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 ( 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 ( 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

 Introduction to SARS

The South African Revenue Service is a government agency responsible for the administration of Tax and Customs legislation in South Africa.


The South African Revenue Service Act (No.34 of 1997) mandates SARS to:

  • Collect all revenues due
  • Ensure optimal compliance with tax and customs legislation
  • Provide a customs service that will optimise revenue collection, protect our borders and facilitate legitimate trade.


SARS is an innovative revenue and customs agency that enhances economic growth and social development that supports the country’s integration into the global economy in a way that benefits all South Africans.


SARS values are:

  • Mutual respect and trust
  • Equity and fairness
  • Integrity and honesty
  • Transparency and openness
  • Courtesy and Commitment

On this page you will be able to find useful information regarding Tax and Customs questions that you may have. This will range from general information about South Africa’s Taxations system, general questions for travellers visiting South Africa to more specific aspects such as the customs implications for temporary or permanent relocation to South Africa.

Should you find that you specific question is not addressed or you need further information please send an email to to obtain the required information.

Tax information

The following path to the SARS website ( contains publications and brochures covering various tax types administrated by SARS. In addition to publications such as “Taxation in South Africa” you will also find information on the following tax types:

Customs information