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Please read the information below containing important information regarding travelling with minor children (under the age of 18) according the to the new South African Immigration law effective from 01 June 2015.
Regulation 6 (12)(a):
Where parents are travelling with a child, such parents must produce an unabridged birth certificate of the child reflecting the particulars of the parents of the child.
All documents issued in a language other than English should be accompanied by a sworn translation issued by a competent authority in the country concerned.
Multilingual Extracts of the birth certificates for Belgian minor citizens born in Belgium can be requested at the Belgian commune where the birth was registered. These can be requested by email directed to the municipality concerned.
2. Is this applicable to all children?
Yes, the South African regulation regards a child as any person under the age of 18 years. It is applicable to all nationalities departing from and arriving in South Africa. It is not required for passengers remaining in transit, unless s/he requires a transit visa. The unabridged certificate should be submitted during the transit visa application process and both the certificate and visa should be carried on person whilst travelling.
3. What about unabridged birth certificates or other documents that are not issued in English?
All documents issued in a language other than English should be accompanied by a translation issued by a sworn translator in the country concerned.
What do the regulations say about children travelling with one parent?
Regulation 6 (12)(b):
In the case of one parent travelling with a child, he or she must produce an unabridged birth certificate and:
Consent, in the form of an affidavit from the other parent registered as a parent on the birth certificate of the child, authorizing him or her to enter into or depart from the Republic of South Africa with the child he or she is travelling with. Affidavit template can be found on
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; or
Where applicable, a death certificate of the other parent registered as a parent of the child on the birth certificate,
What is the time line for the affidavit?
The affidavit must be no older than 3 months, dating from the time of travel.
C) What do the regulations say about persons travelling with a child who is not their biological child?
Regulation 6 (12)(c):
Where a person is travelling with a child who is not his or her biological child, he or she must produce:
o A copy of the unabridged birth certificate of the child;
o An affidavit from the parents or legal guardian of the child confirming that he or she has permission to travel with the child;
o Copies of the identity documents or passports of the parents or legal guardian of the child; and
o The contact details of the parents or legal guardian of the child;
Questions and answers 1 - 7 also apply.
8. Does this include children travelling with school groups and grandparents?
Yes, any child under the age of 18 travelling with a person other than his / her parents must be in possession of the above documentation.
D) What do the regulations say about children travelling as unaccompanied minors?
Regulation 6 (12)(d):
Any unaccompanied minor shall produce to the immigration officer:
o Proof of consent from one 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 Republic: 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;
o A letter from the person which is to receive the child in the Republic, containing his or her residential address and contact details where the child will be residing;
o 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 the Republic; and
o The contact details of the parents or legal guardian of the child.
Please bear in mind that all documents must be in English or translated into English by a sworn translator.
For more information, please consult : www.dha.gov.za
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