The following webpages contain only the most important information about German passports and are meant for the very few German citizens who do not speak German. Please check the German version of this webpage for complete information about German passports.
Enlarge image (© dpa/picture-alliance, Arno Burgi) The German Missions issue passports to German citizens residing in South Africa. If you reside in the Free State, Gauteng, Limpopo, Mpumalanga or North-West submit your application to the German Embassy Pretoria, if you reside in the Eastern, Northern or Western Cape submit your application to the German Consulate General in Cape Town. Residents in KwaZulu-Natal can either apply in Pretoria or at the Honorary Consuls office in Durban
For children under the age of 12 with German citizenship, a child’s passport may also be issued instead of a regular passport.
A new passport law has been in effect since Nov. 1, 2007. Under this new law, fingerprints also must be stored on a chip contained in German passports. This affects all passport applicants six years and older.
It is therefore absolutely necessary that you personally apply for the passport.