Important to know when travelling Africa with children

posted 11th May 2019 by Pixel Palace in Travel Advice

Is Africa on your holiday list?

This important information will help start planning.

Africa is certainly one of the most rewarding destinations when holidaying with kids because there is simply so much on offer from impressive wildlife, diverse activities and endless landscapes that leave you breathless.

We encourage you to also check with embassies for each country you intend to visit because regulations can change without notice.


Passports

  • All travellers require valid passports with 6 months remaining from the date you return home.
  • You need 2 blank pages per country you visit

Birth certificates

Right now, there are two countries that require a copy of your child’s unabridged birth certificate plus written permission from both birth parents if they are not travelling. Of course this is for under 18 year olds and the regulation has various conditions that we share here.

Countries it relates to

The above stipulation of carrying a birth certificate applies if you are travelling to Botswana and Namibia and through South Africa (to get there).  The regulation has conditions depending on who is travelling with the children, so please read the following information carefully.

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

Children travelling 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
  • A signed 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

Children travelling and guardian

The responsible Guardian must produce:

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

Child travelling unaccompanied

If your child is traveling unaccompanied, they need to have the following documentation with them to present to airline check in staff and immigration.

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

Please liaise with one of our highly qualified and experienced specialists who know the very best options when travelling Africa with children. We will ensure you are well prepared for an easy entry, an outstanding experience and smooth departure.