U.S. Citizen Services

If you are a U.S. Citizen in South Africa and need help returning to the U.S., please click here.

American Citizen Services (ACS) is part of Consular Services, based at the U.S. Consulates in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban. Assistance is provided to American citizens residing in or visiting South Africa, including but not limited to Passport services, Consular Reports of Births Abroad (CRBA), and Notarials. The consulates also assist in emergency situations, including deaths, arrests and crisis situations.

Routine passport/citizenship and notarial services are by appointment only at the Consulates in:

For questions relating to South African laws concerning residence, marriage, etc. please refer to the South African Department of Home Affairs website.

All U.S. consulates are closed for non-emergency services on Fridays, Weekends, and on U.S. and South African public holidays.

If you are a South African citizen or a third-country national and would like information on applying for a visa, please visit the Visas page.

Alerts and Messages

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