Important travel information - for anyone travelling with a child

Effective 1st June. New regulations for children travelling to & from South Africa.

Effective travel date from 01 June 2015, regardless of the time of booking, all minors under 18 years of age travelling to and from the Republic of South Africa, have to present additional documents which were not needed until now. These new regulations apply to all travellers, regardless of their nationality. They were promulgated (set out) in terms of the South African Immigration Amendment Act of 2010 and define children as persons under the age of 18.

It is the responsibility of passengers to ensure their children have the correct documentation or risk being denied boarding. The new law will be enforced by airlines and immigration officials across the board (land, sea and air).

REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION:

  • When both parents are travelling with a childthey need to produce an unabridged birth certificate that shows the names of both parents. In cases where the certificate is in a language other than English, it must be accompanied by a sworn translation issued by a competent authority in the country concerned.
     
  • When a child travels with only one parent, additional documents should include an affidavit in which the absent parent gives consent for the child to travel, a court order granting full parental responsibilities or legal guardianship of the child, or the death certificate of the absent parent. The affidavit should be no more than three months old, from date of travel.
     
  • In the case of a child travelling with a person other than a parent, the unabridged birth certificate must be supplemented by affidavits from the parents or legal guardians confirming that the child may travel with that person, copies of the identity documents or passports of the parents or legal guardian, and the contact details of the parents or legal guardian.
     
  • Similarly, a child travelling as an unaccompanied minorwould have to produce the unabridged birth certificate, proof of consent from both parents, or legal guardian and contact details, plus documentation relating to the person receiving the child in the Republic. The latter documentation should include a letter stating the person’s contact details and residential address and contact details where the child will be residing, plus a copy of his or her identity document, passport or residence permit.

All documents must either be original or certified as true copies of the original, by a competent authority. Documents not in English must be accompanied by a sworn translation.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Download the following from the Department of Home Affairs South Africa:

http://www.flysaa.com/cms/GB/information/New_Child_Legislation.pdf

http://www.dha.gov.za/files/Brochures/Immigrationleaflet.pdf