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 (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.

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

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