URGENT NOTICE TO IRISH VISITORS TO SOUTH AFRICA
The Government of South Africa has announced more details of its lockdown measures, effective from midnight on Thursday 26th March. All international and domestic flights are prohibited. All foreign tourists in the country after midnight on Thursday must remain in situ for the duration of the 21 day lockdown period. All Irish citizens in 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.
For the duration of the lockdown measures in South Africa (currently scheduled for 27th March to 16th April), the office of the Embassy of Ireland Pretoria will be closed. Documents can no longer be collected or delivered. The Cape Town Liaison Office will also be 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 apply 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.