IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR IRISH VISITORS TO SOUTH AFRICA
The Government of South Africa has announced a national lockdown in South Africa in response to COVID-19. The lockdown measures will remain under review and will be adjusted from time to time. Information is available here. We ask Irish visitors remaining in South Africa to respect lockdown regulations and follow public health requirements. If you are visiting South Africa and are in need of support, please contact us.
All commercial international and domestic flights are currently suspended and it is not clear when they will resume. All Irish citizens currently visiting South Africa are asked to ensure that you have registered with the Embassy of Ireland. Please provide your current contact details and your current location in South Africa.
The office of the Embassy of Ireland in Pretoria remains closed to the public during the current phase of lockdown. Until further notice the Embassy will accept collection of documents, by courier only, between 9am and 12 noon from Monday to Thursday. We cannot accept delivery of any documents at this time. The Cape Town Liaison Office is also closed. During this time communication by email is preferred. We will prioritise responding to urgent queries.
Until further notice we will not accept new visa applications. You will still be able to begin your application online in the normal manner, but you will not be able to complete your application process. Applications will only be processed for emergency or essential travel for medical personnel, immediate family members of Irish citizens, persons legally resident in Ireland, and persons entitled to avail of the provision of the EU Free Movement Directive. If this applies to you, submit your visa application online in the normal manner and contact the Embassy for instructions on completing your application. The visa office will contact all other applicants who have already submitted applications to advise you on next steps.