Applicants who are waiting for their passports to be issued by the Department of Home Affairs in Pretoria may apply for a temporary passport in case of emergency. A temporary passport is issued by the Embassy upon the approval of the Department of Home Affairs. Temporary passports are issued valid for a period of one year. To process the application, it takes three (3) weeks or longer.
Temporary passports may not be issued without application for a tourist/regular passport in case of expired/lost passport
Please Note: If you plan to travel to/via another country, please contact the relevant Embassies to enquire whether you can make use of a temporary passport as some countries do not allow visitors to enter on a South African temporary passport such as Belgium, Canada, Germany, Holland, Luxembourg, UK, etc. As this is the responsibility of the traveller, the Embassy accepts no liability in this regard.