Travelling with Children to Africa

posted 11th August 2015 by Pixel Palace in Travel Advice

Regulations for Travelling with Children

Are you planning on travelling with children to Africa for a family safari holiday? Great idea.  And we want to ensure you are prepared so the journey is effortless and exciting for all the RIGHT reasons.

Two countries so far have altered regulations when it comes to children travelling and here is what you need to know:

From 1 July 2015 parents travelling with children to South Africa and Botswana will now be requested to provide the following information for all children in their care under the age of 18.

Please do check with embassies for each country you are visiting as regulations can change without notice.

Children travelling with biological parents

This is the most straight forward and you simply need to carry with you:

  • An unabridged birth certificate (Botswana does accept certified copy of standard birth certificate)
  • A valid passport for the children

Travelling Child and one parent biological parent

It is important for you to note the requirements here because it is not as straight forward. You will need to carry with you:

  • An unabridged birth certificate (Botswana does accept certified copy of standard birth certificate)
  • A valid passport for the children
  • An affidavit confirming the absent biological parent has given permission for the child to travel alternatively you will require a court order in the event that the parent is no longer involved in the child’s life.
  • In the unfortunate event the second parent has passed you will need to present a death certificate

Travelling Child and guardian

Guardian must produce:

  • An unabridged birth certificate
  • A valid passport for the child
  • A court order / death certificate / affidavit confirming the parents have given permission for the child to travel
  • Copies of parents / guardian ID documents
  • Contact details of parents/guardian

Child travelling unaccompanied

  • An unabridged birth certificate
  • A valid passport
  • A court order / death certificate / affidavit from both parents or legal guardian confirming permission to travel
  • A letter from the person who will receive the child in South Africa or Botswana including their full contact details and a certified copy of their ID / passport.
  • Contact details of parents / guardian

A really clever and well-designed web app, the Child Visa Checklist, has also been developed which runs through a series of steps and tells you exactly what is needed in terms of travel documents. The app can be accessed by clicking here: http://www.drivesouthafrica.co.za/child-visa-checklist/

Here is the PDF document from South Africa’s Home Affairs department with extensive detail

Traveling with Children

Please liaise with your specialist when travelling with children to Africa to ensure you are prepared for easy entry and departure and the result will be a phenomenal family safari holiday!

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