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QUOTE OF THE MONTH

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"I am not African because I was born in Africa but because Africa was born in me." 
Kwame Nkrumah

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

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South Africa condemns the suspected terrorist attack in the United Kingdom
The South African Government joins the international community in strongly condemning what appears to be a terrorist attack at the Manchester Arena in Manchester on Monday, 22 May 2017, resulting in the unfortunate deaths and injuries of numerous children and youths.

JOKE OF THE MONTH

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Comedy of errors

A man checked into a hotel. There was a computer in his room, so he decided to send a mail to his wife. He accidentally typed the wrong email address, and without realizing he sent the mail to a widow who has just returned from her husband's funeral. The widow decided to check her mail, expecting condolence messages from relatives and friends. After reading the first message she fainted. The son rushed into the room, found his mother on the floor and saw the computer screen which read:

'to my loving wife, i know you are surprised to hear from me, they have computers here and we are allowed to send mails to loved ones. I 've just been checked in. How are you and the kids? The place is really nice but am lonely here. I have made necessary arrangement for your arrival tomorrow. Expecting you darling. I can't wait to see you.'

Home Güney Afrika Vatandaşları Pasaportlar
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South African travel documents are granted in terms of the South African Passport and Travel Documents Act (Act 4 of 1994) and the South African Passport and Travel Documents Regulations of 1996 respectively. A passport is an internationally recognized travel document that verifies the identity and nationality of the bearer.

South African passports are issued only in Pretoria. However, applications must still be submitted or forwarded to the applicable South African Embassy.  Applications can take five (5) months to be finalized.

Temporary Passports and Emergency travel certificates are issued at South African missions abroad and both take one (1) week to be finalized. 

Please be advised that temporary passports are not accepted by some countries.  It is the responsibility of the traveler to inquire with the countries to be visited before applying for a temporary passport.  The Embassy accepts no liability in this regard.


Different types of passports and their requirements:


Regular Passport

Regular South African passports are issued to South African applicants who are 16 years old and older.

They are valid for 10 years and are not renewable.
Requirements

  •     Completed application form (BI-73) *
  •     Completed form (BI-529E) (www.home-affairs.gov.za/forms/citizenship/bi-529.pdf)
  •     Completed BI-9 (Fingerprint form) *
  •     3 Passport size photos
  •     Fee of € 15.00  to be deposited into the Embassy bank account
  •     Copy of present South African Passport
  •     Copy of South African ID Document
  •     If the passport is lost or stolen, attach translated police report

Child Passport

Child passports are issued to children who are fifteen years and below.  These passports are not renewable.
Requirements

  •     Completed application form (BI-73) *
  •     Completed Application form (BI-529E) (www.home-affairs.gov.za/forms/citizenship/bi-529.pdf)
  •     Completed BI-9 (front part – fingerprints not necessary) *
  •     3 Passport size photos
  •     Fee of € 12.00 to be deposited into the Embassy bank account
  •     Copy of present South African Passport
  •     Copy of Birth Certificate (applicable for first application)
  •     Copy of parents South African passports

Temporary Passport

Temporary passports, valid for one year, are issued to applicants who need to travel urgently while their permanent passports are being processed.
Please be advised that temporary passports are not accepted by some countries.  It is the responsibility of the traveller to inquire with the countries to be visited before applying for a temporary passport.  The Embassy accepts no liability in this regard.
Requirements

  •     Completed application form (BI-73) *
  •     Completed Application form (BI-529E) (www.home-affairs.gov.za/forms/citizenship/bi-529.pdf)
  •     Completed BI-9 (Fingerprints not required for minors) *
  •     3 Passport size photos
  •     Fee of € 7.00 to be deposited into the Embassy bank account
  •     Copy of present South African Passport
  •     Copy of South African ID Document
  •     If the passport is lost or stolen, attach translated police report

Maxi Passport

Maxi passports contain 64 pages for frequent travellers. They are the same as regular passports (valid for 10 years) except that they contain double the number of pages to provide for more visa pages.
Requirements

  •     Completed application form (BI-73) *
  •     Completed Application form (BI-529E) (www.home-affairs.gov.za/forms/citizenship/bi-529.pdf)
  •     Completed BI-9 (Fingerprint form) *
  •     3 Passport size photos
  •     Fee of € 30.00 to be deposited into the Embassy bank account
  •     Copy of present South African Passport
  •     Copy of South African ID Document

Emergency Travel Certificate

Emergency Travel Certificates are issued to South Africans who have to travel back home urgently for reasons of death, sickness or any other emergency.  It is in a page form and may be issued with validity ranging from a month to a year and only to be used once. Applicants for emergency travel certificates must also apply for permanent passports.
Requirements

  •     Completed application form (BI-73) *
  •     Completed Application form (BI-529E) (www.home-affairs.gov.za/forms/citizenship/bi-529.pdf)
  •     Completed BI-9 (Fingerprint form) *
  •     3 Passport size photos
  •     Fee of € 6.00 to be deposited into the Embassy bank account
  •     Copy of present South African Passport
  •     Copy of South African ID Document

Passport and Id Photo Specifications

* Note:  Forms BI-73 and BI-9 can not be downloaded and must be obtained from the Embassy