Other Consular Matters

ON THIS PAGE YOU CAN FIND INFORMATION ON THE FOLLOWING BY SCROLLING DOWN:

1 - APPLICATION FOR A SOUTH AFRICAN ID

2 - RETENTION OF SOUTH AFRICAN CITIZENSHIP

3 - REQUIREMENTS FOR CHILDREN TRAVELLING THROUGH SOUTH AFRICAN PORTS OF ENTRY 

4 - DUAL CITIZENSHIP TRAVELERS  – MAKING USE OF A PASSPORT OF A FOREIGN NATIONALITY

5 - APPLYING FOR A SOUTH AFRICAN BIRTH, MARRIAGE OR DEATH CERTIFICATE

6 - REGISTRATION OF A FOREIGN BIRTH – NOTICE OF BIRTH

7 - CONFIRMATION OF MARITAL STATUS - APPLICATION FOR LETTER OF NON-IMPEDIMENT

8 - APPLYING FOR A SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE CLEARANCE CERTIFICATE FROM ABROAD

9 - AUTHENTICATION OF SOUTH AFRICAN CERTIFICATES

10 - AUTHENTICATION OF SOUTH AFRICAN SCHOOL CERTIFICATES

11 - EXCHANGE OF DRIVERS LICENCE

12 – RENEWAL OF  DRIVING LICENCE

13 – REGISTRATION OF A FOREIGN MARRIAGE

14 – REGISTRATION OF A FOREIGN DIVORCE

15 – REGISTRATION  OF A FOREIGN DEATH

16 - DEATHS ABROAD  - ADVICE TO SOUTH AFRICAN CITIZENS IN THE EVENT A SOUTH AFRICAN DIES ABROAD

17 - PENSIONS

18 - REGISTRATION OF SOUTH AFRICANS ABROAD – R.O.S.A.

19 – SARS – SOUTH AFRICAN REVENUE SERVICE

20 - IMPORT OF ANIMALS AND ANIMAL PRODUCTS

21 - CONSULAR FEES

 

Consular hours for public attendance are 09:00 to 12:00 on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays BY PRIOR APPOINTMENT ONLY

For consular queries or to book/change/cancel an appointment, please call +351 213 192 200,  Monday to Thursdays from 08H00 to 15H00, or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For emergencies only (no visa or civic services queries or requests) please call +351 964 151 989

 

IMPORTANT NOTICES

  • The Embassy does not provide photocopying, printing or fax services to applicants. Applicants must therefore ensure that they produce photocopies / print-outs together with original personal documents and applications, e.g. passports, identity documents, certificates, etc.  Applicants who need to sign an Affidavit / Power of Attorney that requires witnesses (apart from the Commissioner of Oaths) should provide/produce their own witnesses and their relevant identification documents and copies thereof.
  • All he forms be must be fully completed in block letters and in black ink, dated and signed by the applicant – questions that don’t apply must be completed with ‘n/a’; if answers to certain questions are not known, they should be marked as ‘unknown’. Please note that relevant information not provided on the forms may be returned / not accepted by the relevant Department in South Africa.
  • Colour photos (in accordance with international standards). Please click HERE for photo specifications. A photo booth is available at the Embassy in Lisbon.
  • A pre-paid self-addressed A4-size envelope (with the required post office stamps for registered mail and already filled in with the applicant's name and address. Both the envelope and the CTT Registo form need to be fully filled in) should be produced with the required documentation if the applicant wishes the Embassy to send the document by post upon receipt.

  • Applications at the Honorary Consulates must be posted by the applicants themselves to the South African Embassy in Lisbon.
  • The Status / progress reports are not provided to applicants by the mission during the above-mentioned processing period; applicants may however contact the Department of Home Affairs Contact Centre themselves about their civic services application status through the following email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

1. APPLICATION FOR A SOUTH AFRICAN ID

The following documents are required:

  • Original updated SA Passport
  • Current/Previous SA ID or SA Smart Card (if applicable) or SA Full/Unabridged Birth Certificate
  • SA Immigration Permit  /  SA Certificate of Naturalisation (for citizens who were not born in RSA)
  • First Issue of the SA ID is free of charge – For updates /renewals the fee is € 15,00 cash, exact amount - or (Post Office) CTT Postal Order issued to: Department of Home Affairs, with the Embassy address and duly signed
  • Police Report if SA ID has been lost or stolen with an official translation into EN
  • 3 x colour photos (in accordance with international standards). Photo booth also available at the Embassy - 5 euros (coins only) for 4 photos. Please click HERE for photo specifications. 
  • Form BI-10– This form cannot be downloaded and will be provided to the applicant to complete when he or she submits the passport application in person at the Embassy or Honorary Consulate
  • Form DHA-9 This form cannot be downloaded and will be provided to the applicant to complete when he or she submits the passport application in person at the Embassy or Honorary Consulate
  • Form BI-529 – Compulsory for all SA Citizens applying for passports - Please find HERE form  BI-529 (Determination of Citizenship) to be fully filled in beforehand with block letters and a black ink pen.
  • Marriage Certificate / Divorce Decree  - if the marital status changed and has not yet been registered in South Africa – with an official (notarized) translation into EN (N:B.: Portuguese International Birth/Marriage Certificates are not accepted). If there is a change of surname, please contact the Embassy or Consulate in advance.
  • In respect of applicants born in Namibia, please find the ‘Namibian Questionnaire’ HERE

Kindly note that the SA Smart Card is not yet possible to apply for through the South African Embassy or Honorary Consulates.

The green barcoded SA ID with an updated ID number is still valid.

The average timeframe for processing of a SA ID is 6 to 12 months. The Status / progress reports are not provided to applicants by the mission during the above-mentioned processing period; applicants may however contact the Department of Home Affairs Contact Centre themselves about their application status: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

2 - RETENTION OF SOUTH AFRICAN CITIZENSHIP 

In accordance with the South African Citizenship Act, 1995 (Act 88 of 1995), as amended by the South African Citizenship Amendment Act, 2010 (Act No. 17 of 2010), an adult South African citizen who intends to apply for foreign citizenship but who does not want to lose his/ her South African citizenship, must first apply for the retention of South African citizenship, which must be approved before acquiring citizenship of another country.

The following documents must be submitted when applying for the retention of South African citizenship: 

  • Form BI-1664. Please find HERE to be fully filled in beforehand electronically with block letters and a black ink pen.
  • Form BI-529. Please find HERE form  BI-529 (Determination of Citizenship) to be fully filled in beforehand with block letters and a black ink pen.
  • Original updated SA Passport
  • Original SA ID (if available)
  • € 30,00 application fee  - cash only, exact amount- or (Post Office) CTT Postal Order issued to: Department of Home Affairs, with the Embassy address and duly signed

The average timeframe for processing of a SA ID is 6 to 12 months. The Status / progress reports are not provided to applicants by the mission during the above-mentioned processing period; applicants may however contact the Department of Home Affairs Contact Centre themselves about their application status: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

3 - REQUIREMENTS FOR CHILDREN TRAVELLING THROUGH SOUTH AFRICAN PORTS OF ENTRY 

Please click HERE  for updated information on the Department of Home Affairs website.

 

4 - DUAL CITIZENSHIP TRAVELERS  – MAKING USE OF A PASSPORT OF A FOREIGN NATIONALITY

In terms of the South African Citizenship Amendment Act of 2004, which came into effect on 15 September 2004, it is now an offence for a major South African citizen to enter the Republic or depart making use of the passport of another country.

Furthermore, it is also now an offence for such a citizen, while in South Africa, to use his or her foreign citizenship or nationality to gain advantage or avoid a responsibility or duty.

Essentially, the Amendment Act provides that an adult South African citizen, who has dual citizenship or nationality, can freely use his or her foreign passport outside South Africa. However, they must use their South African passport to depart from or enter South Africa.

Click SA Citizenship Amendment Act to read.

Please note that the Immigration act only applies to adult South African citizens; therefore, as a minor (under the age of 18), a child who is a dual citizen is under no obligation to enter and depart the country on a South African passport.

 

5 - APPLYING FOR A SOUTH AFRICAN BIRTH, MARRIAGE OR DEATH CERTIFICATE

Applicants must fill in the relevant form with a black ink pen.  FORMS: BIRTH CERTIFICATE        MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE        DEATH CERTIFICATE 

Applicants must bring their original updated passport(s) and a photocopy of the biometric passport page, and also the original and photocopy of the previous birth/marriage/death certificate (if available).

Fee: € 10,00 (cash, exact amount) or (Post Office) CTT Postal Order issued to: Department of Home Affairs, with the Embassy address and duly signed

Please note that all applications will be sent to the Department of Home Affairs in Pretoria for issuance. The average timeframe for processing of certificates is 12 to 24 months.

The Status / progress reports are not provided to applicants by the mission during the above-mentioned processing period; applicants may however contact the Department of Home Affairs Contact Centre themselves about their application status: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

6 - REGISTRATION OF A FOREIGN BIRTH – NOTICE OF BIRTH

In terms of the Birth and Death Registration Act, 1992 (Act No. 51 of 1992), any person born outside of the Republic of South Africa to a parent, who is a South African citizen at the time of his or her birth and whose birth is registered, shall be a South African citizen by descent.

Important Notice - Parents who wish to submit documentation for the birth registration of their child / children are advised to download, print and fill in the forms in advance. However, all signatures and fingerprints must be done before a South African Embassy or Honorary Consulate Official

N.B.: Forename(s) and surname(s) of the child must be registered on the forms according to the Portuguese birth certificate; Forename(s) and surname(s) of the child’ parents in accordance with SA documents. If one of the Parents is not a SA Citizen the forename(s) and surname(s) of the child’ parent must be registered according to the updated Passport or ID of the foreign country.

Please confirm Important Notes – applicable to all applications - at the end of number (4)

1. To apply for Birth Registration (within 30 days from the date of birth) the following documents are required:

  • Form BI-24  HERE
  • Form DHA-24 HERE
  • The child's original foreign birth certificate reflecting the full details of the parent(s) e.g. Portuguese Assento de Nascimento - such document must also have an Apostille affixed to it - https://en.ministeriopublico.pt/perguntas-frequentes/apostile  and an official translation into EN. The Portuguese International Birth Certificate is not accepted.
  • Form BI-529 (in respect of the child being registered). Please find HERE form  BI-529 (Determination of Citizenship) to be fully filled in beforehand with block letters and a black ink pen.(The form be must be fully completed in block letters and in black ink, dated and signed by the informant – questions that don’t apply may be completed with ‘n/a’; if answers to certain questions are not known, they should be marked as ‘Unknown’. Questions 9, 10, 11 of Part A are of particular importance. ‘Identity number’ refers only to South African 13-digit identity numbers; where an ‘identity number’ is not applicable or unknown, the space should be completed accordingly.
  • Form(s) BI-529 (in respect of the child’s South African parent(s)). Please find HERE form  BI-529 (Determination of Citizenship) to be fully filled in beforehand with block letters and a black ink pen.
  • The child’s South African parent’s original and updated South African passport
  • The child’s South African parent’s original South African birth certificate (if available)
  • The child’s South African parent’s original Certificate of Naturalisation if born outside South Africa
  • Proof from South African parent who acquired foreign citizenship  as well as retention letter
  • Proof legal residence status abroad: Temporary, permanent or naturalised citizenship
  • If one of the child’s parents is not a South African citizen, the foreign parent’s original passport and/or ID
  • If the child holds the citizenship of another country and a passport / ID has already been issued, the child’s original and updated foreign passport / ID
  • If the child’s parents are married, the parent’s original marriage certificate - If the marriage was solemnised abroad i.e. outside of South Africa,  an Apostille must be affixed to the document in order to prove authenticity. https://en.ministeriopublico.pt/perguntas-frequentes/apostile. The Portuguese International Marriage Certificate is not accepted.

 

2. To apply for Birth Registration (after one (1) Month from the date of birth), the following documents are required:

  • Form BI-24 HERE
  • Form DHA-24 HERE
  • Form BI-288 (Affidavit in Support of Notice of Birth) - May be downloaded and printed HERE
  • The child's original foreign birth certificate reflecting the full details of the parent(s) e.g. Portuguese Assento de Nascimento - such document must also have an Apostille affixed to it - https://en.ministeriopublico.pt/perguntas-frequentes/apostile  and an official translation into EN. The Portuguese International Birth Certificate is not accepted.
  • Form BI-529. Please find HERE form  BI-529 (Determination of Citizenship) to be fully filled in beforehand with block letters and a black ink pen. (The form be must be fully completed in block letters and in black ink, dated and signed by the informant – questions that don’t apply may be completed with ‘n/a’; if answers to certain questions are not known, they should be marked as ‘Unknown’. Questions 9, 10, 11 of Part A are of particular importance. ‘Identity number’ refers only to South African 13-digit identity numbers; where an ‘identity number’ is not applicable or unknown, the space should be completed accordingly.
  • Form(s) BI-529 (in respect of the child’s South African parent(s)). Please find HERE form  BI-529 (Determination of Citizenship) to be fully filled in beforehand with block letters and a black ink pen.
  • The child’s South African parent’s original and updated South African passport
  • The child’s South African parent’s original South African birth certificate (if available)
  • The child’s South African parent’s original Certificate of Naturalisation if born outside South Africa
  • Proof from South African parent who acquired foreign citizenship  as well as retention letter
  • Proof legal residence status abroad: Temporary, permanent or naturalised citizenship
  • If one of the child’s parents is not a South African citizen, the foreign parent’s original passport and/or ID
  • If the child holds the citizenship of another country and a passport / ID has already been issued, the child’s original and updated foreign passport / ID
  • If the child’s parents are married, the parent’s original marriage certificate - If the marriage was solemnised abroad i.e. outside of South Africa,  an Apostille must be affixed to the document in order to prove authenticity. https://en.ministeriopublico.pt/perguntas-frequentes/apostile. The Portuguese International Marriage Certificate is not accepted.

 

3. To apply for Birth Registration after one (1) year – children 1 year and older but under 15 years of age, the following documents are required:

  • Form BI-24-1 - May be downloaded and printed HERE
  • Form DHA-24 HERE
  • Form BI-288 (Affidavit in Support of Notice of Birth) - May be downloaded and printed HERE
  • The child's original foreign birth certificate reflecting the full details of the parent(s) e.g. Portuguese Assento de Nascimento - such document must also have an Apostille affixed to it - https://en.ministeriopublico.pt/perguntas-frequentes/apostile  and an official translation into EN. The Portuguese International Birth Certificate is not accepted.
  • Form BI-529 (in respect of the child being registered) - Please find HERE form  BI-529 (Determination of Citizenship) to be fully filled in beforehand with block letters and a black ink pen. (The form be must be fully completed in block letters and in black ink, dated and signed by the informant – questions that don’t apply may be completed with ‘n/a’; if answers to certain questions are not known, they should be marked as ‘Unknown’. Questions 9, 10, 11 of Part A are of particular importance. ‘Identity number’ refers only to South African 13-digit identity numbers; where an ‘identity number’ is not applicable or unknown, the space should be completed accordingly.
  • Form(s) BI-529 (in respect of the child’s South African parent(s)) May be downloaded and printed HERE
  • The child’s South African parent’s original and updated South African passport
  • The child’s South African parent’s original South African birth certificate (if available)
  • The child’s South African parent’s original Certificate of Naturalisation if born outside South Africa
  • Proof from South African parent who acquired foreign citizenship  as well as retention letter
  • Proof legal residence status abroad: Temporary, permanent or naturalised citizenship
  • If one of the child’s parents is not a South African citizen, the foreign parent’s original passport and/or ID
  • If the child holds the citizenship of another country and a passport / ID has already been issued, the child’s original and updated foreign passport / ID
  • If the child’s parents are married, the parent’s original marriage certificate - If the marriage was solemnised abroad i.e. outside of South Africa,  an Apostille must be affixed to the document in order to prove authenticity. https://en.ministeriopublico.pt/perguntas-frequentes/apostile. The Portuguese International Marriage Certificate is not accepted.

 

4. In the case of notice of birth given after 15 years of age - 15 years and older, the following documents are required:

  • Form BI-24-15 - May be downloaded and printed HERE
  • Form DHA-24 HERE
  • Form Late Registration of Birth - Annexures 1A, 1B, 1C - May be downloaded and printed HERE
  • Form BI-288 (Affidavit in Support of Notice of Birth) - May be downloaded and printed HERE
  • The child's original foreign birth certificate reflecting the full details of the parent(s) e.g. Portuguese Assento de Nascimento - such document must also have an Apostille affixed to it - https://en.ministeriopublico.pt/perguntas-frequentes/apostile  and an official translation into EN. The Portuguese International Birth Certificate is not accepted.
  • Form BI-529 (in respect of the child being registered) - Please find HERE form  BI-529 (Determination of Citizenship) to be fully filled in beforehand with block letters and a black ink pen.(The form be must be fully completed in block letters and in black ink, dated and signed by the informant – questions that don’t apply may be completed with ‘n/a’; if answers to certain questions are not known, they should be marked as ‘Unknown’. Questions 9, 10, 11 of Part A are of particular importance. ‘Identity number’ refers only to South African 13-digit identity numbers; where an ‘identity number’ is not applicable or unknown, the space should be completed accordingly.
  • Form(s) BI-529 (in respect of the child’s South African parent(s)). Please find HERE form  BI-529 (Determination of Citizenship) to be fully filled in beforehand with block letters and a black ink pen.
  • The child’s South African parent’s original and updated South African passport
  • The child’s South African parent’s original South African birth certificate (if available)
  • The child’s South African parent’s original Certificate of Naturalisation if born outside South Africa
  • Proof from South African parent who acquired foreign citizenship  as well as retention letter
  • Proof legal residence status abroad: Temporary, permanent or naturalised citizenship
  • If one of the child’s parents is not a South African citizen, the foreign parent’s original passport and/or ID
  • If the child holds the citizenship of another country and a passport / ID has already been issued, the child’s original and updated foreign passport / ID
  • If the child’s parents are married, the parent’s original marriage certificate - If the marriage was solemnised abroad i.e. outside of South Africa,  an Apostille must be affixed to the document in order to prove authenticity. Please cf. https://en.ministeriopublico.pt/perguntas-frequentes/apostileThe Portuguese International Marriage Certificate is not accepted.
  • If not married, both parents must acknowledge paternity.
  • The child’s fingerprints must be taken on form Form Late Registration of Birth - Annexures 1A, 1B, 1C

IMPORTANT NOTES - FOR THE APPLICATION FOR BIRTH REGISTRATION (NOTICE OF BIRTH)

  • There is no application fee for the registration of a birth.
  • Upon registration of a birth at the Department of Home Affairs in Pretoria, an unabridged birth certificate, which includes the child’s 13-digit South African identity number, is issued free of charge and will be sent  to the Embassy.
  • Please note that all applications will be sent to the Department of Home Affairs in Pretoria for issuance. The average timeframe for processing of certificates is 6 to 12 months.
  • Parents who would like their child to be issued with a South African passport may submit an application in addition to the birth registration, and both parents must accompany their child to the Embassy / Honorary Consulate in such case. Please note, however, that in the case of children who hold the citizenship of another country e.g. Portugal and where the family resides permanently in Portugal, there is no real need for such children to hold South African child passports in addition to their Portuguese passports – the South African Citizenship Amendment Act of 2004 (Pls. cf. SACitizenshipAmendmentAct.pdf) ,  which came into effect on 15 September 2004, only applies to adult South African citizens; therefore, as a minor, a child, who is a dual citizen, is under no obligation to enter and depart the country on a South African passport. If you only visit South Africa on holiday and your visit does not exceed ninety (90) days, your child may enter the country on his or her Portuguese passport, and be issued with a visitor’s visa on entry (Pls. cf. https://www.embaixada-africadosul.pt/index.php/en/consular-services/visas-a-passports/do-i-need-a-visa15 ). Nevertheless, the final decision lies with the parents who may insist that their child be issued with a South African tourist passport, which is valid for five (5) years, and for which they must pay the passport application fee.
  • Applicants are encouraged to print and complete forms at home, in order to avoid unnecessary delays and long waiting periods when they submit the applications in person. Applicants who print forms at home must however ensure that the forms they print are legible; forms may be printed in colour or black and white.
  • Application forms must not be folded.
  • All applicants must submit photocopies of personal documents together with the original documents e.g. passports, identity documents, birth marriage and death certificates, and divorce decrees – the photocopies would be certified by a consular official free of charge and the original personal documents returned.
  • Applications are sent free of charge to the Department of Home Affairs in Pretoria, where applications are finalized and new documents issued, with the diplomatic freight bag once a month.
  • After the application has been sent to the Department of Home Affairs in Pretoria, it may take up to 6 to 12 months for the application to be finalized and the newly issued document to reach the office of application / South African mission abroad. Status / progress reports are not provided to applicants by the mission during the above-mentioned processing period; applicants may however contact the Department of Home Affairs Contact Centre themselves about their application status: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

7 - APPLICATION FOR LETTER OF NON-IMPEDIMENT - CONFIRMATION OF MARITAL STATUS

Letters of non-impediment i.e. confirmation of marital status are issued upon request to persons who are South African citizens and who require such a letter for the purpose of getting married.

Before submitting an application, applicants should first verify that their marital status at the Department of Home Affairs is indeed correct by sending an email to the Contact Centre: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

To apply for a Letter of Non-Impediment - Confirmation of Marital Status the following documents are required:

    Application form requesting the issuance of a letter of non-impediment HERE

  • The applicant’s original South African passport and a photocopy of the passport page with the applicant’s biometric data
  • The applicant’s original South African identity document, if available
  • Fee: € 5,00 (cash, exact amount) or (Post Office) CTT Postal Order issued to: Department of Home Affairs, with the Embassy address and duly signed

Please note that all applications will be sent to the Department of Home Affairs in Pretoria for issuance. The average timeframe for processing of certificates is 6 to 12 months.

Status / progress reports are not provided to applicants by the mission during the above-mentioned processing period; applicants may however contact the Department of Home Affairs Contact Centre themselves about their application status: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

8 - APPLYING FOR A SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE CLEARANCE CERTIFICATE FROM ABROAD

An application for a South African police clearance certificate from abroad is lodged directly with / couriered to the South African Police Service in Pretoria. Information regarding an application for a South African police clearance certificate from abroad may be obtained from the South African Police Service (SAPS).

Please note that applicants living abroad may have their fingerprints taken at any Police Station in that country (please note that such procedure is not common in Portugal), at the South African Embassy in Lisbon or at the nearest Honorary Consulate. Fingerprints should be taken on the official fingerprint forms of the specific country. The fingerprint form must be signed by the person who took the fingerprints. The application must be accompanied by a completed set of fingerprints and a copy of the applicant’s identity document or passport.

Applicants who wish to have their fingerprints taken at the Embassy of the Republic of South Africa in Lisbon or at the Honorary Consulates in Porto or Funchal may do so, but only during the consular business hours, and by prior appointment.

Applicants must bring their original passport(s) and a photocopy of the biometric passport page.

N.B.: Upon issuance, the Certificate should be legalized by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) in South Africa. Please find HERE the relevant contact details.

 

9 - AUTHENTICATION OF SOUTH AFRICAN CERTIFICATES

The Authentication of original South African Certificates may be required through the South African Embassy in Lisbon.

The Authentication is not issued locally and is sent via diplomatic freight to the Department of International Relations and Cooperation in South Africa. The average issuance and reception timeframe for authentications is 4 to 6 months.

Status / progress reports are not provided to applicants by the mission during the above-mentioned processing period; applicants may however contact the Department of Home Affairs Contact Centre themselves about their application status: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Alternatively, depending on the urgency of the applicant (s), the original document may be sent directly to the Department of International Relations and Cooperation in Pretoria. Contacts of the relevant Department are HERE

AUTENTICAÇÃO DE CERTIDÕES E CERTIFICADOS SUL-AFRICANOS

A autenticação de Certificados Sul-Africanos originais poderá ser requerida através da Embaixada da África do Sul em Lisboa.

A Autenticação não é emitida localmente, sendo enviada através de mala dilpomática para o Departamento de Relações Internacionais e de Cooperação na África do Sul. O tempo médio de emissão e recepção da Autenticação é de 4 a 6 meses.

A Embaixada não dispõe de informação sobre o andamento dos processos de emissão das certidões durante o período de processamento referido acima.  No entanto, os requerentes podem contactar o Department of Home Affairs Contact Centre para obter informação sobre o pedido: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Em alternativa, e dependendo da urgência do(s) requerente(s), o documento original poderá ser enviado directamente para o Department of International Relations and Cooperation em Pretória. Encontre os contactos AQUI

 

10 - AUTHENTICATION OF SOUTH AFRICAN SCHOOL CERTIFICATES

Applicants should confirm with the Department of Education in South Africa if the School Certificate must be revalidated / reissued before being authenticated by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation.

Find the relevant contact details HERE

Upon issuance, the Certificate should be legalized by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) in South Africa.

Please find the DIRCO contact details HERE

 

AUTENTICAÇÃO DE CERTIFICADOS DE HABILITAÇÕES SUL-AFRICANOS

Os requerentes deverão confirmar através do Department of Education na África do Sul a necessidade do Certificado de Habilitações ser revalidado / reemitido, antes de ser autenticado pelo Department of International Relations and Cooperation.  Encontre os contactos AQUI

Depois de emitido, o Certificado deve ser autenticado pelo Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO), ná África do Sul.

Encontre os contactos AQUI

 

11 - EXCHANGE OF DRIVERS LICENCE

In order to convert your SA drivers licence (credit card format)  into a Portuguese drivers licence, you will need to apply for the  Confirmation of SA Driving Licence (official document with the South African coat of arms and a serial number) directly through the South African Department of Transport.

Applicants must apply through the following email :

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The following documents to be attached:

Copy of South African Identity Book or Passport or Driving licence.

For more information the following officials may be contacted:

Mr Masoma Lediga       This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.      011 266 2131 or

Mr David Motloung  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.          011 266 2000

Upon issuance, the Certificate should be legalized by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) in South Africa.

Please find the DIRCO contact details HERE

Also please confirm with the Portuguese Authorities -  IMT which will be the appropriate and legal timeframe to exchange your licence -  https://www.imt-ip.pt

 

12 – RENEWAL OF DRIVING LICENCE

Please consult the South African Government website on renewing the SA Driving Licence HERE

 

13 – REGISTRATION OF A FOREIGN MARRIAGE

REGISTRATION OF A MARRIAGE ABROAD

There is no formal application for the registration of the marriage of a South African citizen, who got married abroad. The Department of Home Affairs should however be informed of the marriage, so that the marital status and surname, if it has changed, of a South African citizen may be updated on the National Population Register (NPR). An application for confirmation of marital status (see 7 - CONFIRMATION OF MARITAL STATUS - APPLICATION FOR LETTER OF NON-IMPEDIMENT) shall be submitted simultaneously, if proof of the change of marital status is required for record purposes.

The following documentation must be submitted by each applicant.         

1          A letter from the applicant requesting the marriage abroad to be registered on the National Population Register

•           The signed and dated letter must be addressed to the Director-General of the Department of Home Affairs and include:

i.          The applicant’s full name and identity number.

ii.          The date and place of marriage.

iii.         The spouse’s full name and date of birth.

iv.         The applicant’s contact details (residential address, mobile phone number and email address).       

2          The applicant’s original South African passport

•           A photocopy of the passport page with the applicant’s biometric data / photograph must also be submitted.

•           The original document will be given back to the applicant.

3          The applicant’s original South African identity document, if available

•           A photocopy of the document must also be submitted.    

4          The applicant’s spouse’s original passport (or identity document)

•           A photocopy of the passport page with the applicant’s biometric data / photograph must also be submitted.

5          The applicant’s original foreign marriage certificate – e.g. Portuguese Assento de Casamento or Certidão de Casamento 

•           An Apostille must be affixed to the document in order to prove authenticity. https://en.ministeriopublico.pt/perguntas-frequentes/apostile

If the original marriage certificate is not in English, it must be translated into English and certified as a correct translation by a sworn translator

Please note:

- There is no application fee for the registration of a marriage abroad and upon registration of the divorce at the Department of Home Affairs in Pretoria, no certificate will be issued.

- Applicants may however verify their marital status at the Department of Home Affairs website to ensure that it is indeed correct / updated or by sending an email to the Contact Centre: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

- Applicants who require an official confirmation of marital status e.g. for the purpose of getting married, may apply for a letter of non-impediment (Please cf. 7 - APPLICATION FOR LETTER OF NON-IMPEDIMENT - CONFIRMATION OF MARITAL STATUSor for a Marriage Certificate (Please cf. 5 - APPLYING FOR A SOUTH AFRICAN BIRTH, MARRIAGE OR DEATH CERTIFICATE) .

- South African citizens whose surnames have changed after marriage may apply for a tourist passport (Please cf. https://www.embaixada-africadosul.pt/index.php/en/consular-services/passports ) and/or an Identity Document (Please cf. 1 - APPLICATION FOR A SOUTH AFRICAN ID) which reflects his / her surname after marriage.

- The average timeframe for Registration at the National Population Register in Pretoria is 6 to 12 months. The Status / progress reports are not provided to applicants by the mission during the above-mentioned processing period; applicants may however contact the Department of Home Affairs Contact Centre themselves about their application status: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

14 – REGISTRATION OF A FOREIGN DIVORCE

REGISTRATION OF A DIVORCE ABROAD

There is no formal application for the registration of the divorce of a South African citizen who got divorced abroad.

The Department of Home Affairs should however be informed of the divorce, so that the marital status and surname, if it has changed, of a South African citizen may be updated on the National Population Register.

An application for confirmation of marital status shall be submitted simultaneously, if proof of the change of marital status is required for record purposes (Please cf.  7 - CONFIRMATION OF MARITAL STATUS - APPLICATION FOR LETTER OF NON-IMPEDIMENT)

The complete application must be submitted in person during the consular business hours at the Embassy or at the Honorary Consulates in Porto or funchal

The following documentation must be submitted by each applicant:

Please keep / submit the documentation in the order as listed below.        

1.       A letter from the applicant requesting the divorce abroad to be registered on the National Population Register

•           The signed and dated letter must be addressed to the Director-General of the Department of Home Affairs and include:

i.          The applicant’s full name and identity number.

ii.          The date and place of marriage that has been dissolved.

iii.         The date and place / court that pronounced the divorce.

iv.         The previous spouse’s full name and date of birth.

v.         The applicant’s contact details (residential address, mobile phone number and email address).       

2.       The applicant’s original South African passport

•           A photocopy of the passport page with the applicant’s biometric data / photograph must also be submitted.

3.      The applicant’s original South African identity document, if available

•           A photocopy of the document must also be submitted.

4.       The applicant’s original divorce decree

•           An apostille must be affixed to the document in order to prove authenticity. https://en.ministeriopublico.pt/perguntas-frequentes/apostile

•           If the original divorce decree is not in English, it must be officially translated into English.

•           A photocopy of the document and apostille must also be submitted.

Please note:

- There is no application fee for the registration of a divorce abroad and upon registration of the divorce at the Department of Home Affairs in Pretoria no certificate will be issued.

- Applicants may however verify their marital status at the Department of Home Affairs website to ensure that it is indeed correct / updated or by sending an email to the Contact Centre: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

- Applicants who require an official confirmation of marital status e.g. for the purpose of getting married, may apply for a letter of non-impediment (Please cf. 7 - APPLICATION FOR LETTER OF NON-IMPEDIMENT - CONFIRMATION OF MARITAL STATUS).

- South African citizens whose surnames have changed after divorce may apply for a tourist passport (Please cf. https://www.embaixada-africadosul.pt/index.php/en/consular-services/passports ) and/or an Identity Document (Please cf. 1 - APPLICATION FOR A SOUTH AFRICAN ID) which reflects his / her surname after divorce – current legislation stipulates that female divorced applicants may elect to continue using their married surname, revert to their maiden surname, any previous married surname or amended surname, or add such surname to any married surname she legally bears or bore at any prior time, without having to legally / formally apply for change of surname.

- The average timeframe for Registration at the National Population Register in Pretoria is 6 to 12 months. The Status / progress reports are not provided to applicants by the mission during the above-mentioned processing period; applicants may however contact the Department of Home Affairs Contact Centre themselves about their application status: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

15 – REGISTRATION  OF A FOREIGN DEATH

REGISTRATION OF A DEATH ABROAD

The death of South African citizens and South African permanent residence permit holders that occur outside the Republic of South Africa shall be reported to the nearest South African Embassy.

If the death occurred in Portugal, then it must be reported directly to the South African Embassy in Lisbon or  through our Honorary Consulates in Porto or Funchal.

The person (informant) reporting a death in Portugal shall submit the documentation listed below in person.

  • Form BI-1663 (Notification of death / still-birth) - This form may not be downloaded i.e. form will be provided to the applicant to complete when he or she submits the passport application in person at the Embassy or Honorary Consulate. This form must be requested in advance as it must be completed by the applicant, a medical practitioner / forensic pathologist and the funeral undertaker (and duly stamped with the official stamps). The informant must ensure that he or she is able to provide all the information required on the form about the deceased. The fingerprint of the deceased and funeral undertaker is not required. Section D must be completed in person by the informant on the day that he or she reports the death at the South African mission.
  • The original South African  identity document and / or passport of the deceased.
  • The original Death Certificate – Assento de Óbito, as issued by the Portuguese Registry Office (Conservatória do Registo Civil), with an official (notarized) translation into EN (N:B.: Portuguese International Birth/Marriage Certificates are not accepted).
  • An Apostille must be affixed to the document in order to prove authenticity. https://en.ministeriopublico.pt/perguntas-frequentes/apostile
  • The original Death Certificate – Certificado de Óbito, stating the cause of death, as issued by the Portuguese Health Department – Direção Geral de Saúde - with an official (notarized) translation into EN.
  • The informant’s original passport or identity document. A photocopy of the document must also be submitted.

- There is no application fee for the registration of death abroad and upon registration of death at the Department of Home Affairs in Pretoria, no certificate will be issued.

- Applicants may however verify the registration status of the late SA Citizen at the Department of Home Affairs website to ensure that it is indeed correct / updated or by sending an email to the Contact Centre: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

- Applicants who require an official confirmation / document may apply for a Death Certificate (Please cf. 5 - APPLYING FOR A SOUTH AFRICAN BIRTH, MARRIAGE OR DEATH CERTIFICATE).

- The average timeframe for Registration at the National Population Register in Pretoria is 6 to 12 months. The Status / progress reports are not provided to applicants by the mission during the above-mentioned processing period; applicants may however contact the Department of Home Affairs Contact Centre themselves about their application status: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

16 - DEATHS ABROAD  - ADVICE TO SOUTH AFRICAN CITIZENS IN THE EVENT A SOUTH AFRICAN DIES ABROAD

Please consult the following website  http://www.dirco.gov.za/consular/death_abroad.htm  for updated information on the Department of International Relations and Cooperation website.

 

17 - PENSIONS

If a citizen worked in South Africa and has reached retirement age, he / she  should contact the pension fund directly (or the different pension funds, if there was more than one)  via email, detailing the situation, and requesting the correct forms for application and/or for the transferring of the pension abroad.

There are several different Pension funds in South Africa, and each has its own required procedures and forms.

Thus, pensioners must send their identification documents (via email, in English, directly to the pension fund(s) and request the correct information: guidelines, forms and documents required to be submitted to the Pension Fund to receive the pension abroad.

Upon receipt of the forms and documents to be submitted, if there is any official document (e.g. Power of Attorney, Affidavit, ‘Certificate of Existence’ or ‘Life Certificate’) to be signed before a Commissioner of Oaths, it must be signed at Embassy or at the Honorary Consulate before an Official, during consular hours and according to the available schedule.

•    The Embassy does not provide photocopying, printing or fax services to applicants. Applicants must therefore ensure that they produce photocopies / print-outs together with original personal documents and applications, e.g. passports, identity documents, certificates, etc. 

•     Applicants who need to sign an Affidavit / Power of Attorney that requires witnesses (apart from the Commissioner of Oaths) should provide/produce their own witnesses and their relevant identification documents and copies thereof. 

•     All he forms be must be fully completed in block letters and in black ink, dated and signed by the applicant – questions that don’t apply must be completed with ‘n/a’; if answers to certain questions are not known, they should be marked as ‘unknown’. Please note that relevant information not provided on the forms may be returned / not accepted by the relevant Department or private financial institution in South Africa.

 

18 - REGISTRATION OF SOUTH AFRICANS ABROAD – R.O.S.A.

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (formerly, Department of Foreign Affairs) offers a voluntary registration service for South African citizens that are travelling or residing abroad. This service is provided in the event there is a need to contact you to offer urgent advice on a natural disaster or civil unrest or a family emergency. Information may submitted by a South African citizen via the ROSA Online Registration form.

Alternatively, you may fill in the form to Register with the SA Embassy in Lisbon and produce it at the Embassy in Lisbon or send it via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Please find the form HERE

 

19 – SARS – SOUTH AFRICAN REVENUE SERVICE

Please consult the following website  https://www.sars.gov.za/ for updated information on the South African Revenue Service website.

 

20 - IMPORT OF ANIMALS AND ANIMAL PRODUCTS

Please consult the following website https://www.gov.za/services/import/import-animals-and-animal-products for updated information on the South African Government website.

 

21. CONSULAR FEES

 

Serial No.

SERVICE

APPROVED EURO TARIFF

W.E.F. 01 APRIL 2011

1.

Identity Document: Issue of first document

Free

2.

Identity Document: Reissue

€15,00

3.

Application for an unabridged birth, death or marriage certificate

€10,00

4.

Amendment on a birth, marriage or death certificate

€10,00

5.

Application for any change of the forenames or surname of a minor (Sections 24 and 25 of Act 51 of 1992)

€10,00

6.

Application for any changing of a major’s forenames in the birth register (Section 24 of Act 51 of 1992)

€15,00

7.

Application by a major to assume a different surname (Section 26 of Act 51 of 1992)

€35,00

8.

Passport

€40,00

9.

Child passport

€40,00

10.

Passport (fully used, no blank pages)

€40,00

11.

Emergency travel certificate (BI-123)

€15,00

12.

Temporary passports

€20,00

13.

Maxi passport

€60,00

14.

Resumption of SA citizenship in terms of section 13 of Act 88 of 1995

€30,00

15.

Retention of South African citizenship in terms of section 6(2) of Act 88 of 1995

€30,00

16.

Diplomatic / Official passport

Free

17.

Replacement of lost / damaged / stolen South African passport or document for travel purposes referred to in Regulation 16 of the South African Passports and Travel Documents Regulations, 1996

€80,00

18.

Visitors / Business / Transit / Medical Visa

€50,00

19.

Temporary Work / Intra-company / Critical  skills / Corporate Visa

€175,00

20.

Study Visa

€50,00

21.

Business Visa

€175,00

22.

Medical Visa

€50,00

23.

Diplomatic Visa

€50,00

24.

Cash deposit

€750,00