• 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.
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Dear South Africans, I trust that you are safe and well under the circumstances. My deepest condolences to those who have lost loved ones from COVID-19 and a speedy recovery to people in hospitals, nursing homes and in isolation owing to the virus.

I arrived in the United States, as the local COVID-19 epidemic was taking root. We are all alarmed at the rate at which this disease has spread and the escalating mortality rate. In response, we have had to scale down operations in order to protect workers and the public. Even so, we remain open to service our fellow South Africans.

In the midst of the travel restrictions which have been introduced globally; a sizeable number of people find themselves stranded in the United States. We have responded to numerous enquiries from people who have reached out to us and we have been working tirelessly to find ways of getting you home. It has been a complex process, as it involves South Africans who are widely spread across the United States for a number of reasons.

Compatriots, the flight that we hoped would leave Washington, D.C. for South Africa on 20 April 2020 has not been confirmed as there are many factors to be considered for such an exercise. The only flight that left the United States from Miami during the lockdown period was chartered by a caring employer for his employees on 15 April 2020.  

As Ambassador of South Africa in the United States of America, I am committed to providing you with the official information as we work on the project of repatriation led by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation and other agencies.

Guided by our philosophy of UMuntu nguMuntu NgaBantu; we are determined to demonstrate the caring Government that we are. Accordingly, the South African Embassy in Washington DC and our Consulates in Chicago, Los Angeles and New York; will continue to render Consular Services to all stranded South African Citizens abroad.

The South African Embassy has attended to over a thousand enquiries from distressed South African Nationals. All of the enquiries received are being considered and we have developed a database for possible repatriation. We are sensitive to the fact that it is taking longer than we all would like to see.

My team and I commit to leave no stone unturned to ensure that we reach an acceptable solution.

I wish to emphasise that the South African Embassy and our Consulates are the official source of information regarding repatriation.

Please remain safe and continue to observe the social-distancing measures in place within your various States.

We thank you for your patience.

Issued by the Embassy of South Africa in Washington, DC on 19 April 2020.