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: http://www.saembassy.org/observed-holidays/
- 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.
Mr Mudimeli N G
First Secretary: Immigration and Civic Services
- The Consular section is located at:
3051 Massachusetts Avenue NW Washington DC 20008
- 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
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.
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: http://www.dha.gov.za/index.php/statements-speeches/621-advisory-new-requirements-for-children-travelling-through-south-african-ports-of-entry-effective-1-june-2015
- 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.
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.