Breaking news! New regulations on travelling with children to South Africa have just been implemented by the local government with effective application.
WHY a new law?
Let’s be honest, planning family holidays takes lots of time and energy in your already super busy day. So why would South Africa add more chores and paperwork on top of the pile? They must have a pretty good reason.
Indeed! Instead of feeding you with complicated legal and technical explanations, we’ll stick to this figure >>30 000. This is the estimated number of minors trafficked through South African borders every year. 50% of them are under the age of 14. This is THE reason why local government decided to finally take action.
What does it change for you, parents, grandparents, uncles and aunties who want to treat your beloved kids with an amazing and memorable adventure trip in South Africa?
Let’s break down the most common cases and documents you would need to carry in your suitcase to get in and out of this amazing country.
1/ Yay ! Your tribe is flying to South Africa.
Only 2 Documents demanded: passport of the child + full birth certificate showing both parents details.
2/ No husband, no wife! Only you and your child.
You have decided to head off to spend some quality time with your little one or your teen.
Well, in this case you must provide: passport of the child + full birth certificate showing both parents details + affidavit of consent from the non–travelling parent and a copy of his ID.
3/ Mum and Dad are not getting along very well anymore.
You are divorced. If you have the sole custody, you won’t need your ex-partner to provide an affidavit of consent. The court of order of such sole custody would be sufficient.
Plus, of course, the basic combo: passport of the child + full birth certificate showing both parents details.
If you don’t have the custody, scroll up to section 2.
4/ A precious friend or member of your family wants to travel with your even more precious progeny.
Since she has retired, Granny has secretly dreamt of borrowing your kid for 15 days and treating him/her with super cool holiday in SA. Well, she will have to summon up her patience and determination.
She would need: passport of the child + full birth certificate showing both parents details + affidavit of consent form signed by both parents + both parents copy of ID’s + full contact details of both parents.
5/ I am 17 and I want to explore South Africa ALONE.
Great idea! Travel shapes youth as the saying goes. To embark on the plane and enter the country your dearest teen will have to carry the below documents in his bag besides the IPad, GoPro, flip-flops and sunglasses.
Passport of the child + full birth certificate showing both parents details + affidavit of consent form signed by both parents or one of the parent if this is the one having sole custody + parents copy of ID’s + full contact details of both parents + invitation letter of the person welcoming your child in SA with his/her ID details and proof of residency.
Don’t worry, this is just paperwork, and the below links will help you to get everything you need to embark on your next South African adventure.
By Camille Roques
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