What is needed for passport application?

What is needed for passport application?

To Apply for South African passport you need some particulars to process your passport during application, Below are the document needed before you can apply any of passport below.

Tourist passport

Visitor’s passports are issued to South African citizens 16 years and older.

To apply, you’ll need to complete a DHA-73 form at a Home Affairs domestic office or, if you’re overseas, at a South African embassy or mission.

You must also:

  • Have proof of your identity. If you don’t have an ID, here’s how to apply for one.
  • Supply 2 passport photographs. Confirm with your nearest Home Affairs office if they’re using the new biometric system. If so, then you don’t need to bring your own photographs.
  • Have your fingerprints taken.
  • Pay the R400 application fee.

It will take about 7-21 working days to process the application and issue the passport. The tourist passport is valid for 10 years.

Note: Passports must be valid for at least 30 days after the intended date of departure. Passports should also have at least 2 blank pages for entry stamps.

Please contact your Home Affairs office before visting, to confirm if they’re using the new biometric application system, or if you need to bring your own photos. 

Visas

In addition to a passport, South African citizens are also required to have travel visas for certain countries which you may want to visit.


Child’s passport

This passport is issued to South African children 16 years old and younger.

To apply, you’ll need to complete a DHA-73 form at a Home Affairs domestic office or, if you’re overseas, at a South African embassy or mission.

You must also:

  • Have proof of your identity. If you don’t have an ID, here’s how to apply for one.
  • Supply 2 passport photographs. Confirm with your nearest Home Affairs office if they’re using the new biometric system. If so, then you don’t need to bring your own photographs.
  • Pay the fee of R400.
  • Both parents and the child must be present when applying. If you’re divorced, unmarried or 1 or both parents are deceased.

It will take between 7 – 21 working days to process the application and issue the passport. The child’s passport is valid for 10 years.

Please contact your Home Affairs office before visting, to confirm if they’re using the new biometric application system, or if you need to bring your own photos.


Official passports

This passport is issued to South African officials who are travelling on official government business.

To apply, you’ll need to complete a DHA-73 form at a Home Affairs domestic office or, if you’re overseas, at a South African embassy or mission.

You must also:
  • Have proof of your identity. If you don’t have an ID, here’s how to apply for one.
  • Supply 2 passport photographs. Confirm with your nearest Home Affairs office if they’re using the new biometric system. If so, then you don’t need to bring your own photographs.
  • Have your fingerprints taken.

This passport is valid for 10 years.

Please contact your Home Affairs office before visting, to confirm if they’re using the new biometric application system, or if you need to bring your own photos. 


Emergency travel certificate

This document can be issued to South African citizens who need to travel urgently and there is insufficient time to process a passport application.

To apply, you’ll need to complete a DHA-73 form at Home Affairs domestic office or, if you’re overseas, at a South African embassy or mission.

You must also:

  • Have proof of your identity. If you don’t have an ID, here’s how to apply for one.
  • Supply 2 passport photographs. Confirm with your nearest Home Affairs office if they’re using the new biometric system. If so, then you don’t need to bring your own photographs.
  • Have your fingerprints taken.
  • Pay the fee of R140.

It will take about one week to process the application and issue the certificate.

This certificate is valid for 9 months and can only be used for a single journey.

Please contact your Home Affairs office before visting, to confirm if they’re using the new biometric application system, or if you need to bring your own photos. 


Document for travel purposes

This document is issued to people with permanent residence in South Africa who can’t get travel documents from their own countries, for example refugees and stateless persons lawfully residing in South Africa.

To apply, you’ll need to complete a DHA-73 form at Home Affairs domestic office or, if you’re overseas, at a South African embassy or mission.

You must also:

  • Have proof of your identity.  If you don’t have an ID, here’s how to apply for one.
  • Supply 2 passport photographs. Confirm with your nearest Home Affairs office if they’re using the new biometric system. If so, then you don’t need to bring your own photographs.
  • Have your fingerprints taken.
  • Pay the fee of R400.

It will take between 7-21 working days to process the application. You can track and trace the progress of your application on the Department of Home Affairs website, or by sending a sms with the letter P followed by you ID number to 32551.

This document is valid for 5 years.

Please contact your Home Affairs office before visting, to confirm if they’re using the new biometric application system, or if you need to bring your own photos


New Specification for Passport and ID Photos

For more information, visit the Department of Home Affairs website or contact your nearest Home Affairs Office.


Overview of Public Universities in South Africa

Here's an overview of some public universities in South Africa, including general admissions requirements and estimated application periods. Keep in mind, specific program requirements and dates can vary significantly, so it's important to check each university's official website for the most current information.

University of Pretoria

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with minimum scores in specific subjects related to the chosen program; for international students, equivalent qualifications.
  • Application Period: Usually opens in March and closes at the end of July for most programs.

University of Cape Town

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with pass levels required for degree study; subject-specific requirements depending on the program.
  • Application Period: Application opens in April and closes at the end of July.

Stellenbosch University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with required marks; some programs have additional testing.
  • Application Period: Opens in March and typically closes at the end of June.

University of the Witwatersrand

  • Admissions Requirements: Matriculation certificate with university exemption; required scores vary by faculty.
  • Application Period: Begins in March and ends on the 30th of September.

University of Johannesburg

  • Admissions Requirements: Matric exemption with a minimum APS score; specific subject requirements based on the faculty.
  • Application Period: Opens in April and generally closes by the 30th of September.

University of the Free State

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific marks for the program applied to; additional requirements for certain courses.
  • Application Period: Typically opens in April and closes at the end of August.

University of Venda

  • Admissions Requirements: Completion of the National Senior Certificate with an endorsement for diploma or degree studies; specific APS scores needed.
  • Application Period: Usually from May to September.

University of Fort Hare

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with university exemption; certain programs may have specific requirements.
  • Application Period: Opens around May and closes at the end of September.

University of the Western Cape

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific performance levels; additional requirements for certain programs.
  • Application Period: Generally from May to September.

North-West University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with university exemption; program-specific requirements may apply.
  • Application Period: Opens in March and usually closes by the end of August.

Rhodes University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate or equivalent; minimum academic performance in certain subjects.
  • Application Period: Applications open in April and close at the end of September.

Nelson Mandela University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with required scores for chosen programs; portfolio or additional tests for some faculties.
  • Application Period: Opens in April, with a deadline at the end of August for most programs.

Cape Peninsula University of Technology

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific scores; additional requirements for certain courses.
  • Application Period: Opens in May and typically closes by the end of September.

University of Limpopo

  • Admissions Requirements: Senior Certificate with endorsement for diploma or degree courses; specific APS scores for different programs.
  • Application Period: From April to September.

University of Zululand

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with an endorsement for bachelor’s degree studies; specific score requirements for various programs.
  • Application Period: Usually between April and November.

Central University of Technology

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific scores for the chosen field of study; additional criteria for certain programs.
  • Application Period: Application period generally starts in May and ends in October.

Vaal University of Technology

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with a pass that qualifies for admission to bachelor’s degree, diploma, or higher certificate programs.
  • Application Period: Typically from May to September.

Walter Sisulu University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with required scores for chosen programs; additional criteria for certain faculties.
  • Application Period: From April to September.

This list provides a starting point for understanding the admissions landscape across South Africa's diverse higher education institutions. Given the variability in programs and requirements, it's crucial to consult each university's website for the most accurate and up-to-date information.