British Deputy High Commissioner to South Africa
The British Consulate-General in Cape Town represents the UK government in South Africa.
If you’re in Cape Town and you need urgent help (for example, you’ve been attacked, arrested or someone has died), call +27 21 405 2400. If you’re in the UK and worried about a British national in South Africa, call 020 7008 1500. We are experiencing technical issues with our telephone line. If you cannot reach us on our usual number, please call the British High Commission Pretoria on +27 12 421 7500.
Get an emergency travel document
If the person needing the emergency travel document is under 16, a parent or guardian should apply on their behalf.
If you are due to travel in the next 24 hours, contact us as soon as possible.
If you are travelling in more than 3 weeks, check if you can get a new or replacement passport in time to travel.
If you are not a British citizen or have not had a British passport before
If you’re not sure, check if you’re a British citizen
If you’re not a British citizen but think you may be eligible, contact us to apply for an emergency travel document.
Once you have contacted us, you will be advised to make an appointment to apply for an emergency travel document at the British Consulate-General Cape Town.
Other consular services
Notarial and documentary services
For legal reasons, we’re unable to carry out notarial acts in Commonwealth countries. This includes certifying documents as true copies of originals, administering oaths or taking affidavits. For these or other notarial acts, you should contact a local notary. A standard letter is available to confirm we do not offer these services in South Africa.
We offer a limited range of documentary services. See the list of documentary services we provide.
We charge fees for some of our services. See the full list of consular fees in South Africa.
We also provide services in Pretoria.