• 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

Thank you for visiting our official website, we hope you will find the information useful, whether you are planning to visit South Africa or are interested in remaining current with the activities of the South African Embassy in Washington DC.

The Mission is committed to inculcating the spirit of Ubuntu and the “Batho Pele” (People First) principles, in the provision of its services; which is reflective of our country’s values of putting humanity central to all that we do. South Africa is open for business and continues to provide a wealth of opportunities for those looking at investing in an emerging market that boosts a stable democracy, incredible infrastructure and world class financial systems.

We remain a premier destination for tourism and always welcome an opportunity to welcome you to our country of beautiful scenery, wildlife, beaches and amazing climate. What is more important however is that you will meet culturally diverse South Africans, waiting to welcome you to our rainbow nation!

Should you need more information, I encourage you to reach out to me and my team through our provided contact details, which you will find on this website.

Deputy Chief of Mission: Ms Yoliswa Mvebe

South African Embassy in the United States of America

The 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children Campaign (16 Days Campaign) is a United Nations campaign which takes place annually from 25 November (International Day of No Violence against Women) to 10 December (International Human Rights Day).
Together, let us take actions to support the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign.

We are holding the 2nd Mandela Run/Walk to honor the legacy of Tata and continue to celebrate the spirit of unity, community and respect for our fellow mankind. Fletcher’s Cove Park run has graciously offered to co-host the event and will partner with the Embassy of South Africa in Washington DC, to celebrate the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela.

  • All first time runners/walkers should please register for the Fletcher’s Cove parkrun at: https://www.parkrun.us/register/\. Only participants with the parkrun registration barcode will be eligible to participate and due to limited spaces a RSVP is a requirement.
  • For more details on Fletcher’s Cove parkrun, click here: http://www.parkrun.us/fletcherscove/

The South African Government condemns the recent violent attacks which have taken place in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa and has called for the restoration of calm.

The attacks which have involved the looting of shops, destruction of private property and illegal blockades constitute as criminal activities and are in contravention of the rule of law of the country. The South African Police Service (SAPS) has been deployed to the affected areas and is working to restore calm and address the situation. Several arrests have already been made; Since Sunday, 423 people have been arrested for violence-related offences in Gauteng and 21 suspects have been arrested in relation to truck violence in KwaZulu-Natal.Those who have been arrested will face the full might of the law and the Government urges all members of the community to exercise vigilance and to work with law enforcement agencies to root out criminality.

South Africa is a multicultural society and welcomes the diverse integration amongst people of all backgrounds that live in it. Furthermore, our Constitution protects the rights of all living in South Africa. The Government calls for robust dialogue and engagement with discontented communities and denounces any justification for criminality; grievances held by communities must be raised within the confines of the law.

South Africa remains committed to fostering continental peace and unity, and views itself as an integral part of the African continent.


The Department of Trade and Industry’s Economic representative recently hosted a group of visiting Executive MBA students from Canada’s University of Athabasca School of Business for a seminar on Doing Business in South Africa.