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Applying for your South African Passport in Manchester, London and Edinburgh

Click here to visit the VFS Passport Application Centre for South Africa in the United Kingdom, now the official outsourcing partner for consular services for South Africa.

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Everyone requires a certified copy of their South African passport which you can obtain at any main post office in your area for ±£13.

If you were born outside of South Africa and have SA citizenship, you will need a copy of your birth certificate. Take along your SA ID and make copies if you have it.

It may be a good idea to print out extra forms and fill in the essentials just in case you got a part wrong and need to redo.

Wherever necessary you should provide any original documents with a copy.

Click on the links below to download the forms you will need to apply for your South African Passport. If you are applying for your South African passport renewal you only need to download the DHA 73 and the BI-529.

If you do not know the ID numbers of your parents and other family members, just state you do not know on the citizenship forms and complete the information you do have.

DHA 73

BI-529 Determination of citizenship

Requirements for South African Adult Passport

Requirements for a Child Passport

Lost / Stolen Passport

Top Tip if you visit VFS London
“When you get into the waiting area there is a second area around the corner you cannot see, you need to find the South African section, we sat for 30 minutes and then heard about another waiting room around the corner.”

If you are part of a family or group, you’ll have to book individual appointments for each member of the family or group.

Pay in cash (London only), or by debit or credit card.

Processing time: VFS claims around 6 months?

You can track the status of your application online.

*Service Price (Per Applicant)Amount in GBP (inc. VAT)
SMS Service2.50
Photocopy Service0.5
Printing Service0.5
* According to stats in September 2022 via VFS Global

Manchester – Passport Application Centre
50 Devonshire Street North M12 6JH Manchester
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London – Passport Application Centre
66 Wilson Street, EC2A 2BT, London
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Edinburgh – Passport Application Centre
1 Rennie’s Isle, Leith, EH6 6QT, Edinburgh
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