NEW REQUIREMENTS for CHILDREN travelling to South Afica

NEW REQUIREMENTS for CHILDREN travelling to South Afica

Dear Traveller,

Immigration requirements of the Republic of South Africa, when travelling with children, have changed effective 01 November 2018,  

Documents listed under following paragraph shall upon request be produced at a port of entry by South African children entering and leaving the Republic, as well as all unaccompanied minors, regardless of their nationalities:

  1. Where both parents are travelling accompanied by one or more of their children, such children have to produce valid passports and a Birth Certificate (BC) for each child travelling.

  2. Where only one parent is travelling with a child, (or children), each child has to produce a valid passport, a BC or Equivalent Document for each travelling child and the Parental Consent letter from the non-travelling parent whose details are recorded on the BC.

  3. An unaccompanied child has to produce a valid passport, a BC; Parental Consent letter, letter from the person who is to receive the child in the Republic containing such person’s residential and work address and full contact details in the Republic, a copy of the identity document or valid passport and visa or permanent residence permit of the person who is to receive the minor in the Republic.  Where applicable, an adoption order, court order granting full parental responsibilities and rights or a death certificate must be produced.

  4. When a person is travelling with a child who is not his or her biological child, such child must produce a valid passport, a BC and Parental Consent letter or adoption order.

  5. A child in alternative care shall produce: a valid passport and a letter from the Provincial Head of the Department of Social Development where the child resides authorising his or her departure from the Republic as contemplated in section 169 of the Children’s Act (Act No. 38 of 2005).

Airlines will be forced to refuse travel to families not in possession of these documents and this regulation will apply at any entry point to South Africa.

Please check explanatory notes and additional information on the web page of the South African Government:

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