How to renew your British Passport in South Africa.

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As of 2021, there were just over 210,000 British citizens living in South Africa. It is easy to see why so many UK nationals have chosen South Africa’s sunny shores as their new homes.

From its majestic mountains, to sandy beaches, sunny skies, spectacular wildlife and friendly locals, South Africa has for many decades been a prime location for those wanting a high quality of life and a new adventure.

If you are a British citizen living in South Africa, you have probably wondered how you can renew your British passport from South Africa when the time comes.

Renewing your British Passport in South Africa

MyBritishPassport specializes in assisting British nationals with British passport renewals from South Africa. Simply click here to get your easy online renewal started today.

We make the British passport renewal process easy, quick and stress-free so that you can concentrate on what’s most important to you in life.  

A passport is an important document that proves your identity and nationality. It’s also necessary for travel. Here are some reasons to renew your UK passport:

  • Your passport has expired or will expire soon
  • You have had a change in name 
  • You need to update your photo
  • Your passport has been lost or stolen
  • You need to replace a damaged passport
  • You have changed your legal name or address

If you’re planning to renew your passport, this article will answer all of your questions and walk you through the steps involved in completing a British passport renewal online.

How to Renew A UK Passport in South Africa

A commonly searched question by British Expats in South Africa is ‘how to renew my British passport in South Africa“. We’ll answer all of your questions surrounding UK passport renewal in South Africa in this article. 

Below are some key tips on how you can go about renewing your British passport in South Africa:

Frequently Asked Questions

a) Can I renew my British passport in South Africa?

Yes, you can renew your British Passport in South Africa. The good news is that you will not have to go back to the UK to renew your passport, nor will you have to apply in person at your local British Consulate, embassy or high commission. 

  • The entire UK passport renewal process now takes place online and there are no physical forms to be completed and sent away. Click here to start the UK passport renewal process from South Africa. 
  • That being said, you will have to complete the online passport renewal form and submit it electronically. It is still very important that your forms are completed accurately and without error so that you can avoid unnecessary delays or money wastage.
  • If you are concerned about the passport renewal process or you would like to ensure that your application is correct and accepted by Her Majesty’s Passport Office the first time, contact a member of the MyBritishPassport team here and we will take care of everything for you!

A MyBritishPassport specialist will thoroughly check your passport renewal forms to make sure that they contain no inaccuracies. They will also ensure that your digital passport photographs meet the passport office’s standards.

b) Can I renew my British passport online?

Yes, you can renew your British passport online! Renewing a British passport in South Africa has never been easier. 

In fact, as mentioned above, the entire process is now completely electronic, so you won’t have to send away for physical forms and complete them by hand. As of October 2013, you can no longer renew your British Passport at the British embassy in South Africa.

It therefore doesn’t matter where you are located in the world as you simply need to complete the online forms, submit electronic passport photos and then send in your old British passport.

MyBritishPassport will arrange for your old British passport to be sent to Her Majesty’s Passport Office using a reliable courier service. This helps to eliminate the risk of your passport getting lost in transit or not arriving.

Your MyBritishPassport specialist will also submit your electronic forms and passport photographs to the passport office, leaving no room for error.

Once your new UK passport is ready, we will send it directly to your doorstep via DHL. Your old UK passport will also be sent back to you (although the corners will be cut off so you can’t use it again) in a separate courier.

Using the services of MyBritishPassport makes renewing your British passport from South Africa easy and painless! Click here to renew your British passport online, from South Africa. 

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c) How long does it take to renew a passport in South Africa?

Normally, it will take between 4 to 6 weeks for your new British passport to arrive in South Africa.

With the current Covid-19 pandemic, UK government departments are taking longer to process passports and other official documents.

If you have less than 6 months of validity left on your passport, we recommend starting the renewal process as soon as possible. Renewing a British passport in South Africa takes longer than doing it from within the United Kingdom.

d) How much does it cost to renew a British passport in South Africa?

Please see our 2021 prices below. 

All inclusive cost of renewing a UK passport: government fees, shipping fees, service fees, new passport delivered to the applicant – no additional payments will be required.

includes birth registration and 34-page first-time passport$815.00

Document Issue date Price (GBP*)

Adult 34-page Standard Passport

latest passport issued AFTER 1 January 2004 £205.00
Adult 34-page Standard Passport latest passport issued BEFORE 1 January 2004 £265.00
Child 34-page Standard Passport All  £180.00
Adult 50-page Jumbo Passport  latest passport issued AFTER 1 January 2004 £215.00
Adult 50-page Jumbo Passport  latest passport issued BEFORE 1 January 2004 £275.00

*GBP – British Pound Sterling

Click here to start your British Passport renewal from South Africa today.

e) What supporting documents do I need for a UK passport renewal?

The supporting documents required for a UK passport renewal often differ on a case-by-case basis. As a starting point, we recommend completing our online application form. Once you have completed the form, one of our expert consultants will get back to you shortly to advise what supporting documents are required for your unique application. 

Our goal is to ensure that your passport renewal process is as quick and easy as possible. 

f) Do I send my old passport when renewing UK?

Yes, you must send in your old/current passport when you apply for a new one. Once your application has been completed, the old passport will be sent back to you via our reliable, registered courier service. 

Here at MyBritishPassport, we specialise in assisting UK nationals living in South Africa with a wide variety of services, including British passport renewals, first-time passport applications and certificate applications from South Africa.

For more information on how we can assist you with your UK passport renewal in South Africa, send us a message below and a member of our team will be in touch shortly.

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Apply for a British passport from South Africa

Are you looking to apply for a first-time British Passport from South Africa? In addition to renewals, MyBritishPassport offers expert assistance with UK passport applications from South Africa. 

To find out more about the requirements for your unique case when applying for a British passport from South Africa, please contact us here.

How do I apply for a British passport in South Africa?

To apply for a British Passport in South Africa, you will need to complete an online application form and complete a secure online payment. 

Once this is done, you will need to send in the supporting documents that are required for your unique case, as well as digital passport photos. Click here to get your online application started today.

How much is a first time British passport?

All inclusive of government fees, shipping fees, new passport delivered to the applicant – no additional payments will be required.

Document Price (GBP*)
Adult 34-page Standard Passport


Child 34-page Standard Passport


Adult 50-page Jumbo Passport:


*GBP – British Pound Sterling

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15:30 23 May 21
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