Child Travel Policy

Traveling with children under the age of 18

 
In recent weeks the  Department of Home Affairs in South Africa implemented new rules  when traveling with children  under the age of 18. These rules will be implemented for travel starting from 01 June 2015. Please note below notification from South African Home Affairs with regard to the new travel regulation whereby it will be compulsory for parents travelling with children to be in possession of valid unabridged birth certificates (Unabridged meaning a birth certificate displaying the names of both parents of the child). At present we do not foresee a postponement of this regulation and we therefore urge you to make sure you have the necessary documentation or you will be denied boarding for your flight to South Africa. An outline of the documentation needed is detailed below. 
 
A) Extract from the Publication of the Draft Immigration Regulations, 2014 Regulation 6: (12)
 
Where parents are travelling with a child, such parents must produce an unabridged birth certificate of the child reflecting the particulars of the parents of the child.
 
B) In the case of one parent travelling with a child, he or she must produce an unabridged birth certificate and-
  • consent in the form of an affidavit from the other parent registered as a parent on the birth certificate of the child authorising him or her to enter into or depart from the Republic with the child he or she is travelling with;
  • a court order granting full parental responsibilities and rights or legal guardianship in respect of the child, if he or she is the parent or legal guardian of the child; or
  • where applicable, a death certificate of the other parent registered as a parent of the child on the birth certificate;
  • provided that the Director-General may, where the parents of the child are both deceased and the child is travelling with a relative or another person related to him or her or his or her parents, approve such a person to enter into or depart from the Republic with such a child.
C) Where a person is travelling with a child who is not his or her biological child, he or she must produce-
  • a copy of the unabridged birth certificate of the child;
  • an affidavit from the parents or legal guardian of the child confirming that he or she has permission to travel with the child;
  • copies of the identity documents or passports of the parents or legal guardian of the child
  • the contact details of the parents or legal guardian of the child, Provided that the Director-General may, where the parents of the child are both deceased and the child is travelling with a relative or another person related to him or her or his or her parents, approve such a person to enter into or depart from the Republic with such a child.
 D) Any unaccompanied minor shall produce to the immigration officer-
  • proof of consent from one of or both his or her parents or legal guardian, as the case may be, in the form of a letter or affidavit for the child to travel into or depart from the Republic: Provided that in the case where one parent provides proof of consent, that parent must also provide a copy of a court order issued to him or her in terms of which he or she has been granted full parental responsibilities and rights in respect of the child;
  • a letter from the person who is to receive the child in the Republic, containing his or her residential address and contact details in the Republic where the child will be residing;
  • a copy of the identity document or valid passport and visa or permanent residence permit of the person who is to receive the child in the Republic; and (iv) the contact details of the parents or legal guardian of the child.
If you have any questions regarding the new regulations, please do not hesitate to contact us for assistance. If any changes are made with regards to these requirements, or the implementation thereof, you will be notified immediately.