Travel Documents Required By Children.

New Requirements for Children who Travel to and from South Africa. By 1st June 2015, all minors (children under 18 years or age) will be required to produce an unabridged birth certificate showing the particulars of both their parents, in addition to their passport, when entering and exiting South Africa by land, sea or air. Come […]

New Requirements for Children who Travel to and from South Africa.

By 1st June 2015, all minors (children under 18 years or age) will be required to produce an unabridged birth certificate showing the particulars of both their parents, in addition to their passport, when entering and exiting South Africa by land, sea or air.

Come 1 June, if children do not have the correct documentation, they could be denied from boarding.

Here are the requirements as stipulated by the Department of Home Affairs:
Minor travelling with both parents
– Valid Passport
– Valid visa, if required
– Unabridged birth certificate or equivalent document

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Minor travelling with one parent
(Where parents are neither divorced nor is travelling parent widowed)
– Valid passport
– Valid visa, if required
– Unabridged birth certificate or equivalent document
– Parental consent affidavit (from parent staying at home) OR Court order granted in terms of section 18(5) of the Children’s Act, 2005 OR letter of special circumstances

NOTE:
– For single parents, where only one parent’s particulars appear on the unabridged birth certificate or equivalent document, NO parental consent affidavit IS required
- For unmarried parents with both parents’ particulars appearing on the unabridged birth certificate or equivalent document the consent of the non-travelling parent IS required
- For same sex parents appearing on the unabridged birth certificate, it MAY be accepted

Minor travelling with one parent

(Who is divorced or legally separated and has SOLE custody of the minor)

– Valid Passport
– Valid visa, if required
– Unabridged birth certificate or equivalent document
– Court order granting full parental responsibilities and rights or full legal guardianship in respect of the minor

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Minor travelling with one parent

(Who is divorced or legally separated and has JOINT custody of the minor)

– Valid Passport
– Valid visa, if required
– Unabridged birth certificate or equivalent document
– Court order granting specific parental responsibilities and rights or joint legal guardianship in respect of the minor
– Parental consent affidavit OR Court order granted in terms of section 18(5) of the Children’s Act, 2005 OR letter of special circumstances

NOTE:
If the accompanying parent presents a parental consent affidavit and both parents’ names on the unabridged birth certificate correspond with the names on the affidavit and the travelling parent’s passport, a court order granting specific MAY be dispensed with

Minor travelling with widow or widower parent
– Valid Passport
– Valid visa, if required
– Unabridged birth certificate or equivalent document
– Death certificate of the deceased parent

Minor travelling with a person other than a biological parent
– Valid passport
– Valid visa, if required
– Unabridged birth certificate or equivalent document
– Parental consent affidavit OR letter of special circumstances

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NOTE:
If a parental consent affidavit is presented, the following IS required:
- Copies of the ID documents or passports of the parents or legal guardian of the minor
- Contact details of the parents or legal guardian of the minor
- Contact details of the person in whose care the minor will be in South Africa

Minor travelling with adoptive parent(s)
– Valid passport
– Valid visa, if required
– Unabridged birth certificate of the minor reflecting particulars of adoptive parent(s) OR (pending the issuance of such an unabridged birth certificate) a court order confirming the adoption of the minor by the adoptive parent(s)

NOTE:
– If one of the adoptive parents is travelling with the minor, or the minor is travelling unaccompanied, a parental consent affidavit WILL be required by the absent adoptive parent
- If one of the adoptive parents is deceased, a copy of the parent’s death certificate WILL be required
- If either or both adoptive parents are unable to issue a written consent due to recent death or incapacity, a letter of special circumstances MAY replace the parental consent affidavit

Minor travelling unaccompanied
(Or with another minor)
– Valid passport
– Valid visa, if required
– Unabridged birth certificate or equivalent document
– Parental consent affidavit OR letter of special circumstances
– Letter from person receiving the minor in the Republic including his or her residential address and contact details
– Copy of the ID document or valid passport and visa or permanent residence permit of the person receiving the minor in the Republic
– Contact details of the parents or legal guardian

Orphaned minor
(Where no formal order of guardianship or adoption has been granted as yet)
– Valid Passport
– Valid visa, if required
– Letter of special circumstances

Minor in alternative care
– Valid Passport
– Valid visa, if required
– Letter from the Provincial Head of the Department of Social Development where the child resides authorising his or her departure from the Republic as contemplated in section 169 of the Children’s Act

For further information on the travel requirements , please consult the Department of Home Affairs’ document: South African requirements for minors travelling internationally.

Source: thesouthafrican.com