Registration of South Africans Abroad (ROSA) is a software programme developed by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation allowing travellers to register online.
The information travellers register on ROSA allows the Department to assist South African citizens in the event of an emergency. The registration is a free, voluntary service provided by Government. ROSA is only available to South African citizens who are travelling, living or working abroad.
ROSA is an initiative that is endorsed and supported by the Association of South African Travel Agents (ASATA).
Vast numbers of our people who travel abroad every day do not encounter any difficulties. However, through our missions abroad, we have assisted a growing number of South Africans who have become victims of crime, accident/s, illness, death, natural/man-made disasters, civil unrest, or whose family and/or next-of-kin needed to contact them in an emergency.
Registration through this website is NOT considered proof of South African citizenship. If you apply for any service from an Embassy, High Commission or Consulate General (mission) while abroad, you will be asked by staff to provide proof of South African citizenship, such as a passport or bar coded ID book.
By registering your trip online with ROSA you assist the Department to locate you during an emergency, verifying your status and liaising with your next-of-kin. Information on ROSA is not continuously monitored and will only be accessed during a declared consular emergency.
Registration is voluntary and free of charge. We encourage you to consider registration as an integral part of your travel planning and security.
The information is published with permission from the SA Government.