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Travelling with Children

South Africa has a new law regulating international travel with minors.  It has been in the media a lot lately due it it being implemented too quickly for people to comply.  However, the law will come in to effect on 01 June 2015 and here is what you need to know.

Child Travel Requirements

Child Travel Requirements

For additional information have a look on the ASATA Website.

This law regarding travelling with children particularly affects people with shared custody as permission is required from both parents for a child to enter or leave the South Africa.   The law does not only apply to South African citizens, but also to international visitors.

Child and Both Parents

Parents must produce an unabridged birth certificate and a valid passport

Child and One Parent

Parents must produce an unabridged birth certificate, a valid passport and a court order/death certificate/affadavit confirming the absent parent has given permission for the child to travel.

Child and Guardian

Guardian must produce an unabridged birth certificate, a valid passport and a court order/death certificate/affadavit confirming the parents has given permission for the child to travel.

Child Unaccompanied

Child must produce an unabridged birth certificate, a valid passport and a court order/death certificate/affadavit confirming permission to travel from both parents or legal guardian.  Al letter from the person who will receive the child in South Africa, including their full contact details and a certified copy of their ID/Passport must be produced.

Getting copies of birth certificates

Information obtained from Department of Home Affairs Website

Unabridged birth certificates are issued upon request to persons who are:

  • South African citizens by birth or naturalisation
  • Children of South African citizens who were born abroad

If you need additional copies of an abridged birth certificate (which could be either computer printed, a certified copy of the birth register or hand written) or copies of an unabridged birth certificate you must:

Complete Form BI–154 and submit it to the nearest office of the Department of Home Affairs if you are in South Africa, or the nearest South African embassy, mission or consulate if you are overseas pay the required fee for the application
Undocumented Foreign Nationals who are born in South Africa are issued with a certificate free of charge on registration of their births.

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