Renewing your British Passport in South Africa

As at 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.

There are many daily direct flights between London, Johannesburg and Cape Town, and getting back to the UK for a visit is never complicated. 

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.

MyBritishPassport specializes in assisting British nationals with British passport renewals, first-time UK passport applications and British certificate applications.

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

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


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

This is a very common question among British citizens living 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.

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.

Have additional questions about the UK passport renewal process from South Africa? Send us an email at and we will get back to you as soon as possible!

b) Can I renew my British passport online?

Yes, you can renew your British passport online!

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.

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 our own, dedicated 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, the passport office 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. 

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

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

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

If you have less than 6 months of validity left on your passport, we recommend starting the renewal process as soon as possible.

Making travel arrangements whilst your passport is being renewed is not recommended as there could be an unforeseen delay in receiving your new passport.

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

Please see our 2021 prices below. All inclusive of government fees, shipping fees, new passport delivered to the applicant – no additional payments will be required.

  • 34 page Adult passport  R4195.00
  • 50 page jumbo Adult passport R4,395.00
  • 34 page child passport R3,795.00
  • Birth registration R4,195

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, send us a message below and a member of our team will be in touch shortly.


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