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London 14:25, 15 Nov 2010
Pretoria 16:25, 15 Nov 2010
Last updated at 7:45 (UK time) 4 Nov 2010

Sierra Leone

Passports for British nationals in Sierra Leone are now issued by the British High Commission in Pretoria.  This is part of a global initiative to rationalise passport services and reduce administration costs while ensuring that the quality of service remains high.

However, applicants need to apply via the British High Commission in Sierra Leone.  Please send applications to the following address:

The Passport Officer
British High Commission
6 Spur Road
Sierra Leone

How do I apply for a British Passport in South Africa?

  1. Download the appropriate passport application form.
  2. Please read the accompanying notes carefully and make sure that each section of the form is completed in full, even if you do not think it is applicable. It is easier for us to discount sections we do not need than it is to request further information, which can cause lengthy delays.
  3. Ensure that the photos provided meet the new Biometric criteria.
  4. Ensure you have submitted the correct documents – without correct documentation we cannot issue a passport.  Please choose one of the following links to check what documentation you need to provide: applying for a first British passport; renewal of an existing British passport; or to replace a lost or stolen British passport.
  5. You must include payment for the passport fee and courier fees.
    1.Passport fee - click here for the correct passport fees.


    2.Courier fees – If you are applying for your first British passport, or your passport has been lost or stolen, please present your application in Freetown with 929,473 Sierra Leone Leones in cash.  If you are applying to renew your passport please present your application in Freetown with 975,465 Sierra Leone Leones in cash. 
  6. The High Commission in Pretoria will assess the application, issue the passport and return it to the British High Commission in Sierra Leone, via DHL, for you to collect.

For customers renewing a passport: we aim to return your new passport to you within 4 weeks. This time frame does not take into account any delays which may occur with local post or courier services. Applications can also take longer during busy times of the year.

If you are applying for a passport for the first time (this includes customers who are changing their name other than by marriage or replacing old blue books, lost or stolen passports) you should allow at least 6 weeks for processing.

If your application is not straightforward, for example the form is incomplete or you have not provided the correct documentation, your application will be returned to you and you will be required to pay the courier fee again.  If you are required to attend an interview at the British High Commission in Freetown you will be notified by the examining officer. Under these circumstances your application may take longer to process. We recommend you apply in plenty of time before you travel.

Please note – DHL office will answer any courier-related queries about their service, but they cannot answer queries about British passport matters. DHL only provides the courier service.  Please also refer to the general DHL website

For enquires about passport matters please telephone (0027) 12 421 7801, select option 3, and inform the call handler that you are calling from Sierra Leone, or e-mail: Passport enquiries

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