Registration of South African Citizens(ROSA)

ROSA, or the Registration of South African Citizens Abroad, is a free and voluntary service provided by the South African Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) to allow South African citizens traveling, living, or working abroad to register their details with the government.

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Why register with ROSA?

Registering with ROSA can be beneficial for a number of reasons. In the event of an emergency abroad, such as a natural disaster, political crisis, or terrorist attack, DIRCO can use the information you provide to contact you and provide assistance. ROSA can also help you to stay informed about important consular news and updates, and can make it easier to apply for certain consular services, such as passport renewals.

How to register with ROSA

To register with ROSA, you can visit the DIRCO website and follow the instructions provided. You will need to provide your personal information, such as your name, date of birth, passport number, and contact details. You will also need to specify whether you are traveling, living, or working abroad, and the countries you will be visiting or residing in.

Once you have registered with ROSA, you will receive a confirmation email. You can update your registration details at any time, and you can also de-register from the system if you wish.

Benefits of registering with ROSA

  • Emergency assistance: If you are registered with ROSA, DIRCO will be able to contact you and provide assistance in the event of an emergency abroad.
  • Consular news and updates: ROSA subscribers will receive important consular news and updates, such as travel advisories and information about new consular services.
  • Consular services: ROSA can make it easier to apply for certain consular services, such as passport renewals.

Who can register with ROSA?

ROSA is open to all South African citizens, regardless of where they are in the world. You can register with ROSA whether you are traveling abroad for a short period of time, or if you are living or working abroad permanently.

How to de-register from ROSA

If you no longer wish to be registered with ROSA, you can de-register from the system by visiting the DIRCO website and following the instructions provided.

Registering with ROSA is a free and easy way to stay connected with the South African government while you are abroad. It can also give you peace of mind knowing that DIRCO will be able to contact you and provide assistance in the event of an emergency.