British High Commissioner to South Africa
We develop and maintain relations between the United Kingdom and South Africa. The High Commission also covers Lesotho and Swaziland.
We deal with a wide range of political, commercial, security and economic questions of interest to the UK and South Africa. The High Commission, and our consulate in Cape Town, provide consular assistance to British nationals in South Africa.
For information on whether you require a visa for the United Kingdom and how to apply go to the UK Border Agency website
Information on how you can register a birth or death which occurred overseas, and legal documents for couples marrying or entering into civil partnerships abroad.
How to renew or replace your British passport when visiting the UK and information on getting replacement travel documents if your passport is lost or stolen.
If you are travelling in the next week and your passport is not available, you may be able to apply for an Emergency Travel Document. You can book an appointment at the following British Consulates in South Africa:
Information on staying safe and avoiding problems when living or traveling abroad, with links to our embassies, high commissions and other diplomatic posts across the world.
How to get official confirmation that your UK public documentation is genuine so it can be accepted by foreign authorities. The UK does not require any documents to be legalised for use within the UK.
In addition to the services listed above we can also:
- provide information about transferring funds to relatives detained abroad
- provide appropriate help if you have suffered rape or serious assault, are a victim of other crime, or are in hospital
- help people with mental illness
- do all we properly can to contact you within 24 hours of being told that you have been detained
- offer support and help in a range of other cases, such as child abductions, death of relatives overseas, missing people and kidnapping
- contact family or friends for you if you want
- make special arrangements in cases of terrorism, civil disturbances or natural disasters
What our consulates cannot do for you
Although we try to help British nationals in a wide range of situations, we cannot:
- get you out of prison, prevent the local authorities from deporting you after your prison sentence, or interfere in criminal or civil court proceedings
- help you enter a country, for example, if you do not have a visa or your passport is not valid, as we cannot interfere in another country’s immigration policy or procedures
- give you legal advice, investigate crimes or carry out searches for missing people, although we can give you details of people who may be able to help you in these cases, such as English-speaking lawyers
- get you better treatment in hospital or prison than is given to local people
- pay any bills or give you money (in very exceptional circumstances we may lend you some money from public funds, which you will have to pay back)
- make travel arrangements for you, or find you work or accommodation
- make business arrangements on your behalf
British High Commission, Pretoria
British High Commission
255 Hill Street
Telephone - General and Consular enquiries +27 12 421 7500
Fax - General enquiries +27 12 421 7599
Fax - Consular enquiries +27 86 535 5422
Telephone - Passport Enquiries +44 (0) 300 222 0000
Telephone - Visa enquiries from within South Africa +861 837 221
Telephone - Visa enquiries from outside South Africa +27 11 399 6373
Fax - Visa enquiries +27 12 421 7888
Following disruptions to our telephone services we are pleased to announce that service has been restored.