Please note that issuance of Temporary Passports has been discontinued from 1 September 2014.
A passport is a document issued by a national government for international travel and it certifies the identity and nationality of the holder.
Applicants should note that In terms of section 26(B) of the South African Citizenship Act, 1995, it is a punishable offence for a South African citizen of 18 years and older to leave or enter South Africa on a foreign passport.
South African passports and travel documents are issued in terms of the South African Passports and Travel Documents Act, 1994, and the related Regulations.
To bring it in line with the latest Passport technology and security standards, the Passport has now been re-designed. The new passport was introduced from April 2009 and existing passports will remains valid until their individual expiry dates.
Permanent South African passports and travel documents (machine-readable documents) are printed only in Pretoria, South Africa, from where they are dispatched to the offices of application. Applications made within South African borders can be submitted to any office of the Department of Home Affairs; applications made outside of the country can be submitted to your nearest South Africa embassy or mission.