Applicants must submit their complete d applications in person during the consular opening hours (Mon-Fri; 09:00-12:00, MUST arrive at the Embassy before 11H00) at the Embassy in Seoul where fingerprints are taken free of charge, copies of original documents certified . Both parents and the child under 18 years must be present at the Embassy when applying for a passport. No appointment is necessary.
A pplications will be forwarded to the Department of Home Affairs in Pretoria for process. It takes 3 to 6 months for process. Th e South African Embassy does not have any influence to speed up the process of passport application.
Emergency Travel Certificate (ETC) is valid only for a single trip and issued only to South Africans who are returning directly to South Africa urgently. It takes 3 weeks or longer for process.
Passports are issued valid for 10 years (persons 16 years and older) and 5 years (persons under 16 years). A regular tourist passport contains 32 pages, but frequent travellers can opt to get a maxi tourist passport with 48 pages. Forms are available at the Embassy.