The British High Commission in South Africa maintains and develops relations between the UK and South Africa.
Find out more on our UK and South Africa news page.
We provide services to British nationals living in and visiting South Africa, Eswatini and Lesotho. You can access UK government services while in South Africa.
If you’re travelling in South Africa, read our South Africa travel advice.
Public access to the High Commission is by appointment only. See below options for contacting us online or by phone if you need our help.
If you’re in South Africa, Eswatini or Lesotho and you need advice, which is not covered by reading our travel advice then you can contact us online
If you’re in South Africa, Eswatini or Lesotho and you need urgent help (for example, you’ve been attacked, arrested or someone has died), call +44 1908 516 666.
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 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.
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.
Development work in South Africa
Our relationship with South Africa has now transitioned to a development partnership model built around mutually agreed priorities. This engagement is led by the Development Partnerships Unit based in the British High Commission, Pretoria. It is supported by a partnerships programme which works with South African institutions to strengthen their development role in Africa, in areas including tax capacity building, tackling climate change and service delivery monitoring.
British High Commission, Pretoria
255 Hill Street
Public access to the consular section is by appointment only.
24/7 consular support is available by telephone for all routine enquiries and emergencies. Please call +44 1908 516 666.
Alternatively, use our contact form for online enquiries: