First-time passport application for child

For a child under the age of 18 who has never had a Swedish passport the parents/legal guardians*) must apply for a coordination number and make a name registration. If this has not already been done please see further information 'Application for a coordination number and name registration'. If a you have obtained a coordination number you can apply for a passport for the child.

Once the coordination number has been obtained, the child applicant must be accompanied by at least one parent/legal guardian when making the application.

An application for a passport can be made - after booking an appointment - on Mondays between 14-16 and Wednesdays between 9-12 

The application fee can be paid by Visa or MasterCard at the Embassy when you apply, or by advanced payment to the Embassy of Sweden's bank account (see banking details below). Bring the proof of payment with you when you apply for the passport.

For information about application fees, see the heading "Consular & migration application fees".

The new passport is normally ready for collection about 2 weeks from the time of application. The passport must be collected in person - if older than 6 years otherwise the parent/legal guardian may collect - and cannot be delivered by mail. See below for information about collection at a Consulate.

The Embassy has limited opening hours in the reception due to the Corona virus (Covid-19).  To book an appointment for a passport application read more about it HERE

The following documents are required when applying for a new passport:

Documents must be presented in originals and when applicable legalised by competent authority.

  • The applicant must provide proof of identity. If the child does not yet have any other proof of identity please contact the Embassy for further assistance.
  • Child's unabridged birth certificate, issued by the Home Affairs and clearly stating the names of both parents, or notarized copy thereof.
  • Passports (or other valid photo ID with clearly visible signature) of both parents/legal guardians, or notarized copy thereof.
  • Original documentation proving South African resident status (valid visa or South African id-book) or South African citizenship (naturalization certificate) of Swedish parent/legal guardian(s), or notarized copy of same.
  • If the parent/legal guardian(s) gained South African citizenship before July 1, 2001, documentation from the Swedish Migration Board must be provided to certify that he and/or she has regained Swedish citizenship.
  • Written consent of both legal guardians (if one legal guardian cannot be present the written consent cannot be older than one month prior of time of application and must be certified).
  • The decision for a coordination number and name must be presented.
  • Parents/legal guardians' marriage certificate, if married

*) If legal custody has been granted to one parent or to another person, legal proof of guardianship must be submitted with the application.

Collection at a Consulate

The new passport may be collected at the Swedish consulate in Cape Town, Windhoek or Gaborone. For collection at a Consulate, there is an additional shipping and processing fee, see the heading "Consular & migration application fees" at the left hand side (payable at the time of application or in advance).

Banking details

Bank: Nedbank Account name: Embassy of Sweden Account no: 1602 346 933 Branch code: 160245 Branch name: Hatfield, Pretoria Reference: Applicants surname and initial.

To book an appointment for passport application at the embassy of Sweden in Pretoria.  CLICK HERE.  (The booking is via the Swedish Migration Agency’s website).

Last updated 16 Jan 2018, 4.09 PM