• 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

statuetteWe plan to unveil a statue of Nelson Mandela outside our renovated embassy in September.  Just as many, from all walks of life, played a role in securing his release to lead the building of a new South Africa, so we would like many to be able to say they had a part in honoring him with this new Washington landmark. In that spirit, we are inviting donations to raise the balance of funding still needed to complete the project.

The 9-foot high work, capturing Madiba as he strode triumphantly into freedom in February 1990, will stand on ground where thousands of Americans had themselves arrested in the 80’s to demand an end to apartheid and help win his release. The statue, a model of which is pictured to the right, is the twin of one that stands at the gate Mandela’s last place of confinement,  Victor Verster prison near Cape Town. It has been cast in South Africa and is awaiting shipment to the US.

You can make you tax-deductible gift via PayPal by clicking on the button below:

Or, if you prefer, you can send a check to South Africa Partners. In the memo section please write: Nelson Mandela Legacy Project. Mail to:

South Africa Partners, Inc.

89 South Street, Suite 701

Boston, MA 02111, USA

For other options and more information, please contact  Johnny Moloto, Deputy Chief of Mission at the South African Embassy: Tel. (202) 745 6613; Cell. (202) 368 5933; e-mail: molotoj@dirco.gov.