New regulations for travelling with children

It’s been about a year since South Africa changed its immigration regulations and the rules became stricter in terms of staying for longer periods in South Africa. The idea was that new rules for travelling with children would be imposed at the same time, but due to strong protests this was postponed.

But now it’s time, as from 1st of June 2015, these new stricter rules for travelling with children to and from South Africa will be introduced and these rules apply to all children under 18 years.

The following documentation must be produced when entering and leaving South Africa:

Parents travelling with a child:

  • an unabridged birth certificate of the child reflecting the particulars of the parents of the child.

Single parent travelling with a child:

  • an unabridged birth certificate of the child reflecting the particulars of the parents of the child.
  • consent in the form of a Parental Consent Affidavit from the other parent registered as a parent on the birth certificate of the child authorising him or her to enter into or depart from the Republic with the child he or she is travelling with.
  • a court order granting full parental responsibilities and rights or legal guardianship in respect of the child, if he or she is the parent or legal guardian of the child.
  • where applicable, a death certificate of the other parent registered as a parent of the child on the birth certificate.

Person travelling with a child who is not his or her biological child:

  • an unabridged birth certificate of the child reflecting the particulars of the parents of the child.
  • a Parental Consent 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.
  • the contact details of the parents or legal guardian of the child.

Here you can download the Parental_Consent_Affidavit.

All documentation must be in English and in the original or certified copies.

We hope this information is helpful, but please double-check with the South African Embassy in your country to make sure that you have the latest information and that it is completely correct 

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