HE Ms Gita Kamath – Australian High Commissioner Designate
Welcome to the website of the Australian High Commission in Pretoria, South Africa.
The Australian High Commission is accredited to seven countries in Southern Africa – Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and eSwatini – as well as the Southern African Development Community (SADC).
South Africa is Australia’s largest export market on the continent, our partner in important forums such as the G20 and Indian Ocean Rim Association, as well as our co-host of the ground-breaking Square Kilometre Array telescope.
Australia is proud of its strong historical opposition to the apartheid regime in South Africa and our bilateral relationship has flourished in the democratic era, today spanning trade, investment, education, the arts, science and tourism – not to mention our friendly rivalry on the sporting field.
Australia’s links with the broader region are also substantial and growing, particularly through increasing commercial ties, as well as through programs such as our long-standing Australia Awards scholarships.
We share an interest in a peaceful and prosperous region and are committed to working with the countries of Southern Africa as a friend and partner.
I strongly urge Australian citizens and permanent residents in Southern Africa to subscribe to travel advice updates through www.smartraveller.gov.au. You can subscribe to one or more countries or to our official bulletins for information about topics such as voting in Australians elections, large sporting events, or widespread health or security issues.
The South African Government implemented new immigration regulations effective 1 June 2015.
Click here for more information.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Visa enquiries
The High Commission is unable to provide responses to visa enquiries through Facebook or Twitter. Please use the appropriate contact channel depending on whether or not you have already applied for your visa, listed under: Visas and Migration.
Please do not provide your personal information via social media channels.
Please allow sufficient time in advance of travel to lodge your visa application.
Please note information about visa processing times can be found at this link: Global Visa and Citizenship Processing Times