The health and safety of Australians overseas is our highest priority.
If you have not already done so, please register your details to the Australian High Commission in Pretoria. This enables us to contact you should the need arise.
Click on this link to register with us: https://covid19.dfat.gov.au
Staying in Touch
We remain committed to providing consular advice and services to Australians in Southern Africa during the current lockdown. We encourage you to continue monitoring our social media platforms – Twitter, Facebook and Linkedin – for updates.
- Smartraveller information on Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Information on Coronavirus (COVID-19) travel restrictions for people entering Australia
- Information on the Australian government’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) isolation requirements
- Further information from the Australian Government
For urgent consular and passport assistance the High Commission can be contacted via email: [email protected]
For Visa Enquiries please contact the Department of Home Affairs Global Service Centre (GSC) on +61 2 6196 0196, open Monday to Friday, 09:00 to 17:00 (local time) or via the Australian Immigration Enquiry Form
HE Ms Gita Kamath – Australian High Commissioner
Welcome to the website of the Australian High Commission in Pretoria, South Africa.
The Australian High Commission is accredited to seven countries in Southern Africa – Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and eSwatini – as well as the Southern African Development Community (SADC).
South Africa is Australia’s largest export market on the continent, our partner in important forums such as the G20 and Indian Ocean Rim Association, as well as our co-host of the ground-breaking Square Kilometre Array telescope.
Australia is proud of its strong historical opposition to the apartheid regime in South Africa and our bilateral relationship has flourished in the democratic era, today spanning trade, investment, education, the arts, science and tourism – not to mention our friendly rivalry on the sporting field.
Australia’s links with the broader region are also substantial and growing, particularly through increasing commercial ties, as well as through programs such as our long-standing Australia Awards scholarships.
We share an interest in a peaceful and prosperous region and are committed to working with the countries of Southern Africa as a friend and partner.
I strongly urge Australian citizens and permanent residents in Southern Africa to subscribe to travel advice updates through www.smartraveller.gov.au. You can subscribe to one or more countries or to our news updates.
The South African Government implemented new immigration regulations effective 1 June 2015.
Click here for more information.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Visa enquiries
Please use the appropriate contact channel depending on whether or not you have already applied for your visa, listed under: Visas and Migration. The High Commission is unable to provide responses to visa enquiries via social media.
Please do not provide your personal information via social media channels.
Please allow sufficient time in advance of travel to lodge your visa application.
Please note information about visa processing times can be found at this link: Global Visa and Citizenship Processing Times
IMPORTANT NOTICE: COVID-19
#COVID19: There is a ban on overseas travel from Australia, including to South Africa (https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/crisis/covid-19-and-travel and https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/destinations/africa/south-africa)
If you’re already overseas and wish to return to Australia be prepared for delays and read the government’s travel advice on trying to get home (https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/COVID-19/trying-get-home)
If you can’t or decide not to return to Australia, follow the advice of local authorities and minimise your risk of exposure. You should be aware that our ability to provide consular assistance may be limited as a result of restrictions on our movement. We encourage Australian citizens and Permanent Residents wishing to return to Australia to register with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Further information on registration is provided here - https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/COVID-19/registration-FAQs.