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.

Important Information on Visas

Effective 10 May 2015, applicants for visas will be required to apply in person at the South African mission.

The Consular section is located at:

3051 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington DC 20008
Tel: 202-274-7992

Hours of operation:

  • Submit applications: Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 12:00 Noon
  • Pick up: Monday – Thursday: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm. Friday: 8:30 am – 2:00 pm
  • Lunch break: Monday – Thursday: 12:45 PM – 1:15 PM


“ 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.”


Consular and Immigration Services contact phone numbers:

  • Passports: 202-274-7974 and 202-274 -202-745-6636
  • Visas and Permits: 202-274-7994 and  274-7985
  • Consular after hours “EMERGENCY” phone number: 202 229 4182

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.


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.
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Consular Section Special Notice

The Consular section is Relocated Back to Massachusetts Avenue, Embassy Row, as of 24th of March, 2014

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Special notice about the 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.

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