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FAQ: traveling with children in and out South Africa

(Updated on 13 November 2015, for further information go to: http://ibn.co.za/dha-update-on-travelling-with-children-in-and-out-of-south-africa/)

Referring to one of our previous articles about “Traveling with children” we would like to add this information to our FAQ series as well :


It is not necessary anymore to bring a birth certificate when travelling with children for parents from visa exempt countries (UK, Germany, USA, etc.).

However, although it is not required anymore it is advisable to still have a consent from the other parent in case of travelling with the child alone and to always take identification in addition to passports.

For parents from visa restricted countries (India, Russia, China, etc.) the regulation which was enacted in June 2015 still applies and an unabridged birth certificate is required. The same applies to South African parents travelling outbound with their children.

The human rights commission welcomed the law, to fight the child traffic but it turned out that it brings too many drawbacks for the important tourist sector.

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Travelling with children and unabridged birth certificate- date postponed to 1 June 2015

Today, the 16th of September, the minister of Home Affairs Mr Malusi Gigaba announced that the new requirement for an unabridged birth certificate for all children traveling in and out of South Africa and all borders has been postponed. It has been postponed from the the 1st of October to the 1 June 2015.

Starting on 1 June 2015 all children entering or exiting South Africa have to be in possession of a passport, an Unabridged Birth Certificate, and written permission from both parents or guardians of the child, authorizing that child’s travel.

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What to look out for when traveling with children in terms of the new immigration law of South Africa

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

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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. Continue reading


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