• 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

Please be reminded that the flight which was scheduled to depart Washington- Dulles International Airport on 4 May 2020 has been rescheduled for Saturday, 9 May 2020.

The Embassy is currently processing the passenger list for this flight which will be submitted to SAA for confirmation.

South Africans are asked to take note that whilst the Embassy and the Consulates have received the proof of payments and your passport information on behalf of SAA, reservations and ticketing are done exclusively by SAA.

SAA will confirm and issue air tickets to passengers via the email provided upon registration.

Payments for the repatriation flight of 9 May 2020 are now closed. No new payments will be accepted and the Embassy shall not take any responsibility for payments received after 04 May 2020 16:00 (ET). South African citizens are encouraged to respond to officially sanctioned communication from the Embassy in Washington DC or Consulates in Chicago, Los Angeles and New York only.

Airport Procedures for 9 May 2020

The SAA ticket counter at Washington-Dulles International Airport will be open four (4) hours prior to departure for passenger and baggage check-in.  All passengers must be checked-in 90 minutes prior to departure.

Please remember to bring your own personal protective equipment to the airport: face mask, gloves and sanitizer.

Whilst passengers have been cleared by DIRCO and other Government Departments to be repatriated, any passenger who displays COVID-19 symptoms at the time of boarding will not be allowed to board the flight. (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html)