Zimbabwe launches e-passport processing trial in Johannesburg


JOHANNESBURG—The Zimbabwean Consulate in Johannesburg, South Africa, has commenced a trial run of its new electronic passport (e-passport) processing centre, according to a public notice issued by Consul-General Eria Phiri.

Zimbabwe e passports trial begins in Johannesburg

The rollout will occur in two stages, with the first phase focused on system testing and training consulate staff. This phase began on June 15, 2024, and the trial run is scheduled from June 18 to June 21, 2024. 

A limited number of clients, randomly selected from those visiting the consulate at 13A Boeing Road West, Bedfordview, will participate.

"The trial run will allow the Consulate to gauge the level of system responsiveness and effectiveness in a real-world environment before the full rollout to the public," the statement read.

The second phase, which is the full rollout to the public, will be announced before June 21, 2024.

Key Details of the E-Passport Application

1. Cost: The ordinary passport costs USD 150.00, converted to South African Rands based on the previous week’s average USD/ZAR exchange rate. An additional USD 20 fee applies for a QR code.

2. Requirements:

  •    Original Birth Certificate
  •    Original Identity Document (metal, plastic, or paper IDs acceptable)
  •    Passport (if valid or expired)
  •    Original Marriage Certificate (for married women)

3. Processing Time: The e-passport is expected to be ready for collection after seven working days.

4. Payment Mode: Details will be communicated to participants upon selection.

The trial will run alongside the old passport application system. 

The notice concluded by saying that the Zimbabwean Embassy in Pretoria and consulates in Johannesburg and Cape Town do not have agents acting on their behalf.

For further information, the consulate can be contacted via their official channels:

Facebook: Zimbabweconsulate Boeing Road Bedfordview

X (formerly Twitter): Zimbabweconsulatejhb

WhatsApp: +27 82 824 9435


Hotline: +27 66 487 3806

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