Australian High Commission
Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, eSwatini



All Australian citizens must lodge their passport application in person. We are not able to accept applications by mail or courier. This helps us to protect you, by protecting the security and integrity of your Australian passport. 

The Passport section at the Australian High Commission in Pretoria is open for passport interviews by appointment only on Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm.

To make a passports appointment, please click here

The following information outlines the required documentation to lodge a passport application – however, you should always review the requirements for your application from the Australian Passport Office . If you have any questions prior to your appointment, please contact the office where you are lodging your application. 

Quick guide to applying for a passport


Passport fees are payable in ZAR by credit or debit card at the nominated exchange rate (which is subject to variations).  No other form of payment, such as EFT, cash, Diner’s Club or American Express cards are accepted.

As of 1 July 2015, an additional Overseas Surcharge will be applied to passport applications lodged outside of Australia. This fee will not apply to emergency passports.

Fees for passport applications lodged with our Honorary Consuls in Mozambique, Angola, Namibia and Botswana may be paid by credit card (Visa or MasterCard only). The following credit card authorization form can be printed, completed and signed, if another person wishes to pay for your passport application by credit card only.

Credit card authorization form (downloadable PDF) 

Outreach Visits

The Australian High Commission does not have representation in Cape Town, but undertakes passport interviews in Cape Town from time to time.

Applicants who wish to be included in communication regarding upcoming trips, may send an email requesting to be added to 

Passport Photographs

Photographs for a new Australian passport must meet the standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), including size, quality, colour, style, lighting, applicant’s pose and facial expression.   In cases where the photograph presented does not meet the requirements, the applicant will be requested to supply alternative photographs.  In most cases, it is the use of poor quality paper or ink that leads to a photo being rejected after scanning.

Detailed requirements for passport photographs are outlined on the application form and on the passports website


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