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SOUTH AFRICAN PASSPORTS
  • Tourist/Regular Passport (32 pages ) and Maxi Passport (48 pages)
  • Temporary Passport
  • Child’s Passport
  • Emergency Travel Certificate (ETC)
 
IMPORTANT INFORMAITON
 
NOTICE TO SOUTH AFRICAN CITIZENS APPLYING FOR SOUTH AFRICAN PASSPORTS AND IDENTITY DOCUMENTS
 

Persons applying for South African passports and identity documents must submit their complete applications in person during the consular opening hours (Mon-Fri; 09:00-12:30) at the Embassy in Seoul where fingerprints are taken free of charge, copies of original documents certified and payment of the application fee can be made in cash. No appointment is necessary for this purpose. Forms will no longer be available from the websites of the Department of Home Affairs or the Embassy.

 

Applications for South African passports may be lodged at the South African Embassy in Seoul. The applications will then be forwarded to the Department of Home Affairs, Pretoria, for processing. If your passport is due to expire, at least six months before expiry date, you have to apply for a new one. To process a new South African passport, it takes three to six months. The South African Embassy does not have any influence to speed up the process of passport application.

Adult South African citizens holding dual citizenship are required to enter and depart South Africa on their South African passports only.

If the passport is running out of blank pages before the expiry date, please apply for a new passport as there are no services to add more pages to the current passport. For photo specifications, please click here. please visit the Department of Home Affairs, and click Civic Services, and to the Travel documents. Please see the guidelines on completing forms.

TOURIST / REGULAR PASSPORTS

Tourist/Regular passports are issued to applicants who are sixteen years and older. Passports are issued valid for a period of ten years. Forms are available at the Embassy

Requirements
  • BI-73 passport application form
  • BI-9 form for full set of fingerprints. This form is only applicable to applicants who are sixteen years and older.
  • BI-529 for determination of citizenship status
  • Three recent identical colour passport photographs (35mm x 45mm)
  • Certified copy of the current/expired passport
  • Certified copy of identity document or birth certificate
  • Certified copy of marriage certificate or divorce decree (only applicable to women who wish to change their surnames )
  • BI-335E declaration regarding the loss/stolen or damaged passport and a police report. Please note that the fee is double.
  • Certified copy of exemption certificate in terms of Section 6(2) of the South African Citizenship Act, 1995 (applicable to dual citizenship applicants)
  • Certified copy of naturalization certificate from applicants who are naturalized South African citizens
  • Passport fee is KRW69,000. Fees are payable only in Korean Won by cash, bank guaranteed cheque or postal order to the South African Embassy.
 
MAXI PASSPORTS

Maxi passports which are 48 pages are issued to applicants who are sixteen years and older and are meant for frequent travellers. They are also issued valid for ten years. Requirements are the same as the Tourist/Regular passports except fee which is KRW103,000.

 
TEMPORARY PASSPORTS

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.

 
Requirements
  • BI-73 passport application form
  • BI-9 form for full set of fingerprints.
  • BI-529 for determination of citizenship status
  • Three recent identical colour passport photographs (35mm x 45mm)
  • Certified copy of the current/expired passport
  • Certified copy of identity document or birth certificate
  • Certified copy of marriage certificate or divorce decree (only applicable to women who wish to change their surnames)
  • Certified copies of parents’ passports and marriage certificate (in case of minor)
  • Prescribed fee of KRW31,000. Fee are payable only in Korean Won by cash, bank guaranteed cheque or postal order to the South African Embassy
 
CHILD'S PASSPORT

Children who are below sixteen years old are issued with child’s passports. They are issued valid for five years and are not renewable. Both parents and the applicant must visit the Embassy. No endorsement for children is made on the parents’ passports, thus each child is issued with his/her own passport.

 
Requirements
  • BI-73 passport application form
  • BI-529 determination of citizenship status form
  • Two recent identical passport photographs (35mm x 45mm)
  • Certified copies of current/expired passport and birth certificate
  • Certified copies of parents’ marriage certificate and passports
  • Prescribed fee of KRW69,000. Fees are payable only in Korean Won by cash, bank guaranteed cheque or postal order to the South African Embassy
EMERGENCY TRAVEL CERTIFICATE

An Emergency Travel Certificate (ETC) may only be issued in cases where an applicant needs to travel to South Africa urgently. An ETC may be issued for a SINGLE JOURNEY only. Requirements are the same as the Tourist/Regular/Child’s passports together with confirmed flight schedule and the prescribed fee of KRW24,000. To process the application, it takes three (3) weeks or longer.

 
   
   

Contact Information:
Tel : + 82-2) 2077-5900 / Fax : + 82-2) 793-5981
Email : consular.seoul@dirco.gov.za


   
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