• There are no parking facilities for the public at the Embassy, although street parking spaces sometime can be found nearby. However, If you plan to visit the Embassy for consular services, please plan to arrive by public transportation or drop-off.

Attention Applicants:

  • The South African Embassy in Washington DC will no longer accept $16.00 fee but prepaid envelope from FedEx and USPS with tracking number with immediate effect to facilitate return services.

The White House website advised that nationals from foreign countries interested in a tour of the White House should request their Embassy in Washington DC to arrange a tour. However, the US State Department requires that foreign nationals be accompanied by the most senior diplomats. Unfortunately, due to the strict requirements, time and resources compulsory for these tours, the Embassy is not in a position to arrange White House tours. Those interested may wish to take a virtual tour of the White House here.

Alternatively, visitors may also consider a tour of the US Capitol Building (https://www.visitthecapitol.gov/plan-visit) and the Pentagon in Washington DC. Requests for visiting the US Capitol Building can be submitted up to three months in advance and no less than 21 days prior to the visit. For a tour of the Pentagon (https://pentagontours.osd.mil/) visitors may request tickets from 14 days up to 90 days prior to the tour. Visitors’ passports are required for entry. There are also many museums to visit in DC and they are free of charge.

The Embassy of South Africa cannot arrange tours of the White House for South African citizens. The US Department of State has advised us that, at present access for foreign citizens to White House tours as part of an Embassy-sponsored public tour group, is on hold. We are therefore unable to process any requests at this time.
We will post an update to the website immediately if conditions change

Public Diplomacy

Please note that the Embassy will resume its office hours on Monday, 8 June 2020. For South African Citizens in distress and requiring Civic Services, please see contact below to make an appointment:

Ms C. Ramaru: RamaruC@dirco.gov.za / 202.413.1953

Fellow South Africans,

Today we celebrate 26 years of South Africa’s democracy, as we mark Freedom Day.

 A day on which millions of hopeful South Africans, united in our diversity casted our   vote for the first time for a new South Africa.

27 April 1994 would bear semblance to our hopes and aspirations for an equal, just, democratic and non-racial society in which all could leave freely.

We celebrate Freedom Day this year in the background of an unprecedented global health crisis for which we do not yet have a solution or cure.

The Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) has in some way affected every community and individual within our interconnected global village. As South Africa’s Ambassador to the United States, I am part of those experiencing firsthand the seriousness of this disease.

One of the ways in which I have particularly experienced the effects of this pandemic has been through the Embassy’s daily interaction with our fellow countrymen who have been stranded in the United States; in the aftermath of the global closing of borders as country’s (including South Africa) attempt to curtail the spread of the disease and protect lives.

This is a difficult time for all, and the pressures are particularly exacerbated for all those South Africans who are not in the comfort of home and with loved ones.

We are not unsympathetic to the times and share your frustrations at the time that it is taking to get you back home. We remain committed to doing so however and are still engaging daily with airlines and Government to achieve this objective.

Whilst we are still in the throes of this crisis and experiencing the daily discomforts and anxieties thereof; we should not stop clinging onto the hope to overcome in the same way that our fallen heroes clung to the hope of a free and democratic South Africa.

The human spirit is resilient to the challenges we are confronted with and whilst this may seem like an impossible situation, our capacity to conquer is more powerful as every icon of freedom in our history has shown us.

South Africa will overcome. We will use the genius that is our people and richness of our country’s resources to not only restore what has been lost during this time but to build an even more resilient economy that addresses the needs of all who live in it.

Fellow South Africans;

For the first time in our history, freedom day will be celebrated differently both at home and abroad, for our part, consistent with the World Health Organization Protocols,  we will not host our picnic nor host freedom our day reception.

Happy Freedom Day South Africans, stay safe, stay at home, and save lives.

[View video]: http://www.saembassy.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Ambassadors-Freedom-Day-Message-1.mp4

Issued by:

South American Embassy

3051 Massachusetts Ave NW

Washington DC

Please be reminded that the flight which was scheduled to depart Washington- Dulles International Airport on 4 May 2020 has been rescheduled for Saturday, 9 May 2020.

The Embassy is currently processing the passenger list for this flight which will be submitted to SAA for confirmation.

South Africans are asked to take note that whilst the Embassy and the Consulates have received the proof of payments and your passport information on behalf of SAA, reservations and ticketing are done exclusively by SAA.

SAA will confirm and issue air tickets to passengers via the email provided upon registration.

Payments for the repatriation flight of 9 May 2020 are now closed. No new payments will be accepted and the Embassy shall not take any responsibility for payments received after 04 May 2020 16:00 (ET). South African citizens are encouraged to respond to officially sanctioned communication from the Embassy in Washington DC or Consulates in Chicago, Los Angeles and New York only.

Airport Procedures for 9 May 2020

The SAA ticket counter at Washington-Dulles International Airport will be open four (4) hours prior to departure for passenger and baggage check-in.  All passengers must be checked-in 90 minutes prior to departure.

Please remember to bring your own personal protective equipment to the airport: face mask, gloves and sanitizer.

Whilst passengers have been cleared by DIRCO and other Government Departments to be repatriated, any passenger who displays COVID-19 symptoms at the time of boarding will not be allowed to board the flight. (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html)

Payments that have already been made:

  • Please note that for everyone that has already made their payments to SAA for a flight and has their proof of payment as well as the biometric page of their passport to Mr Msiza (Msizas@Dirco.gov.za) and Ms Moleko (MolekoF@dirco.gov.za), these are being received and processed as per the guidelines given to the Embassy by SAA for each passenger.  
  • Current SAA ticket holders: SAA is giving credit to tickets already issued.

Issuance of tickets:

  • Please note that the issuance of all tickets is being done exclusively by SAA and not the Embassy.
  • Please be informed that all those who registered with either the Embassy or its Consulates (Chicago, Los Angeles and New York) by Monday, 27 April 2020 have already been cleared by DIRCO and Home Affairs, and their information has already been sent to SAA.
  • At this stage, the Embassy has no control over how the allocations will be made by SAA and the respective dates of travel for everyone. The Embassy has urgently requested this list from SAA so that we may directly contact everyone and inform them of their travel itinerary.

Flight Updates:

  • Flight scheduled 2 May is now full.
  • All new payments being processed as of today, 1 May, are for the flight on 3 May.
  • Flight scheduled for 4 May 2020 has now been moved to 9 May 2020.

Many of you are struggling to get through via the phone lines and email responses, this is due to the high volume of emails and calls currently being received, we are trying our best to get to everyone- in an effort to assist us do this please do not send multiple emails on the same issue if you have already done so.

We thank you for your continued patience during this time and we are still working hard to ensure that everyone gets assisted and home.

 Please continue to route communications as per norm through the Embassy/ Consulate Contact Person where you registered.

Washington, DC: MatigwatoP@dirco.gov.za / MsizaS@dirco.gov.za

Chicago: MiyamboM@dirco.gov.za / BawutiN@dirco.gov.za

Los Angeles: NepfumbadaA@dirco.gov.za

New York: KgwatlaE@dirco.gov.za  / SolomonA@dirco.gov.za

The South African Embassy and its Consulates in the United States wish to advise Citizens of the repatriation flights from the US to South Africa:

Flight Details

May 2, 2020

South African Airways Flight #2208

Depart Washington-Dulles 7:40PM

Arrive Johannesburg 5:10PM (May 3)

Cost Economy – R15 150.00

Business – R35 000.00 (*Business Class in-flight catering will be the same as Economy Class except for more personal space and a complete lie-flat seat)

May 3, 2020

South African Airways Flight #2208

Depart Washington-Dulles 7:40PM

Arrive Johannesburg 5:10PM (May 4)

Cost Economy – R15 150.00

Business – R35 000.00 (*Business Class in-flight catering will be the same as Economy Class except for more personal space and a complete lie-flat seat)

May 9, 2020

South African Airways Flight #2208

Depart Washington-Dulles 7:40PM

Arrive Johannesburg 5:10PM

Cost Economy – R15 150.00

Business – R35 000.00 (*Business Class in-flight catering will be the same as Economy Class except for more personal space and a complete lie-flat seat)

Payment Details

Please note that payments for the repatriation flight of 9 May 2020 are now closed. No new payments will be accepted.

Updated 4 May 2020


Embassy of South Africa Embassy in Washington, DC

Dear South Africans, I trust that you are safe and well under the circumstances. My deepest condolences to those who have lost loved ones from COVID-19 and a speedy recovery to people in hospitals, nursing homes and in isolation owing to the virus.

I arrived in the United States, as the local COVID-19 epidemic was taking root. We are all alarmed at the rate at which this disease has spread and the escalating mortality rate. In response, we have had to scale down operations in order to protect workers and the public. Even so, we remain open to service our fellow South Africans.

In the midst of the travel restrictions which have been introduced globally; a sizeable number of people find themselves stranded in the United States. We have responded to numerous enquiries from people who have reached out to us and we have been working tirelessly to find ways of getting you home. It has been a complex process, as it involves South Africans who are widely spread across the United States for a number of reasons.

Compatriots, the flight that we hoped would leave Washington, D.C. for South Africa on 20 April 2020 has not been confirmed as there are many factors to be considered for such an exercise. The only flight that left the United States from Miami during the lockdown period was chartered by a caring employer for his employees on 15 April 2020.  

As Ambassador of South Africa in the United States of America, I am committed to providing you with the official information as we work on the project of repatriation led by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation and other agencies.

Guided by our philosophy of UMuntu nguMuntu NgaBantu; we are determined to demonstrate the caring Government that we are. Accordingly, the South African Embassy in Washington DC and our Consulates in Chicago, Los Angeles and New York; will continue to render Consular Services to all stranded South African Citizens abroad.

The South African Embassy has attended to over a thousand enquiries from distressed South African Nationals. All of the enquiries received are being considered and we have developed a database for possible repatriation. We are sensitive to the fact that it is taking longer than we all would like to see.

My team and I commit to leave no stone unturned to ensure that we reach an acceptable solution.

I wish to emphasise that the South African Embassy and our Consulates are the official source of information regarding repatriation.

Please remain safe and continue to observe the social-distancing measures in place within your various States.

We thank you for your patience.

Issued by the Embassy of South Africa in Washington, DC on 19 April 2020.

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:

Cicc1@dirco.gov.za or Cicc2@dirco.gov.za

+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

Send to: ngwanez@dirco.gov.za ; copy: ratshitangat@dirco.gov.za; matigwatop@dirco.gov.za 

South African Consulate General in Chicago:

Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Wisconsin

Send to: miyambo@dirco.gov.za and bawutin@dirco.gov.za and copy: chicagoc@dirco.gov.za

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

Send to: consulate.ny@dirco.gov.za or consular.ny@dirco.gov.za

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

Issued by:

Embassy of the Republic South Africa

Washington DC

25 March 2020