Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO)
Department of International Relations and Cooperation
Chief Directorate: Consular Services
Consular Services are offered to South Africans abroad by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation through its Embassies, High Commissions and Consulates General.
We are currently represented in 103 countries.
Consular services in short , refers to the assistance we render to distressed/ destitute SA citizens and/or families of persons distressed/destitute abroad; support to bereaved families including administrative assistance (non-financial) with the return of mortal remains/ashes of deceased persons; assistance to families of prisoners (within the framework of Government policy); assist with transferring small amounts of money (within the framework of Financial Regulations) to detained persons abroad; as well as the provision of Legalisation services to members of the public.