|British Consulate / Passports Description
Every person seeking to enter South Africa must be in possession of a valid passport and where necessary, a visa. Also that the passport is valid for a period of more than six months after date of departure from South Africa.
PLEASE NOTE - Your PASSPORT must have at least one clean page (Both Sides ) For the South African Immigration visitor Sticker / Stamp.
IF YOU DO NOT HAVE THIS CLEAN PAGE,(Both Sides) - YOU WILL NOT BE GRANTED ENTRY INTO SOUTH AFRICA
Tourists may be asked to satisfy immigration officers that they have the means so support themselves during their stay, and that they are in possession of return or onward air tickets.
A visitors permit is now for ONLY 90 DAYS. In only exceptional circumstances can this be extended by personal application to the Dept of Home Affairs in South Africa
**************SA’s REVISED VISA REGULATIONS --- UPDATE 26th OCTOBER 2015**************
Cape Town - South Africa is overhauling its controversial visa regulations that saw a 6% decrease in arrivals, the worst industry performance since 2009 at the height of the global financial crisis – but the changes are not in effect as yet.
The Cabinet approved recommendations by the Inter Ministerial Committee (IMC) tasked with evaluating the immigration rules and its unintended consequences are expected to be implemented during the next three months.
Cabinet said all other administrative issues affecting the relevant departments will be resolved through inter-departmental engagements, without compromising the safety of the children travelling to and from the country.
Introduced in June, the new rules required visitors to apply for visas in person at South African embassies to have their biometric information taken as well for children travelling in and out of South Africa to produce an unabridged birth certificate, which details the particulars of both the mother and the father of the child.
NOTE -- IMC DECISION TAKEN: Visa requirements for foreigners travelling to SA revised -:
Here's what you need to know about the department of home affairs changes to SA's visa rules:
- In countries where there is no South African mission, the department of home affairs will accept applications by post.
- This will apply for tourist and medical visitors only.
- Postal applications will see biometrics of travellers, including finger prints and photos, captured on arrival at ports of entry.
- Biometric pilot site ports of entry are OR Tambo Airport, King Shaka Airport, Cape Town International Airport.
- Countries like China, India and Russia, certain measures will be put in place to ease the process of application, in particular for tourists.
- South African children travelling out of the country will still be required to submit the current child-travel requirements, including a parental consent affidavits as a means to protect the minors
- The validity of this affidavit will be extended to no longer than 6 months.
- Details of parents will also be printed in passports, so that parents whose particulars are printed would therefore not be required to carry the birth certificates. (However the DHA advises that this form of identification still be carried as a form of proof.
- For inbound travellers, the proof of original birth certificates or certified copies would only be required during the application process, as this is in line with practise in many other countries. (As is the case with the South African Children travelling in and out of South Africa, the DHA advises that this form of identification still be carried and will reserve the right to investigate suspected child trafficking on a case by case basis.)
- Cabinet also approved changing the term “unabridged birth certificate” to “birth certificate containing parental details”.
- DHA is also considering long-term multiple entry visas for frequent travellers.
The DHA said, “Cabinet has mandated DHA to put in place the necessary legal instruments to give effect to this decision. The status quo will remain until such time the DHA has provided a legal instrument for this category of travellers. In the meantime travellers are encouraged to comply.”
IMPORTANT INFORMATION TO RENEW A BRITISH PASSPORT WHILE RESIDENT SOUTH AFRICA ===============================================================================
If you need to RENEW your British passport while residing in South Africa this can ONLY be done by an ONLINE application & payment, then sending the relevant documents by courier to the UK. For this procedure & correct documentation requirements please click -: HERE .
You can only apply for the renewal of a British Passport within 6 months of the expiry date
NOTE - Please click on the website link below for a step by step procedure. Payments can only be made by Visa/Mastercard (forms on website)
WEBSITE - : ukinsouthafrica.fco.gov.uk/en
GUIDANCE NOTES -: Please click - HERE
Contact the Passport Advice line
Telephone: +44 (0) 300 222 0000 or +44 (0) 843 504 7225
Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm (UK time)
Saturday, Sunday and public holidays, 9am to 5:30pm (UK time)
For those whose passports have recently been lost or stolen can apply, if need be, for an Emergency Travel Document at the Embassy or High Commission of their nationality.
PLEASE NOTE - South African Permanent Residence 'Sticker' in your British passport . The Dept of Home Affairs is no longer endorsing permanent resident permits into the passports of the holders of permanent resident status. This means that the foreigner must travel with the original permanent residence permit or the original South African ID – it is obviously wiser and safer to travel with the South African identity document.
For Temporary & Permanent Residence status requirements and guidance please see the Eisenberg De Saude category above
BRITISH HIGH COMMISSION
255 Hill Street,Arcadia 0002, Pretoria, South Africa.
Consular Section: 256 Glyn Street, Hatfield 0083, South Africa
Switchboard/ General Enquiries : 0027 (0)12 421 7500
0044 208 082 4743 Passport Enquiries - UK Premium Service Line
0861 837 221 Visa Enquiries from within South Africa
+27 11 3996373 Visa Enquiries from outside South Africa
BRITISH CONSULATE GENERAL OF UNITED KINGDOM.
15th Floor, Southern Life Centre,
Cape Town. 8001
TELEPHONE - 0027 (0)21 405 2400
FAX - 0027 (0)21 405 2455
It is also worth noting that the British Consulate in Cape Town only do CASH tranactions. eg - Driving Licence validation letters etc