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What is a South African Passport worth?

What is a South African Passport worth?

South Africa seems to have abounded the global standards of carrying a passport. And internationally it is not regarded as safe. Whereas other countries constantly improve the security features of its passports, SA seems to have given up completely.

The entire drama started in July 2009, when suddenly the United Kingdom required South Africans to apply for visas, mostly as a result of terrorism fears. Most importantly, that terrorists could obtain passports which allow them to travel into Europe.

And there are 2 elements to it, the passport itself as well as the control over its production system. Apparently many blank passports simply disappeared at the government printers.

Things have since improved, but not yet to the extend that South Africans can travel without having to apply for a visa in order to enter the UK and Europe. Effectively a visa is another (upfront) passport verification process.

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South Africans will be able to apply for their passports in a bank

South Africans will be able to apply for their passports in a bank

The Department of Home Affairs spokesperson Mahyilome Tshwete announced that it will be possible for South Africans to apply for their smartcard ID at certain banks in order to fasten the roll-out. This smartcard ID is to replace the old green ID book which will remain valid.

In order to provide this service, Home Affairs will set up special counters in the bank branches. The application itself will be done online so that no paper application forms will be needed anymore.

After the applicant, who has to be customer of the bank, goes to the special counter in the branch and continues the application there.

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The banks provide the devices which make it possible to take the biometrical photos and fingerprints needed for the new smart ID.

After a few days the applicant shall receive a SMS from DHA to notify that the card is ready and he/she can go back to the bank to collect the new ID.

However, the application process shall stay the same as if applying at the DHA, therefore also meeting the same requirements. Continue reading

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FAQ: How to apply for a South African ID Book

3G0A10229SmallSouth African ID Books are issued to South African citizens and Permanent Resident holders from the age of 16 years and onwards. If you are working for the South African government or one of its statutory bodies outside the Republic of South Africa, you are also eligible to receive a South African ID Book.

ID Book Permanent ResidenceThe green bar-coded identity book can be considered as a legal proof of identification in South Africa.

All ID Book applications are done at the respective Departments of Home Affairs or South African Missions or Consulates abroad.

The applications are then sent to the Department of Home Affairs head office in Pretoria where applications are processed and ID Books are generated.

If you are applying for a South African ID Book for the first time, this step by step process is worth a read. Continue reading

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General information about South African Identity books / Identity Documents

An identity document is important to get as soon as you are eligible (from 15 years of age) as it proves your identity. The green bar-coded Identity book (ID book) is also a legal form of identity when dealing with public and private institutions. There are many occasions when you will be requested to provide a copy of your ID book – for example for access to housing, education and healthcare services; to apply for a driver’s license for a job; when entering into business agreements and even when registering for the Unemployment Insurance Fund.

You will also need an ID book to apply for a passport, and visas to work, study or visit friends and family overseas. In addition you need your ID book to register to vote in the general and municipal elections. Continue reading

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