Message for U.S. Citizens: Elimination of U.S. Passport Extra Pages

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The U.S. Department of State will discontinue the service of adding additional visa pages to U.S. passports as of January 1, 2016.  Requests for additional pages will be accepted for existing passports only through December 31, 2015.  The determination to eliminate the visa page insert service was made to enhance the security of the U.S. passport and to abide by international passport standards.  Since October 2014, 52-page passport books have been issued to all applicants applying at consular posts abroad.  Starting January 1, 2016, applicants who need more blank pages will need to apply to renew their passports and be issued the standard 52-page book.

As the holiday travel season approaches, you should consider applying for extra pages while they are still available or applying to renew your passport to make sure you have enough blank pages for visa stamps from other countries.  Some countries, including South Africa, require two blank pages every time you enter the country.  See for more information on entry, exit, and foreign visa requirements.  Appointments for U.S. passport services at the U.S. Consulates General in South Africa are scheduled online at American Citizen Services appointments.

For further information:

  • See the State Department’s travel websitefor the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information for South Africa.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program(STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
  • Follow us on Twitterand Facebook.
  • Contact the U.S. Consulates General in Johannesburg, Cape Town, or Durban located at the addresses below. The U.S. Embassy in Pretoria does not have a consular section and does not provide consular services.

U.S. Consulate General, Johannesburg
(Covering Gauteng, Mpumalanga, Limpopo, North West, and Free State provinces)
1 Sandton Drive (corner of Rivonia and Sandton Drive)
Sandhurst, Johannesburg
Tel: 011-290-3000 (outside South Africa: +27-11-290-3000)
After-hours emergencies: 079-111-1684 (outside South Africa: +27-79-111-1684)

U.S. Consulate General, Cape Town
(Covering Western Cape, Eastern Cape, and Northern Cape provinces)
2 Reddam Avenue
Tokai, Cape Town
Tel: 021-702-7300 (outside South Africa: +27 21-702-7300)
After-hours emergencies: 079-111-0391 (outside South Africa: +27-79-111-0391)

U.S. Consulate General, Durban
(Covering KwaZulu-Natal Province)
Delta Towers (former Old Mutual Building), 31st floor
303 Dr. Pixley kaSeme Street
Tel: 031-305-7600 (outside South Africa +27-31-305-7600)
After-hours emergencies: 079-111-1445 (outside South Africa +27-79-111-1445)

U.S. Embassy to the Republic of South Africa
(Note: The Embassy does not provide consular services)
877 Pretorius Street
Arcadia, Pretoria
Tel: 012-431-4000 (outside South Africa: +27-12-431-4000)