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.

Our services

Visas

For information on whether you require a visa for the United Kingdom and how to apply go to the UK Visas and Immigration website

Births, deaths and marriages

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.

Passports and emergency travel documents

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:

Travel advice

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.

Legalisation Service

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

Our people

Judith Macgregor CMG, LVO

Judith Macgregor CMG, LVO

British High Commissioner to South Africa

    Contact us

    British High Commission, Pretoria

    British High Commission
    255 Hill Street
    Arcadia
    Pretoria
    0028
    South Africa

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