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South African Passport Renewal Forms

South African Passport Renewal Forms

Can you apply for a South African passport?

Only a South African citizen can apply for a SA passport.  You need to have been born in South Africa or you need to have been issued with South African citizenship by naturalization. If you are over the age of 21 and have another citizenship issued to you before 1994 without getting dual citizenship, the government will not consider you to be a South African citizen. If you were born in SA and got New Zealand citizenship before you turned 21, you may renew your SA passport. 



Important questions that you need to ask yourself

Do you have a temporary permit for the country that you are currently in that will expire within the next six months? If the answer is yes, you will need to apply for a temporary passport as well.

Do you plan on travelling to another country during those six months? If you answer yes to this question, you will also need to apply for both the temporary and full passports a t the same time.

Important information about temporary passports

Should you be planning on travelling anywhere in the next nine months, you need to make sure that the country you want to go to will accept South African passports before you lodge an application. Contact your immigration expert for further advice regarding this matter. At this point in time some countries do not accept South African passports. Some of these countries are Canada, the UK, Belgium and Saudi Arabia. A complete list can be obtained from an expert who deals with immigration on a daily basis.


  • Do not make travel bookings before you have received your passport.
  • Applicants need to contact their immigration expert at NWI if their passports take longer than 3 months to arrive.
  • You need to learn patience with regards to the rather long wait for wait you will need to go through in order to get your passport.
  • Do not contact the Mission on a regular basis, as this may actually cause the process to take longer. It is advisable that you leave that up to the professionals to deal with.

This information is only the basics and you should seek the advice of a professional immigration expert in order to make the process as stress free as possible.

by Robbie Ragless

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