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 (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.

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

16 June is commemorated annually in South Africa as Youth Day and forms part of the greater celebrations of Youth Month. The origins of this holiday lie in 16 June 1976, when a group of students in Soweto led protests against the sub-standard and inferior Bantu Education system which was designed for black South Africans by the apartheid government.

Today, marks 44 years since these students and many others across the country stood up against the apartheid government, risking their lives in the fight for equality and freedom in South Africa. Since then many other youth-led movements have pushed for further freedoms including: the decolonization of education within tertiary institutions, end to systemic racism within institutions, the removal of racist symbols from our communities and free higher education.

The current protests calling for an end to police brutality against African Americans and racial discrimination in the United States are another example of the power of young people to mobilise against injustice and push for societal change.

Time and time again, young people have led change and continue to demonstrate to us all that meaningful democracy, equality, social justice, access, integrity and compassion should form the pillars of our society.

From all of us at the Embassy in Washington, DC, I would like to wish all young people a wonderful Youth Day and remind them to continue to work towards positively shaping South Africa’s socio-economic landscape and building our country.

-Ambassador Nomaindiya Mfeketo

View President Ramaphosa’s Youth Day Message