Travelling with minor children? The impact of the new requirement for travelling with an unabridged birth certificate has on tourism…

The Department of Home Affairs, South Africa, has recently issued new requirements for travelling with minor children. The news has been flooded with unsuspecting tourists entering into South Africa without the necessary documentation and potentially facing deportation. Whilst South Africans wishing to travel internationally face the Department of Home Affairs backlog in issuing unabridged birth certificates.


As of 1 June 2015 the following rules apply:

  1. Both parents travelling with a child must produce an unabridged birth certificate of the child reflecting the particulars of both parents of the child.
  2. If one parent is travelling alone with the child in addition to the unabridged birth certificate, the parent must obtain written consent from other parent in the form of affidavit or produce a court order granting full parental rights and responsibilities to the child. This consent affidavit must not be older than 3 months.
  3. If the child is travelling alone with a person who is neither his/her biological parent nor his/ her legal guardian, the child needs to produce the following documents: unabridged birth certificate, affidavit of consent by both parents, copies of identity document or passport of both parents and contact details for parents in South Africa.

We recommend that travellers seek advice prior to travel. We offer a convenient immigration law advisory and notarial service to make travelling amidst these regulations as hassle free as possible.

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