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A Guide to a South African Passport Renewal

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You’ve made the bold move of turning your travel dreams into reality, amazing! You could be planning to jet off to Thailand with friends, a romantic getaway to Mauritius, or making huge career moves by landing that dream job in Dubai. What an exciting feeling it is to finally fly to that destination you’ve always dreamed of. But wait, you’ve just realised your passport has expired and you’re in need of a South African passport renewal. Suddenly, your excitement for island hopping or shopping in world-class malls is taken over by the all too familiar Home Affairs queues and (quite literally) having to get your affairs in order. Well, you’ll be delighted to know that the angst of waiting in long queues at Home Affairs can be avoided!

South African citizens can apply via the eHomeAffairs website. However, you are still required to physically go to a Home Affairs branch for your biometric data to be captured, and to collect your passport. Cape Town, Johannesburg and Pretoria residents can obtain their renewed passport at their nearest bank branch, but you’ll need to have internet banking to apply through your bank. Follow these easy steps for applying for a South African passport renewal, and you’ll be booking your ticket to your dream destination in no time!

When to Apply for Your South African Passport Renewal?

Most countries require that travellers have at least 6 months availability on their passport beyond the date of departure. Therefore, you are advised to renew your passport before it expires within the time frame of your travels.

Passport Costs

First Application for Tourist Passport R 400
Re-apply must bring old passport copy R 400

South African Passport Renewal Requirements

  • A copy of your ID
  • Passport fee – R 400
  • Your old passport
  • Passport photos
  • Internet banking – if you’re applying through a bank

Where to Apply

Avoid the hassle of long tiring lines and apply online via your bank branch (Cape Town, Johannesburg and Pretoria), or if you wish to do your South African passport renewal in person, you can locate a Home Affairs branch in your city.

How to Apply Online

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Step 1: Account Registration

  • Simply go to the eHomeAffairs website and register.
  • Create a profile
  • Answer the security questions
  • Create a password
  • Capture the OTP (one-time pin) sent to your cellphone
  • Finally, attach a copy of your ID

Step 2: Making the Payment

  • Enter your bank account details on the eHomeAffairs site.
  • You will then be required to log in to your internet banking to authorise the payment.
  • Log in to your internet banking account: go to the “My Billsâ€� option under “Paymentsâ€� to initiate the payment instruction.
  • Add the Department of Home Affairs as a beneficiary, and a payment instruction will appear under “My Billsâ€�.
  • Finally, enter your reference number and approve the R 400 payment to the Department of Home Affairs.

Step 3: Make an Appointment

  • You will be able to make an appointment to record your biometric data once your payment has been registered by the Department of Home Affairs.
  • You will have to go to your local Home Affairs – no appointments required.
  • Cape Town, Johannesburg and Pretoria residents can go to selected bank branches (you will need to make an appointment).
  • Should you make an appointment at a bank branch, you will be given a choice of time slots. Once you’ve selected a time slot, you will be sent a confirmation via SMS and email. You will need to take the confirmation email or SMS to the bank.

Step 4: Attend Your Appointment

  • Your photograph and thumb print will be taken.
  • You will need to take your barcoded confirmation letter and ID book when going to the branch.

Step 5: Wait for an SMS or email

You will receive a notification after approximately 10 days from the bank branch.

With eHomeAffairs services available, your South African passport renewal process should prove to be a simple and easy task to do before booking your flight for your dream destination.

All information on this blog page was correct at the  time of publishing and may change at any time without prior notice from the original source.Travelstart is not affiliated to immigration authorities or their application centres and will not be liable for loss or inconvenience arising from the use of information from this website.

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