Passport requirements

Home  »  Passport requirements

Kindly take note of the following important information

Machine Readable Travel Documents (MRTDs)

Issued by the Department of Home Affairs

Date 13/11/2015

To comply with regulation 2(1)(a) of the Immigration Regulations, 2014 only MACHINE READABLE TRAVEL DOCUMENTS (MRTDs) will be accepted to enter South Africa with effect from 24 November 2015.

  • In the case of a bona fide emergency situation, travellers utilising issued Emergency Travel Documents will be allowed to enter and depart from South Africa.
  • Travellers who entered South Africa before 24 November 2015 on non-MRTDs will be allowed to depart and return to their countries of origin or residence.
  • Travellers who entered South Africa with a MRTD and lost it will be allowed to depart with Emergency Travel Documents.


Machine readable passports that have been extended are not accepted!