My South African passport is expiring in a few months' time. I would like to avoid having to travel back to SA from Italy where I am a permanent resident to renew it. I would have expected to find some relevant information regarding the process, expected timing and costs on the website, but alas, there is nothing useful at http://lnx.sudafrica.it/

I would like to know if 1. There is a place to find relevant documentation 1. If the process is obscure by design, are there agencies which could handle this for me?


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The Consular Office Rome site gives no details about passport applications (which I assume would fall within the area of Civic services).

So calling them would probably be the best thing to do.

The Tourist passport: Persons 16 years and older doc file contains information that may be usefull to read beforhand.

  • this link was found at the South African Embassy in Germany

so may also apply to to Rome and Milan Consulates.

  • Applications submitted at the Embassy in Berlin or Consulate-General in Munich are sent free of charge to the Department of Home Affairs in Pretoria, where applications are finalised and new documents issued, with the diplomatic freight bag once a month. In the case of urgent applications, applicants may opt to organise and pay for a courier service to collect their applications from our office and have it delivered directly to the Department in Pretoria – applicants who would like to make use of this option should confirm this in writing when submitting their applications.
  • After the application has been sent to the Department of Home Affairs in Pretoria, it may take up to 6 months for the application to be finalised and the newly issued document to reach the office of application / South African mission abroad. Status / progress reports are not provided to applicants by the mission during the above-mentioned processing period; applicants may however contact the Department of Home Affairs Contact Centre themselves about their application status: HYPERLINK "mailto:[email protected]" [email protected].

Consular Office Rome
The Consular Sections of the Embassy and the Consulate General of South Africa based in Rome and Milan , render an Immigration service to citizens of Italy, Malta, San Marino and Albania.
Civic services are also rendered to South African citizens in these regions.

Submission of Applications :
Monday-Friday 09: 00–12: 00 Saturday / Sunday Closed

Telephonic inquiries -

  • Monday-Thursday 1.30pm-4.30pm
  • Friday 12:00 - 13:30
  • Saturday / Sunday Closed

E-mail: [email protected]
Tel: +39 06 85254262 ( Telephonic inquiries )
Fax: +39 06 84242237


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