Apply for a passport or travel document

You need a passport if you want to travel abroad.

A passport is a document issued by a national government for international travel and it certifies the identity and nationality of the holder.

You must have a South African identity document to apply for a passport, or if you are a child, a birth certificate.

If you are travelling on official government business, you may apply for an official passport. Diplomats get a diplomatic passport.

Find out more about passport or travel documents or contact the Department of Home Affairs.