South Africa has today released new immigration regulations for all travellers with children under the age of 18. The following changes are effective from 1 July 2014 and you will be asked for the paperwork upon check in from Australia.
So what do you need to know?
Travellng with your own children
If you are travelling with your own children and husband/wife, you just need the unabridged birth certificate for each child under 18.
If you are travelling with your child or children on your own, you will need the unabridged birth certificate for each child PLUS a signed affidavit from the father (listed on the birth certificate) of the children giving permission for them to travel. Other items will be accepted if this is not available –
- a court order that grants full parental responsibilities and rights or legal guardianship in respect of the child/children
- or a death certificate of the other parent registered as a parent of the child on the birth certificate
Travelling with children not your own
If you are travelling with a child who is not your own biological child, you are legally required to present 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; and the contact details of the parents or legal guardian of the child.
Unaccompanied children travelling
In the event that children are travelling unaccompanied, the minor is required to produce to the immigration officer the following documentation, 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 South Africa: 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 South Africa, containing his or her residential address and contact details where the child will be residing. Finally, 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 South Africa and the full contact details of parents or legal guardian of the child.
We are in the process of calling and chatting with all of our guests due to soon travel in South Africa with children to ensure they are prepared for the new entry conditions.