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Below please find the most important information for German citizens obtaining a German passport.

With effect of November 2007 fingerprints must be stored on a chip contained in German passports. This affects all passport applicants six years and older.

Every applicant is therefore required to apply in person. 

For children below the age of 12 with German citizenship, a children’s passport may be issued instead of a regular passport.

Please consult the German Webpage for further information concerning the application of German passports and contact the Embassy for detailed clarification.

Information sheet

Travelling to South Africa with minors

Persons below the age of 18 travelling to South Africa need to carry an international birth certificate since 01.06.2015. For futher information consult the German website of the German Missions in South Africa. Alternatively you may consult the South African Department of Home Affairs for detailed Information.


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