Notice: No parking facilities for the public at the Embassy
  • 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.
Consular Section Special Notice

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.
Special Notice: White House Tours

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 ( 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 ( 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.

SA Tourism

Special Notice:White House Tours

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

Consular section hours of operation:

  • Submit applications: Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 12:00 noon
  • Pick up: Monday – Thursday: 8:30 am – 4:00 pm. Friday: 8:30 am – 12:00 noon
  • Lunch break: Monday – Thursday: 12:45 pm – 1:15 pm
  • Observed Holidays 2017:

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.


For Immigration and Civic Services Matters:

Ms Constance Ramaru
First Secretary:  Immigration and Civic Services
Telephone: 202-745-6658

For Consular Services Matters:

Mr Sente Paster Matigwato
Third Secretary:  Consular Services
Telephone: 202-745-6647

Consular Services:

Kindly note instructions on the link below before contacting Consular Services


  • The Consular section is located at:
    3051 Massachusetts Avenue NW Washington DC 20008
    Tel: 202-274-7992
  • Consular and Immigration Services contact phone numbers:
    Passports: 202-274-7974 and 202-274 -202-274-7983
    Visas and Permits: 202-274-7994 and 274-7985
    Consular after hours “EMERGENCY” phone number: 202 229 4182
  • Transit Visas:
    All travellers transiting through the following international airports are exempted from transit visas
    1) OR Tambo International
    2) Cape Town International
    3) King Shaka and
    4) Lanseria
    Deportees transiting must be in possession of transit visas. Travellers utilising land ports of entry to transit through South Africa should apply for Port of Entry Visas.
  • Advisory:
    New requirements for children travelling through South African ports of entry effective 1 June, 2015 The new requirements for children travelling to or from the Republic of South Africa take effect on 1 June 2015. The requirements are aimed at establishing the principle that all minors require the consent of their parents when traveling into or out of the Republic. Read more: ADVISORY DHA For more information please visit:
  • Important Information on Visas:
    Effective 10 May 2015, applicants for visas will be required to apply in person at the South African mission. No appointment necessary. 
  • Notice:
    The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) has provided a grace period to allow children to travel without unabridged birth certificates, until 30 September 2014. The requirement of the unabridged birth certificate will come into effect from 01 October 2014. The above is an interim measure to allow prospective travellers sufficient time to obtain the necessary unabridged birth certificate.”
  • Frequently Asked Question (FAQ):
    Question: Do I need a yellow fever certificate?
    Answer: Only applicants who previously travelled to countries that have yellow fever are required to submit the certificate.
    Question: How many empty pages do I need to have in my passport?
    Answer: At least one empty page must be reserved for stamps at the port of entry.
    Question: What is the acceptable validity of passport to enter South Africa?
    Answer: Passport MUST be valid no less than 30 days after the expiry of intended visit.