South Africa’s new immigration law has added a stricter law on traveling with children. The new immigration law for South Africa is welcomed by the human rights commission in terms of the act against child trafficking passed on the 30th July 2013 by President Jacob Zuma giving South Africa for the first time, a single statute that tackles human trafficking holistically and comprehensively
What do you need to know?
Parents travelling with children would now be requested to provide an unabridged birth certificate of all traveling children according to the new South African immigration law. This applies even when both parents are travelling with their children and it also applies to foreigners and South Africans alike.
In the case of one parent traveling with a child, they would need the following:
• An unabridged birth certificate showing both parent’s details and an affidavit consenting from the absent parent that they acknowledge that the child will be traveling as well as an Id or passport copy.
• In the case of one parent being deceased a death certificate will be required
In terms of the new immigration law children traveling without there biological parents or legal guardians and being accompanied by adults need to produce the following:
• A written affidavit from both parents or legal guardian consenting the trip.
• Copies of parents or guardian identification book or passport.
• Full contact details of the parents or guardians of the child or children.
article update: The new immigration law is already in forced but the above rules will only be enforced as of 1 October 2014.
For more information on the new South African immigration laws please, contact us HERE.