If you are an American and you need help while you are in South Africa, you should know where the US Embassy and US consulate in South Africa are. There are 4 offices spread across the country and they serve different parts of South Africa.
Below is a complete list of the US Embassy and US consulate offices in South Africa and what you can expect from them.
The US embassy in South Africa (or any country for that matter) is the base for the United States to do its diplomatic mission in South Africa.
The embassy may also be where the US ambassador conducts his or her business.
United States citizens living or visiting South Africa can go here for government services like visas, birth registrations, passports, voting, and legal help.
The consulate focuses more on providing government services for American citizens abroad. They also facilitate U.S. investment and business interests in South Africa.
The function of the consulate is more commercial than diplomatic.
The U.S. consulates can:
- Process visa requests for South Africans looking to travel to the United States
- Accept passport applications from U.S. citizens. However, these requests are typically forwarded to the embassy.
Data below provided by USEmbassy.gov.
U.S. Consulate General, Cape Town
2 Reddam Ave
Steenberg Estate, Cape Town 7945, South Africa
Phone: +27 (21) 702-7300
Fax: +27 (21) 702-7493
This Consulate General provides services for the Eastern, Northern & Western Cape Provinces. Americans with emergencies can go here, or to get help with passports and reports of birth. Services to non-Americans include non-immigrant visas to the U.S.
U.S. Consulate General, Johannesburg
1 Sandton Drive
Sandhurst, 2196, South Africa
Phone: +27 (11) 290-3000
Fax: +27 (11) 884-0396
This consulate provides U.S. consular services for the Gauteng, Mpumalanga, Free State, Limpopo, and North-West Provinces. US citizens with emergencies can go here, or if you need help with passports and reports of birth. The Consulate also helps non-Americans with non-immigrant and immigrant visas to the U.S.
US Embassy, Pretoria
877 Pretorius St
Arcadia, Pretoria 0007, South Africa
Phone: +27 (12) 431-4000
Fax: +27 (12) 342-2299
The US Embassy in South Africa:
- Protect and promote U.S. interests in South Africa;
- Facilitate and encourage trade between the U.S. and South Africa;
- Sponsor educational exchanges;
- Issue visas for travel to the U.S.
U.S. Embassy in U.S. Consulate General in Durban
303 Dr. Pixley KaSeme Street, 31st Floor
Delta Towers, Durban, 4001, South Africa
Phone: +27 (31) 305-7600
Fax: +27 (31) 305-7691
This office provides U.S. consular services only for the province of KwaZulu-Natal. Their services included offering emergency help to US citizens, help with passports and reports of birth. For non-US citizens, they can offer help with non-immigrant visas to the United States.