Emergency Travel Certificate
Emergency Travel Certificates (ETC) 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.
Applicants for emergency travel certificates must also apply for
The ETC may only be
used to travel to South Africa.
Please ensure that
you submit three sets of the application: a) the original
application forms with supporting documents, and b) a copy of
the completed set.
Checklist of Documents to be Submitted:
Passport Application form; with signature and left thumb
print. Section B is required to be signed and duly stamped by
the Police Station or Notary Public to confirm certification.
form íV Full set of fingerprints on DHA-9 form.
This form must be submitted by applicants 16 years old and
above. Fingerprints will be taken at LOSA
Written motivation for the issuing of the Emergency Travel
Certificate, along with any proof of the urgency of the trip
(e.g. confirmation of funeral arrangements, doctor's letter
confirming sickness, police report, etc.)
schedule of your travel arrangements (flight itinerary)
of your South African citizenship in the form of your South
African identity book, birth certificate or old passport and a
Determination of citizenship. This form must be completed
by applicants who are 16 years old and above;
To be submitted by all divorced applicants;
Notarized Marriage Certificate.
To be submitted by married applicants irrespective of whether
the they will or will not change their surname;
Written Request to Change "Surname".
To be submitted by married female applicants who would like:
retain their maiden surnames, or
wish to use doubleíVbarrel surnames;
Notarized Copy of South African Passport
Notarized Copy of South African Identity Book or Birth
Notarized Copy of Retention/Exemption Letter,
for those who have dual citizenship;
Notarized certificate of Naturalization.
To be submitted by applicants who are naturalized South
Loss of Passport Report
and Police Report for Loss of Passport.
To be submitted by applicants who lost their passports and are
applying for a new passport;
Four (4) passport size photos
(2" x 2") Please note that color
photos which comply with the
International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards for
passports photo images
are required for South African passport applications.
Please take note of the following:
holder's signature (persons 16 years old and above) is laser
engraved into the passport. To ensure good quality scanned
signature for laser engraving into the passport, the signature
in the signature box on the passport application form should be
in the middle of the box and must not touch the sides of the
medium point ballpoint pen should be used to sign the box.
Please ensure your mouth is closed and that your teeth are not
showing on the photo.
Passport applications in which the photo and signature images do
not meet quality standards will be rejected causing delays in
the issuance of passports.