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

Mr. Malose Letsoalo
Minister (Economic)
Telephone: (202) 274-7977


The Economic and Commercial Affairs Office at the South African Embassy in Washington, DC is the representative office of the South African Department of Trade and Industry (the dti).

The primary focus of the Economic and Commercial Affairs Office is to raise the level of trade between South Africa and the United States, to expand U.S. foreign direct investment into South Africa and to nurture the bi-lateral South Africa-United States economic relationship.

Trade Promotion

In collaboration with Trade and Investment South Africa we promote the export of South African value-added goods and services to the United States through:

  • Assisting U.S. companies to source products and services from South Africa by identifying potential suppliers for U.S. importers and buyers
  • Assisting visiting U.S. buyers to South Africa with locating suppliers and arranging meetings
  • Assisting South African exporters with relevant market intelligence that will enable them to understand and access the U.S. market
  • Assisting South African exhibitors at trade shows
  • Promoting South African products and services at business events

Investment Promotion

We promote U.S. foreign direct investment into South Africa through:

  • Providing linkages to investment opportunities in South African sectors and industries
  • Assisting U.S. investors to navigate the South African business/investment environment
  • Assisting U.S. investors with site visits, logistical arrangements and program coordination
  • Providing information on available investment incentive packages

Bi-lateral South Africa-United States economic relationship

In 2016 the U.S. was the second largest export partner to South Africa, and South Africa’s largest source of imports globally. Total bilateral trade between South Africa and the U.S. amounted to $11.4 billion in 2016. In 2016 the U.S. sourced $6.8 billion of products from South Africa and exported $4.7 billion of goods to South Africa.

Major South African exports to the U.S. include: Motor vehicles, parts and accessories; industrial machinery; Diamonds, gems and jewelry; precious metals and other metal products; Chemicals; pharmaceutical preparations; Fruit, frozen fruit juices and nuts; and wine

We seek to nurture and expand the bi-lateral South Africa-United States economic relationship through:

  • Lowering of barriers to trade between South Africa and the U.S.
  • holding dialogue and strategic discussions on trade and investment between our two countries within the parameters of the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) which was signed between the governments of South Africa and the U.S.
  • Holding consultative discussions and cooperative work on a diverse range of trade issues centered on customs cooperation, technical barriers to trade, sanitary and phytosanitary measures, and trade and investment promotion via the Trade, Investment, and Development Cooperative Agreement (TIDCA) which was signed between the Southern Africa Customs Union (SACU) and the U.S. South Africa is a member of SACU.
  • Remaining engaged and safeguarding South Africa’s eligibility for the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) which is a U.S. trade preference program providing duty-free treatment into the U.S. market.

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