We maintain and develop relations between the UK and South Africa. The British Consulate-General in Cape Town provides services to British nationals living in and visiting Cape Town.

You can access UK government services while in South Africa.

Urgent assistance

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.

Get an emergency travel document

You can apply for an emergency travel document if you’re abroad and your passport has been lost or stolen, damaged or expired, and you can’t get a new or replacement passport in time to travel.

If you are due to travel in the next 24 hours, contact us as soon as possible.

Apply online for an emergency travel document if you:

  • are over 16 years old and
  • are a British citizen and
  • have previously owned a British passport

Contact us to apply for an emergency travel document if you are:

  • over 16 years old but have not owned a British passport before or
  • not a British citizen or
  • applying for a child under 16 years old

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.

Consular fees

We charge fees for some of our services. See the full list of consular fees in South Africa.

We also provide services in Pretoria.

Contact us

British Consulate General Cape Town

15th Floor, Norton Rose House, 8 Riebeek Street
Foreshore

Cape Town
Western Cape
8000
South Africa

Contact us:
www.gov.uk/guidance/consular-enquiries-for-south-africa

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