|Registration of South Africans Abroad (ROSA)|
ROSA is the acronym for the ‘Registration of South Africans Abroad’, a software programme developed by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) to enable travellers to register online.
The information travellers register on ROSA allows the DIRCO to
assist South African nationals in the event of an emergency. The
registration is a free, voluntary service provided by government
(through the DIRCO). ROSA is only available to South African nationals
who are travelling, living, working or studying abroad. (Note: South
African nationals with dual nationality may register if they are not
travelling to the country of their second nationality.)
Most 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,
accidents, illness, death, natural/man-made disasters, civil unrest, or
whose family and/or next-of-kin needed to contact them in an emergency.
How can the Embassy or Consulate assist me while I am abroad?
The Chief Directorate: Consular Services in the DIRCO, in close collaboration with the Consular Sections of South African Representatives abroad, provides consular services to South African citizens who work, live and travel abroad.
Consular Services operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. On weekends and after hours, assistance is rendered in co-operation with the DIRCO's Operations Room in Pretoria. The Operations Room supports our 121 Representatives in 105 countries affording services that cover the entire world.
A detailed list of services is available at http://www.dirco.gov.za/consular/services.htm
ROSA will be utilised by Consular Officers at Head Office or at a
South African Mission abroad in the event of a disaster, emergency or
other crisis as outlined above.
Registration and Privacy
The consular assistance provided by the DIRCO, in the case of an
emergency, is usually of a non-financial nature, and the DIRCO will not
be responsible for payment of legal, medical, travelling expenses or any
other expenses on behalf of the traveller.
04 Jul 2012