Passports

IMPORTANT NOTICES

The Embassy does not provide photocopying, printing or fax services to applicants.

Applicants must therefore ensure that they produce photocopies / print-outs together with original personal documents and applications, e.g. passports, identity documents, certificates, etc.

Colour photos (in accordance with international standards).  Please click HERE for photo specifications.  A photo booth is available at the Embassy in Lisbon.

The forms must be fully completed in block letters and in black ink, dated and signed by the applicant.  Questions that do not apply must be completed with 'n/a'.  If answers to certain questions are not known, they should be marked as 'unknown'.  Please note that relevant information not provided on the forms may be returned by the Department of Home Affairs to the Embassy for further clarification and/or additional documentation.

A pre-paid self-addressed A5-size envelope (with the required post office stamps for registered mail and already filled in with the applicant's name and address. Both the envelope and the CTT Registo form need to be fully filled in) should be produced with the required documentation if the applicant wishes the Embassy to send the document by post upon receipt.  Applications at the Honorary Consulates must be posted by the applicants themselves to the South African Embassy in Lisbon.

Please note that all passport applications will be sent to the Department of Home Affairs in Pretoria for issuance.  The average timeframe for processing of passports is 8 to 12 months.

Status / progress reports are not provided to applicants by the mission during the above-mentioned processing period; applicants may however contact the Department of Home Affairs Contact Centre themselves about their application status: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Consular hours are 09:00 to 12:00 on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays BY PRIOR APPOINTMENT ONLY.

For consular queries or to book/change/cancel an appointment, please call +351 213 192 200,  Monday to Thursdays from 08H00 to 15H00 or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For emergencies only (no visa or civic services queries or requests) please call +351 964 151 989

 

1. To apply  for a South African Passport the following documents are required:

  • Current/Previous SA Passport
  • SA ID or SA Smart Card or SA Full/Unabridged Birth Certificate
  • SA Immigration Permit  /  SA Certificate of Naturalisation (for citizens who were not born in RSA)
  • € 40,00 cash, exact amount or (Post Office) CTT Postal Order issued to: Department of Home Affairs, with the Embassy address, and duly signed
  • Police Report if SA Passport has been lost or stolen with an official translation in EN
  • 3 colour photos (in accordance with international standards). Photo booth also available at the Embassy - 5 euros (coins only) for 4 photos
  • BI-73 form - Compulsory for all SA Citizens applying for passports. Please find HERE form  BI-73  (Application for Passport) to be fully filled beforehand in with block letters and a black ink pen. Under ‘Signature of the applicant’ in the bottom left hand corner, the applicant must sign in the box / white space (no part of the signature must touch the outer lines)
  • BI-529 form - Compulsory for all SA Citizens applying for passports.  Please find HERE form  BI-529 (Determination of Citizenship) to be fully filled in beforehand with block letters and a black ink pen
  • Marriage Certificate / Divorce Decree  - if the marital status changed and has not yet been registered in South Africa – with an official (notarized) translation into EN (N:B.: Portuguese International Birth/Marriage Certificates are not accepted). If there is a change of surname, please contact the Embassy or Consulate in advance
  • Form DHA-9 - This form cannot be downloaded and will be provided to the applicant to complete upon submission of the passport application in person at the Embassy or Honorary Consulate
  • In respect of applicants born in Namibia, please find the ‘Namibian Questionnaire’ HERE 

 

2. To apply  for a South African Child Passport (0-15 years of age) the following documents are required

  • Current/Previous SA Passport (if applicable)
  • SA Full/Unabridged Birth Certificate
  • € 40,00 cash, exact amount or (Post Office) CTT Postal Order issued to: Department of Home Affairs, with the Embassy address, and duly signed
  • Police Report if SA Passport has been lost or stolen with an official translation in EN
  • 2 x colour photos (in accordance with international standards). Photo booth also available at the Embassy - 5 euros (coins only) for 4 photos
  • Both parents must be present at the Embassy.  The child does not need to be present at the Embassy/Consulate
  • The child’s South African parent’s original and updated South African passport
  • If one of the child’s parents is not a South African citizen, the foreign parent’s original passport and/or ID
  • BI-73 form - Compulsory for all SA Citizens applying for passports. Please find HERE form  BI-73  (Application for Passport) to be fully filled beforehand in with block letters and a black ink pen. The form must be signed in person, by both parents or legal guardians, before an Embassy or Consulate official
  • BI-529 form - Compulsory for all SA Citizens applying for passports.  Please find HERE form  BI-529 (Determination of Citizenship) to be fully filled in beforehand with block letters and a black ink pen

 

3. To apply  for a South African Passport (minors: 16-17 years of age) the following documents are required:

  • Current/Previous SA Passport
  • SA Full/Unabridged Birth Certificate
  • SA Immigration Permit  /  SA Certificate of Naturalisation (for citizens who were not born in RSA)
  • € 40,00 cash, exact amount or (Post Office) CTT Postal Order issued to: Department of Home Affairs, with the Embassy address, and duly signed
  • Police Report if SA Passport has been lost or stolen with an official translation in EN
  • 3 x colour photos (in accordance with international standards). Photo booth also available at the Embassy - 5 euros (coins only) for 4 photos
  • Both parents must be present at the Embassy.  The child is required to be present at the Embassy/Consulate
  • The child’s South African parent’s original and updated South African passport
  • If one of the child’s parents is not a South African citizen, the foreign parent’s original passport and/or ID
  • BI-73 form - Compulsory for all SA Citizens applying for passports. Please find HERE form  BI-73  (Application for Passport) to be fully filled beforehand in with block letters and a black ink pen. The form must be signed in person, by both parents or legal guardians, before an Embassy or Consulate official
  • BI-529 form - Compulsory for all SA Citizens applying for passports.  Please find HERE form  BI-529 (Determination of Citizenship) to be fully filled in beforehand with block letters and a black ink pen

  • Form DHA-9 - This form cannot be downloaded and will be provided to the applicant to complete upon submission of the passport application in person at the Embassy or Honorary Consulate

 

4. To apply for an Emergency Travel Certificate (ECT):

  • Motivation Letter typed, printed and signed by applicant
  • Police Report if SA Passport has been lost or stolen
  • € 15,00 cash, exact amount or (Post Office) CTT Postal Order issued to: Department of Home Affairs, with the Embassy address, and duly signed.
  • 4 x colour photos (in accordance with international standards). Photo booth also available at the Embassy - 5 euros (coins only) for 4 photos
  • Date of travel
  • Residential address in South Africa
  • BI-73 form - Compulsory for all SA Citizens applying for passports. Please find HERE form  BI-73  (Application for Passport) to be fully filled beforehand in with block letters and a black ink pen. The form must be signed in person, by both parents or legal guardians, before an Embassy or Consulate official
  • BI-529 - Compulsory for all SA Citizens - Please also find HERE form  BI-529 (Determination of Citizenship) to be filled in with block letters and a black ink pen
  • Form DHA-9 - This form cannot be downloaded and will be provided to the applicant to complete upon submission of the passport application in person at the Embassy or Honorary Consulate
  • Please note that Emergency Travel Certificate applications will be sent to the Department of Home Affairs in Pretoria for approval.  The average timeframe for ETC processing is 5 to 10 working days

 

The Embassy does not provide photocopying, printing or fax services to applicants.

Applicants must therefore ensure that they produce photocopies / print-outs together with original personal documents and applications, e.g. passports, identity documents, certificates, etc.

The forms must be fully completed in block letters and in black ink, dated and signed by the applicant.  Questions that do not apply must be completed with 'n/a'.  If answers to certain questions are not known, they should be marked as 'unknown'.  Please note that relevant information not provided on the forms may be returned by the Department of Home Affairs to the Embassy for further clarification and/or additional documentation.

A pre-paid self-addressed A5-size envelope (with the required post office stamps for registered mail and already filled in with the applicant's name and address. Both the envelope and the CTT Registo form need to be fully filled in) should be produced with the required documentation if the applicant wishes the Embassy to send the document by post upon receipt.

Please note that all passport applications will be sent to the Department of Home Affairs in Pretoria for issuance.  The average timeframe for processing of passports is 8 to 12 months.

Please note that Emergency Travel Certificate applications will be sent to the Department of Home Affairs in Pretoria for approval.  The average timeframe for ETC processing is 5 to 10 working days.

Status / progress reports are not provided to applicants by the mission during the above-mentioned processing period; applicants may however contact the Department of Home Affairs Contact Centre themselves about their application status: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.