1.Contact the authorities
You will need to file a police report immediately, which you will need when you apply for a replacement passport.
2. Contact the South African Embassy or Consulate
Send an email, make a call, and get yourself to the consulate as soon as you can.
3. Apply for an Emergency Travel Certificate
Emergency passports are no longer issued so you will only be able to apply for an Emergency Travel Certificate, which is valid for a maximum period of nine months but only for a single trip. This is for those who need to travel urgently and there is insufficient time to process a passport application which will take longer than a week.
4. You’ll need to create an application which includes the following:
a) A completed passport application form DHA-73
b) Proof of your South African citizenship with either a South African identity book, driver’s license, birth certificate or old passport copy.
c) If under 18 years parental consent
d) Written motivation for the issuing of the Emergency Travel Certificate, along with any proof of the urgency of the trip.
e) A schedule of your travel arrangements.
f) Two colour photographs that comply with the Passport and ID Photograph Specifications: 35mm x 45mm.
g) Payment of the prescribed fee (currently R140).
As different embassies and consulates may differ when it comes to issuing of emergency travel certificates, you should ask for a time frame and ensure that friends and family are aware of it. Don’t forget to check out the House of Samsonite Accessories section to discover a range of items to keep your passport safe.