Discontinuation of Temporary Passports
Please note that issuance of Temporary Passports has been
discontinued from 1 September 2014.
South African passports are issued only in Pretoria, South
Africa. However, applications must still be submitted or
forwarded to the applicable
African Representative Office.
Applications take six (6) months or more to be finalized.
Please write your email address on the top right corner of your
BI-73 application form.
The DHA issues the following types of Passports.
Please click on the link for the Requirements for each category
- Regular South African passports are issued to South African
citizens who are 16 years old and older. They are valid for 10
years and are not renewable. When South African passports
expire, new passport applications will have to be filed.
- Child passports are issued to children who are fifteen
years of age and younger and are valid for five years. These
passports are not renewable. On their expiry, applications for
new passports will have to be filed.
Emergency Travel Certificates
- 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.
Applicants for emergency travel certificates must also apply for
Emergency travel certificates
are issued at South African missions abroad and take up three
(3) weeks to be finalized.
- Maxi passports are 48-page documents meant for frequent
travelers. They are the same as regular passports (valid for 10
years) except that they have extra pages to provide for more
* Please note that
applicants, including minors, must be present when submitting
applications for a