Applying for a Passport

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Passport and Visa
If you are a South African citizen and you are travelling to another country, you will need to have a South African passport.

There are various types of passports, with different application fees applicable to each type.

 
Tourist Passport 
 
Visitor's passports are issued to South African citizens over the age of 16.

To apply, you need to complete form DHA-73 and submit it at a Home Affairs domestic office or, if you are overseas, at a South African embassy or mission.

You must also:

It will take about 10 weeks to process the application and issue the passport.

This passport is valid for 10 years.

Visas

In addition to a passport, South African citizens are also required to have travel visas for certain countries / destinations overseas.

Find out what the visa requirements for South African passport holders are. 


Child's Passport  

This passport is issued to South African children under 16.

To apply, you need to complete form DHA-73 and submit it at a Home Affairs domestic office or, if you are overseas, at a South African embassy or mission.

You must also:

It will take about ten weeks to process the application and issue the passport.

This passport is valid for five years. 


Official's Passport  

Passport and Visa Applications

This passport is issued to South African officials who are travelling on official government business. 

To apply, you need to complete form DHA-73 and submit it at a Home Affairs domestic office or, if you are overseas, at a South African embassy or mission. 

You must also: 

This passport is valid for five years. 


Emergency Travel Certificate  

This document can be issued to South African citizens who need to travel urgently and there is insufficient time to process a passport application.

To apply, you need to complete form DHA-73 and submit it at a Home Affairs domestic office or, if you are overseas, at a South African embassy or mission.

You must also:

It will take about one week to process the application and issue the certificate.

This certificate is valid for nine months and can only be used for a single journey.


Temporary Passport 

This passport is issued to South African citizens who must travel urgently for a valid reason and cannot wait for their proper passports to be issued.

To apply, you need to complete form DHA-73 and submit it at a Home Affairs domestic office or, if you are overseas, at a South African Embassy or Mission.

You must also:

It will take approximately one week to process the application and issue the temporary passport.

This certificate is valid for 12 months. 


Document for Travel Purposes   

Document for Travel Purposes

This document is issued to people with permanent residence in South Africa who cannot get travel documents from their own countries, for example refugees and stateless persons lawfully residing in South Africa.

To apply, you need to complete form DHA-73 and submit it at a Home Affairs domestic office or, if you are overseas, at a South African embassy or mission.

You must also:

It will take about ten weeks to process the application and issue the temporary passport. You can track and trace the progress of your application on the Department of Home Affairs website.

This document is valid for five years.

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New Specification for Passport and ID Photos

For more information, visit the Department of Home Affairs website or contact your nearest Home Affairs Office.

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View the passport fees issued by the Department of Home Affairs.

The content on this page was last updated on 14 November 2014