South Africa moves to Alert Level 1 of Lockdown

Alert Level 1
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On 1 March 2021, South Africa has moved into Alert Level 1 of Lockdown. This move will mean that more government services will re-open again.

Border Posts and Airports

The move to Alert Level 1 of the lockdown will not affect the current situation re border posts and international airports.

The 33 land border posts currently closed will remain close. The 20 open border posts will remain open.

The five international airports accommodating international travel will remain open. These airports are OR Tambo, Cape Town International, King Shaka International, Kruger Mmpulanga airport and Lanseria airport.

Services at the Department of Home Affairs

The good news is that the move to Alert Level 1 of the lockdown will result in the resumption of more services at the Department of Home Affairs in South Africa! Many clients will be delighted to hear that they can once again apply for a South African passport!

Unfortunately, citizenship services will remain unavailable for now.

The Home Affairs services that will resume on 4 March 2021 include the following:

  • Re-issues of Smart ID Cards and identity documents
  • Registration and Solemnisation of Marriages
  • Amendments and rectifications
  • Late Registration of Birth (LRB) for all categories
  • Applications and collections of passports for all categories

Home Affairs services that will resume on 8 March 2021 include:

  • Online services that are available through eHome Affairs and partner banks

Home Affairs services that are available in addition to the new services resuming:

  • Registrations of Births
  • Re-issuance of Births Certificates
  • Late Registration of Birth (LRB) for learners and pensioners only;
  • Death registration
  • Applications temporary Identity certificate (TIC)
  • Collection of Identity cards or documents
  • Applications and collection of passports for persons exempt to travel
  • Lastly, the applications for identity (Smart ID) Cards or documents for matriculants only  

How Breytenbachs can help you

Breytenbachs is delighted to share the news that South Africans can once again apply for passports during Alert Level 1 of the lockdown.

Our SA Immigration department is currently able to assist clients with several South African visa and permit services. Please do not hesitate to contact us for more information. Alternatively, please fill out our free SA Immigration Assessment form.

Please also see our article on the Validity of South African Visas – a Covid-19 update.