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Important Passport Information

Payment Methods & Details

The U.S. Consulates General accepts U.S. dollars (U.S. dollars from 2006 to date) and South African Rands.  The consular exchange rate may change with little notice. Please contact us for the current exchange rate.  We accept cash or credit card payment (in person only) and do not accept personal checks.

To view a complete list of fees for consular services, please visit https://www.ecfr.gov/current/title-22/chapter-I/subchapter-C/part-22/section-22.1

Appointments & Locations

Applying for a U.S. passport while outside the United States is a different process from applying for a U.S. passport while inside the United States. Although the application forms, supporting documentation, costs and finished products are the same everywhere, each U.S. Embassy and Consulate has different procedures for submitting and processing your final documents. The Consular sections in Cape Town, Durban, and Johannesburg all process United States passport applications. Currently the processing time for most regular passports is seven to fifteen business days.

Form DS-82 does not require a personal appearance nor an interview with a Consular Officer. For further information please reach out for recommended courier provider DHL.

Applicants who prefer to apply in person can book an appointment online.

Security Information

Lost or Stolen Passport

  • Please notify the nearest South African Police station of the loss/theft.
  • Inform the nearest U.S. Consulate of the loss/theft, by sending an email or leaving a message on our voice mail if necessary.


Reasonable Accomodation

If you need reasonable accommodation for your appointment, we encourage you to request your accommodation immediately once you schedule your appointment. We make every effort to provide accommodations to persons with disabilities and medical conditions. Reasonable accommodations vary, depending on the situation and the person’s needs.
Examples of accommodations include, but are not limited to:

  • If you require a private appointment due to a medical condition or disability, we may schedule an alternative time for you to come in for your interview.
  • If you or your child has special needs that requires a private appointment in a quiet space without distractions, we may schedule an alternative time for you or your family to come in for your interview.
  • If you are unable to speak, you may be allowed to respond to questions in an agreed-upon nonverbal manner such as using pen and paper.
  • If you are deaf or hard of hearing, you may bring a sign language interpreter to translate during the interview if needed.
  • If you have low vision, we may provide you with communications in large print.

If you are unable to provide fingerprints because of a medical condition, including birth defects, physical deformities, skin conditions, you may qualify for a fingerprint waiver for certain fingers.

  • Interview waivers are only granted in extreme situations, such as having a medical condition that requires flying in an air ambulance.

The waiting room of the Consular Section and its restroom is wheelchair-accessible.