Controversial immigration law on children passing through South Africa takes effect June 1, 2015

Controversial immigration law on children passing through South Africa takes effect June 1, 2015

If you are traveling to or passing through South Africa with a child under the age of 18 from 1 June 2015, you need to be aware that rules have changed. It does not matter whether you are travelling by road, sea or air.

The Immigration department in South Africa is changing the requirements for all children under 18 years of age who are travelling to, from or transferring through South Africa.

Beit Bridge, where most Zambians enter SA from

Beit Bridge, where most Zambians enter SA from

Where both parents are travelling with a child who is under 18

• All parents travelling with children under the age of 18 to or from South Africa must produce an unabridged birth certificate of each child which shows details of the parents of the child.

Where one parent is travelling with a child, they must produce:
• an unabridged birth certificate
• consent in the form of an affidavit from the other parent registered as a parent on the birth certificate, authorising them to enter or depart from South Africa with the child
• a court order granting them full parental responsibilities and rights or legal guardianship or where applicable, a death certificate of the other parent registered as a parent of the child on the birth certificate

Where an adult is travelling with a child, who is not their biological child, they must produce:
• a copy of the unabridged birth certificate of the child
• an affidavit from the parents or legal guardian of the child confirming that they have permission to travel with the child
• copies of the identity documents or passports of the parents or legal guardian of the child

Children travelling alone must produce:
• consent from one or both of the parents/legal guardian in the form of a letter or affidavit, for the child to travel into or depart from South Africa. If only one parent is able to provide proof of consent they must also have a copy of a court order granting the full parental responsibilities
• a letter from the person who is to receive the child in South Africa, containing their residential address and the contact details where the child will be residing
• 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 South Africa
• contact details of the parents or legal guardian of the child.

Most airlines have issued notices that ‘customers who arrive at the airport without the correct documentation cannot be accepted for travel.’
Read all the requirements here:

 

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