: https://www.parkrun.us/register/\. Only participants with the parkrun registration barcode will be eligible to participate and due to limited spaces a RSVP is a requirement.
- For more details on Fletcher’s Cove parkrun, click here: http://www.parkrun.us/fletcherscove/.
The South African Government condemns the recent violent attacks which have taken place in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa and has called for the restoration of calm.
The attacks which have involved the looting of shops, destruction of private property and illegal blockades constitute as criminal activities and are in contravention of the rule of law of the country. The South African Police Service (SAPS) has been deployed to the affected areas and is working to restore calm and address the situation. Several arrests have already been made; Since Sunday, 423 people have been arrested for violence-related offences in Gauteng and 21 suspects have been arrested in relation to truck violence in KwaZulu-Natal.Those who have been arrested will face the full might of the law and the Government urges all members of the community to exercise vigilance and to work with law enforcement agencies to root out criminality.
South Africa is a multicultural society and welcomes the diverse integration amongst people of all backgrounds that live in it. Furthermore, our Constitution protects the rights of all living in South Africa. The Government calls for robust dialogue and engagement with discontented communities and denounces any justification for criminality; grievances held by communities must be raised within the confines of the law.
South Africa remains committed to fostering continental peace and unity, and views itself as an integral part of the African continent.
The South African Embassy wishes all South Africans a happy Youth Day!
Every year on 16 June, South Africa commemorates the 1976 Soweto Uprising in which high school learners stood up against the apartheid government. With the advent of democracy in 1994, 16 June gained formal recognition as an important public holiday in the history of South Africa and the entire month of June came to be equally celebrated as youth month.
This year’s Youth Month coincides with the commemoration of 25 years of Freedom and Democracy and has been themed, “25 Years of Democracy: A celebration of youth activism”.
Youth Day is a pivotal reminder of the role that young people played in the struggle for freedom and democracy in South Africa. The Class of 1976 exposed to the international community the brutality of apartheid and in turn ignited a global force of resistance against the country, which became instrumental in dismantling apartheid.
Today, 43 years later, 16 June provides a moment of reflection on the great strides that the country has taken towards addressing issues facing the youth in South Africa. One such issue is education- the youth of ‘76 fought for equal and quality education for all and Government is seized with providing opportunities for all South African to be educated and gain the right skills to grow the economy. Government’s investment into the Technical Vocational Education and Training colleges as well as National Student Financial Aid Scheme, are only some of the ways in which we are delivering skills and training that are essential to addressing the skills gap in our economy.
Further to this, Youth Month also recognizes and celebrates the collective agency and activism of young people in South Africa and the roles that they must take up as active and responsible citizens; who are also participants and leaders in the democratic structures and processes of South Africa.
One of the ways in which the Embassy will be observing Youth Day is through supporting the I Am, We Are (IAWA) benefit reception, to be held at the Embassy. IAWA is a United States of America and South Africa registered non-profit which empowers youth in the Royal Bafokeng Nation, South Africa.
- Date: 20 June 2019
- Read More: https://iawareception.eventbrite.com.
The Embassy of the Republic of South Africa, alongside I Am, We Are (IAWA) will be hosting IAWA’s Fourth Annual Benefit Reception
Under this year’s theme, “I Am A Masterpiece,” we will celebrate the masterpiece in the making and work of art that is each of us. Through art we will immerse attendees in I Am, We Are’s journey while giving them an opportunity to learn more about our participants.
The reception will include live entertainment and both a virtual and live silent auction. Hors d’ouevres and beverages will be served. Auction goes live June 1st and closes on June 20th. View auction items at http://bit.ly/MasterpieceAuction.
I Am, We Are is a youth development programme which strives to empower South African youth with the tools they need to confidently own their futures. Read more at: https://www.iamweareyouth.org/
Parking: There are no parking facilities for the public at the Embassy, although street parking sometimes can be found nearby. We highly recommend a shared ride.
Ticket Sales and Refunds: Limited tickets are available. No tickets will be available at the door. All sales are final. Refunds issued only in the event that reception is cancelled.
The Embassy of the Republic of South Africa wishes the African Diaspora in the United States of America a very Happy Africa Day!
Africa Month is celebrated annually during the month of May in recognition of the establishment of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) on 25 May 1963 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The OAU was founded with the primary goal of uniting all African nations through political, economic and cultural integration, as well as the eradication of all forms of colonialism and white minority rule.
In 2002, the OAU was replaced by the African Union (AU). Through this historic move the founding principles of unity were expounded upon towards the idea of an African Renaissance and to include: the deepening of African unity and solidarity amongst states, acceleration of political and economic integration, preservation of sovereignty and the territorial integrity of states, protection of human rights, promotion of democratic principles, maintenance of peace & security and critically, the advancement of Africa’s development and position within the global economy.
This year, South Africa celebrates 25 years of Freedom and Democracy; accordingly, South Africa has chosen to commemorate Africa month 2019 under the theme “Celebrating 25 Years of Democracy: Building a Better Africa and a Better World”. This theme speaks to the active role that South Africa plays in the development and renewal of the African continent and avails an opportunity for the country to recommit itself to a common prosperous African destiny, as espoused by the 2063 African Agenda. South Africa’s own national interests are intrinsically linked to the continental stability, unity and prosperity of Africa.
As we celebrate Africa Day this year, let us be reminded of our common African identity, promote the preservation and use of our indigenous languages, deepen and expand our understanding of each other as Africans and express tolerance amongst ourselves.
The Month of May is celebrated annually as ‘Africa Month’, to mark the establishment of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), now the African Union (AU), on 25 May 1963. Africa month commemorates the beginning of the continent’s quest for unity, the political and economic emancipation of its people, as well as co-operation among them. It is also a moment of reflection on the progress that Africa has made and the common challenges still facing continent.
The AU has named 2019 the year of refugees, IDPS and returnees; highlighting one of the challenges faced by the continent. Africa hosts more than one-third of the world’s refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs)—many of whom are fleeing ongoing conflicts. This phenomenon not only impacts upon those fleeing but also on the host communities and the complex humanitarian challenges they consequently face.
Join the U.S. Institute of Peace, the African Ambassadors Group, and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars for a discussion on forced displacement in Africa. The panel conversation will highlight African policy responses to displacement at the national, regional, and continental level, discuss current and anticipated challenges, and brainstorm innovative approaches.
Date: 23 May, 2019
Time: 9am -11am
Venue: U.S. Institute of Peace , 2301 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20037
For more information and to RSVP your attendance please see: https://www.usip.org/events/managing-forced-displacement-africa
You can also follow the conversation with #AfricaDayUSIP
Please take note of the special voting process summarized below.
The LoVE Organisation is turning 10! To celebrate, LoVE, in partnership with the Embassy of South Africa will host a fundraising South African braai paired with beautiful wines. LoVE is an American-based organisation supporting several children’s AIDS orphanages in Kwazulu Natal, South Africa.
- Date: 10 May 2019
- Tickets are $75: https://cbo.io/Loveusa/ECTickets
President Cyril Ramaphosa has condemned violence against foreign nationals in South Africa and called on law enforcement agencies and law-abiding citizens to identify perpetrators and bring them to book.
The President has therefore welcomed today’s engagement between Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Lindiwe Sisulu and Minister of Police Bheki Cele, and the African diplomatic community in South Africa.Today’s meeting has been convened to discuss the current spate of violence against foreign nationals and their properties.
President Ramaphosa says there can be no justification for criminality and that if communities are disaffected for any reason, grievances must be raised with government and must be done within the confines of the law.
President Ramaphosa says recent violence against Malawian and other nationals in KwaZulu-Natal is particularly regrettable on the eve of Freedom Month which in 2019 celebrates 25 years of freedom.
“As South Africans, we owe our freedom to the solidarity and support given to our liberation struggle by people across our Continent and around the world. “Today, our economy and society benefits from our extensive trade and investment relations with partners on our continent and many of our continental compatriots live in South Africa where they are making important contributions to the development of our country.
“African development depends on the increased movement of people, goods and services between different countries for all of us to benefit. We will not allow criminals to set back these processes.”
Minister hands over donations made by South African citizens, companies and members of the Diplomatic Corps to assist in the aftermath of #Cycloneldai
The Bokamoso Youth Foundation invites you to an evening of traditional South African Music at the Embassy of the Republic of South Africa.
Bokamoso Tour 2019 Schedule : http://www.saembassy.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/2019-Bokamoso-Performance-Flyer-Rev-2Front.pdf
The South African Embassy in Washington will be closed from Monday 24 December, 2018 and will reopen and resume normal operations on Wednesday 2 January, 2019.
The Embassy will be closed Thursday, March 21 in observance of South African Human Rights Day holiday.
Normal office hours will resume Friday, March 22.
Q: Is the Embassy repatriating South African Citizens?
A: The Mission is awaiting instructions from Head Office in terms of how assistance will be provided to distressed South Africans. Priority will be given to those who are stranded at airports, running out of accommodation, the elderly and the sick.
Appeal is made to those South African citizens who can afford to return, to do so at their own cost
Q: My Visa will be expiring and I can’t leave the U.S., what can I do?
A: In the case of your visa expiring, you may apply for an extension beyond the time indicated on the I-94 form through the following process:
- File Form 1-539 (Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status, with USCIS)
- Accessed through the following: https://www.uscis.gov/i-539
Q: I am running out of financial funds and am stuck in the U.S., what can I do?
A: Family members in South Africa are able to transfer funds via Western Union or MoneyGram. Where citizens have a U.S. bank account, funds can be transferred directly via international EFT.
Q: My employer is facilitating a charter flight for South African employees, what assistance can the Embassy give?
A: The Embassy maybe contacted to assist with obtaining flight clearances in South Africa for chartered flights.
Q: I cannot get through to the Embassy, who else can I contact for assistance?
A: The officials at the South African Embassy in Washington, DC are always available to assist, however, the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) has also established a dedicated 24-hour Command Centre:
+2712 351 1754 or +2712 351 1756
Q: My Passport needs to be renewed, how can I apply for a passport during this time?
A: Emergency civic services (Emergency Travel Certificates, passports etc) are being rendered strictly by appointment, please contact Ms C. Ramaru: Ramaruc@dirco.gov.za
The Embassy of the Republic of South Africa in Washington, DC wishes to advise and encourage South African Citizens residing and presently in the United States (U.S.) to kindly inform the Embassy or their nearest South African Consulate(s) of their presence. Please see below the relevant jurisdictions for each State:
Embassy of South Africa in Washington, DC:
Alabama, District of Colombia, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Texas, Virginia, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands
South African Consulate General in Chicago:
Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Wisconsin
South African Consulate in Los Angeles:
Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming
Send to: Nepfumbadas@dirco.gov.za
South African Consulate New York City:
Connecticut, Delaware, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, West Virginia
In your email please include the following information:
Your Full Name, Current location, Email, Contact Number, Passport/ID Number
Kindly also please provide details of your next of kin to contact in South African in the event of Emergency.
Inquiries related to the following:
Immigration Services: Ms Constance Ramaru – 202 486 8118
Consular Services: Mr Pastor Matigwato – 202 290 6383
COVID19 related enquiries: Mr Thilivhali Ratshitanga – 202 390 6402
Embassy of the Republic South Africa
25 March 2020