• 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

Payments that have already been made:

  • Please note that for everyone that has already made their payments to SAA for a flight and has their proof of payment as well as the biometric page of their passport to Mr Msiza (Msizas@Dirco.gov.za) and Ms Moleko (MolekoF@dirco.gov.za), these are being received and processed as per the guidelines given to the Embassy by SAA for each passenger.  
  • Current SAA ticket holders: SAA is giving credit to tickets already issued.

Issuance of tickets:

  • Please note that the issuance of all tickets is being done exclusively by SAA and not the Embassy.
  • Please be informed that all those who registered with either the Embassy or its Consulates (Chicago, Los Angeles and New York) by Monday, 27 April 2020 have already been cleared by DIRCO and Home Affairs, and their information has already been sent to SAA.
  • At this stage, the Embassy has no control over how the allocations will be made by SAA and the respective dates of travel for everyone. The Embassy has urgently requested this list from SAA so that we may directly contact everyone and inform them of their travel itinerary.

Flight Updates:

  • Flight scheduled 2 May is now full.
  • All new payments being processed as of today, 1 May, are for the flight on 3 May.
  • Flight scheduled for 4 May 2020 has now been moved to 9 May 2020.

Many of you are struggling to get through via the phone lines and email responses, this is due to the high volume of emails and calls currently being received, we are trying our best to get to everyone- in an effort to assist us do this please do not send multiple emails on the same issue if you have already done so.

We thank you for your continued patience during this time and we are still working hard to ensure that everyone gets assisted and home.

 Please continue to route communications as per norm through the Embassy/ Consulate Contact Person where you registered.

Washington, DC: MatigwatoP@dirco.gov.za / MsizaS@dirco.gov.za

Chicago: MiyamboM@dirco.gov.za / BawutiN@dirco.gov.za

Los Angeles: NepfumbadaA@dirco.gov.za

New York: KgwatlaE@dirco.gov.za  / SolomonA@dirco.gov.za