Africa with children

posted 11th May 2019 by Pixel Palace in Travel Advice

Africa with children

Are you considering Africa with children? It is certainly one of the most rewarding holidays for families because the wildlife is impressive, activities diverse and landscapes endless.

We’ve written a blog on ‘how young is too young for a safari’ if you’re interested. This page is more practical and looks at the paperwork you need to carry with you when travelling with children to three specific countries. The other countries at this stage only require valid passports and relevant visas.

We encourage you to also check with embassies for each country you are visiting as regulations can change without notice.

Botswana, South Africa & Namibia

If you are planning to visit these countries, there are strict regulations when entering with children under the age of 18.  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 / guardian ID documents
  • Contact details of parents/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

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 for South Africa. The app can be accessed by clicking here:

http://www.drivesouthafrica.co.za/child-visa-checklist/

 

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.