HOW DO I APPLY FOR A SOUTH AFRICAN PASSPORT?
How do I go about applying for this document? It is really very simple. There are a couple of different options that are issued by The Department of Home Affairs.
The different passports are:
- Tourist passport
- Child’s passport
- Official’s transport
- Emergency transport
- Temporary passport, and last but not least,
- Document for travel purposes.
What is required to apply for a tourist passport and what is a tourist passport? These documents are issued to South African citizens that are over the age of 16. To apply you would need to fill out a form DHA-73, and then submit this to a Home Affairs domestic office, and if overseas, then you would have to submit this to a South African embassy or mission.
A child’s passport is issued to South African children that are under the age of 16. To apply for a child’s passport, you would have to fill out a form DHA-73 and either submit it to a Department of Home Affairs office locally or to a South African embassy or mission if you are overseas. For this passport you should have proof of identity, two passport photographs and have your fingerprints taken. This passport will be valid for five years and will take at least ten weeks to process.
An official’s passport is issued to South African officials who are travelling on official government business. For an official’s passport you will need two passport photos, fill out a DHA-73 form, have proof of identity, and have your fingerprints taken. This is also submitted to the Department of Home Affairs locally, and an embassy or mission overseas. This passport is valid for a five year period.
An emergency travel certificate is issued to South African citizens who need to travel urgently and there is not enough time to wait for a passport to be processed. A week is all it would take to process this type of passport, and would be valid for a nine month period. The emergency travel certificate can be used for a single journey only.
A temporary passport is issued to South African citizens who have to travel urgently for a valid reason – whether it is someone close that is seriously ill, a funeral or any other type of emergency. To apply for a temporary passport you would need to complete form DHA-73, as well as the application for a temporary passport, and submit it to a Home Affairs domestic office or, if you are overseas, to a South African embassy or mission. One cannot apply for a temporary passport without applying for a normal tourist passport at the same time. For a temporary passport you must also have proof of identity, have your fingerprints taken, two passport photographs, and takes approximately a week to process. This is valid for a 12 month period.
A document for travel purposes is issued to people with permanent residence in South Africa who are unable to get travel documents from their own countries – an example is for people who are refugees and people who are stateless, and reside in South Africa. The same criteria for filling out forms etc applies to this document, as it does for applying for all other types of passports.
To process a document for travel purposes it will take about ten weeks to process the application, and is valid for a period of five years.
For more information, visit the Department of Home Affairs website or contact your nearest Home Affairs Office.
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