Consular services for foreigners
Interested in visiting South Africa - to see or to stay, for business or pleasure (or both)? Our offices abroad, your country's office in SA, as well as the Department of Foreign Affairs, can help you in a number of ways.
Where to go for consular services
If you're abroad
If you're interested in visiting, immigrating to, working, studying or conducting business in South Africa, can apply to your nearest South African Embassy, High Commission or Consulate abroad for the visas and/or permits you'll need.
All permanent South African missions can be contacted by telephone, fax or e-mail. Check the full alphabetical list by country in the "SA offices abroad" box on the right. (In countries where South Africa does not have resident representatives, consular services are offered through honorary consuls or through consular sharing agreements with missions in nearby countries.)
If you're in South Africa
To find your country's representative office in South Africa, see "FOREIGN OFFICES IN SA" in the box on the right.
Or contact the Department of Foreign Affairs' head office in Pretoria:
Directorate: Consular and Agency Services
Department of Foreign Affairs
Private Bag X152
225 Vermeulen Street
The department's Operations Room runs 24 hours a day, seven days a week:
- Telephone: (012) 351 0051
- Fax: (012) 351 0364
- After hours helpline: (012) 351 1000
- E-mail: Operations Room
- E-mail: Inquiries
- Web page: consular services