Different Types of South African Passports

If you’re a South African citizen planning a journey abroad, securing a South African passport is a vital step in your travel preparations. Thanks to modern technology and a partnership with South African banks, you can now apply for your passport online, simplifying the procedure significantly.
The following types of South African Passports are available:

  • Tourist Passport: Designed for citizens aged 16 and older, the tourist passport is a must-have for international travel. To apply, complete a DHA-73 form at a Home Affairs office. The application fee is R600 and it is valid for 5 years.
  • Maxi Tourist Passport: Ideal for frequent travelers, the maxi tourist passport offers 48 pages for visa stamps. Similar to the tourist passport, it requires the same application process and documentation but costs R1,200 and is valid for 10 years.
  • Child’s Passport: Reserved for children aged 15 and younger, this passport lasts for 5 years and isn’t renewable.
  • Official Passport: Issued to government officials traveling on official business, this passport is valid for 10 years.
  • Crew Member Certificates: For airline crew members, this certificate requires a completed DHA-73 form, valid South African ID and employer confirmation letter.
  • Document for Travel Purposes: For South African residents without travel documents from their home countries, such as refugees, this document lasts for 5 years and requires similar documentation to the tourist passport application.

Whether you’re a seasoned traveler or embarking on your first international journey, understanding the South African passport application process is crucial. With online applications now available, obtaining your passport has never been more convenient. Ensure you have all the necessary documents ready and follow the application steps meticulously for a smooth and hassle-free experience. Contact your nearest Home Affairs office for any clarifications or assistance throughout the process. Bon voyage!