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                               Emergency Travel Certificate

This is a one-way document and will allow you to enter South Africa. This document can only be collected in person by the applicant.

OPENING HOURS

The office dealing with South African passport holders will be opened from 08h45 to 12h45 Monday to Friday except on public holidays. Collections will be from 08h45 - 12h45

REQUIREMENTS:

REQUIRED APPLICATION FORMS

1. DHA-73 (Passport Application Form) NB: Application for South African Passport Form can't be downloaded from this web site anymore.

You can send a self-addressed stamped envelope (A4 Size) to 15 Whitehall, London, SW1A 2DD with a request for the form to be posted to you.

2. DHA 529 (Determination of Citizenship Form) - Must be completed by all SA citizens living outside SA. Holders of foreign citizenship MUST provide proof of how they acquired such a foreign citizenship. In cases of those applicants who acquired foreign citizenship through any of their parents, a certified copy of full birth certificate showing the birth places of your parent(s). Under circumstances where even the parents acquired such a citizenship through descent, a letter from relevant authorities in the country concerned will suffice. Also refer to item 9,10 and 11

3. DHA-9 (Fingerprint Form). The form is completed ONLY by applicants who are 15 ½ years and above. DHA - 9 FORM cannot be downloaded from our website anymore and applicants must send a fully paid self-addressed envelope (Size A4) if they need it. Those applying for passports in person will receive them in the office.

SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS (IMPORTANT)

1. Flight itinerary.

2. Physical address in South Africa.

3. 4X passport sized photographs. Please check the photograph specifications before taking the photographs. Applicants who are 15½ years old and those who do not have identity numbers MUST provide 6 passport sized photographs. (In cases where the applicant is not present at the time of application please endorse one photograph).

4. 2X certified copies of bio – data page of passport or ID book. This is a page showing your face and all your particulars. Requested copy of the ID book or passports of applicants making applications in person will be certified accordingly by Consular staff. Applicants not having ID number must provide their RSA birth certificate and form BI 24 notice of birth.

5. Submit a Police report relating to the lost/stolen passport. In the absence of a Police Report submit a written explanation as to how/when and where the passport was lost/stolen.

6. Form CMO217 must be fully completed regarding the lost/stolen passport.

7. Written consent from both parents (If applicants are under 18 years)

8. 1X certified copy of marriage certificate – if applicable.  Applicants whose documents were issued by South African authorities will be certified by consular officials if they are applying in person.   Applicants whose marriage certificates were issued by the UK authorities MUST ensure that their marriage certificates are legalized accordingly.  Information on legalization of documents issued by UK authorities is available on this link: http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/about-us/what-we-do/services-we-deliver/legal-services/legalisation .

9. 1X certified copy of marriage certificate – if applicable.  Applicants whose documents were issued by South African authorities will be certified by consular officials if they are applying in person.   Applicants whose marriage certificates were issued by the UK authorities MUST ensure that their marriage certificates are legalized accordingly.  Information on legalization of documents issued by UK authorities is available on this link: http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/about-us/what-we-do/services-we-deliver/legal-services/legalisation .

10. 1X certified copy of divorce decree – if applicable.  Applicants whose documents were issued by South African authorities will be certified by consular officials if they are applying in person.  Those applicants whose divorce decrees certificates were issued by the UK courts MUST ensure that their divorce decrees are legalized accordingly.  Information on legalization of documents issued by UK authorities is available on this link: http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/about-us/what-we-do/services-we-deliver/legal-services/legalisation .

11. 2X certified copies of foreign birth registration or naturalization certificate – if applicable.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 18

1. 2X certified copies of applicant’s full unabridged birth certificates reflecting particulars of both parents. Applicants who will be applying in person at the High Commission will be assisted with the certification of their documents during the application process.  They must ONLY have the original document and copy of the document to be certified

2. 2X certified copies of passport and ID of both parents Applicants who will be applying in person at the High Commission will be assisted with the certification of their documents during the application process.  They must ONLY have the original document and copy of the document to be certified

3. In case of divorced parents, consent of both parents are required unless SOLE CUSTODY has been awarded to one parent in which case the court order to this effect must be submitted. All documents issued outside of South Africa must be officially translated and legalized by the relevant authorities.

4. Should both parents not be present at the day of submission of the application written consent from the absent parent must be submitted in addition to the signatures on form DHA-73 section C.

PRESCRIBED FEES

Emergency Travel Certificate (Adult)       £22.00

Emergency Travel Certificate (Child)       £12.00

TURN AROUND TIMES

Emergency Travel Certificate (Adult)       5 Working Days

Emergency Travel Certificate (Child)       5 Working Days

Office of Department of Home Affairs

15 Whitehall

London, SW1A 2DD

Phone: +44 (0) 20 7925 8900

 

Email: london.civic@dirco.gov.za

Or: london.visa@dirco.gov.za

 

Page updated: 03/05/2018