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What Documents Are Required For Kids Travelling To South Africa?

September 25, 2014

What Documents Are Required For Kids Travelling To South Africa?

Paul Campbell - September 25, 2014

Our friends over at SATOA have prepared a handy printable guide to the new Regulations For Travelling To South Africa With Children.

The new rules affect everyone who has children younger than 18 years when travelling to or from South Africa after 01 June 2015, and the requirements apply regardless of nationality. The highlights are:

Effective from 1 June 2015.

Requirements apply regardless of nationality.

Parents travelling with children into or departing from South Africa must produce an unabridged birth certificate (ie providing full details of the child’s parents) for the child (certified copies are acceptable).

If both parents are not travelling, the one travelling parent must show an unabridged birth certificate for the child, and consent in the form of an affidavit from the other parent, or a court order, or (where applicable) a death certificate for a deceased parent.

Where a person is travelling with a child who is not their biological child, he/she must produce an unabridged birth certificate for the child (certified copies are acceptable), affidavit from the child’s parents or legal guardian giving consent and copies of the identity documents or passport of the parents or legal guardian.

There are also additional rules for unaccompanied minors – available on request.

For more information see:

SATOA guide to the new Regulations For Travelling To South Africa With Children

Guide to getting a duplicate birth certificate for births registered in the UK

For more information, contact the South African High Commission (http://southafricahouseuk.com/) or the South African Department of Home Affairs (http://www.dha.gov.za/).

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