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RENUNCIATION OF SOUTH AFRICAN CITIZENSHIP

WHO IS ENTITLED TO APPLY AND CONDITIONS OF APPLICATION

1. A South African Citizen who intends accepting the citizenship of another country or who has the citizenship or nationality of another country may apply to renounce his/her South African citizenship.
2. A South African Citizen by birth or decent in respect of whom a declaration of renunciation is registered shall cease to be a South African citizen but will retain his or her right of permanent residence.

OPENING HOURS ARE

  • 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
  • Please note: no appointments necessary; this is a walk in service.

REQUIREMENTS FOR APPLICATION FOR RENUNCIATION

1. All forms must be completed in black ink
2. Original  passport & identity document  issued by South Africa (as they are property of Home Affairs)
3. Recently issued certificate not a travel document or birth certificate confirming claim to foreign citizenship (as per the instruction on the BI-246)
4. Application forms BI-246 x 2 must be completed. For legal reasons, this form cannot be downloaded. Send an A4 stamped self address envelope to obtain the form:
 
A. The Consul,
South African High Commission,
Home Affairs Consular Section,
15 Whitehall,
SW1A 2DD
B. or alternatively, forms can be collected during our opening hours.
5. Application forms bi-529 must be fully completed. Certified copies of passport must be produced.
6. Letter of motivation confirming reasons for renunciation.
7. There are no application fees applicable.
8. Processing time always exceeds 12 months

Page updated 25/02/2016