Travelling with Children to South Africa in 2019
Africa, South Africa, Children, Visa Requirements, Birth Certificate, Travel
In the interests of always being helpful and ensuring
that our valued international guests have the best possible experience when travelling
in Southern Africa, we at Jewel of Africa
Safaris decided to compile this article on travelling with children to South Africa in 2019.
When you travel to South Africa with children younger than 18 in 2019, it is vitally important
to take note of certain passport rules and extra documentation with which all
international travelers need to comply.
of Africa we make it part of our service to assist all our customers with
every aspect of their travel arrangements, but it is advisable for our clients
to be made aware of certain arrangements in advance of travel.
Why These Strict
There was some confusion recently when airlines
refused travel to families who were traveling without appropriate documentation
for their children.
To protect children against the scourge of human
trafficking, certain laws have been implemented and it is important that all
travelers are made aware of these.
The laws were recently relaxed to a certain degree and
a statement issued by the Department of Home Affairs on 5
December 2018, noted new regulations pertaining to children who are travelling
to or from South Africa, stating:
“From December 2018, certain categories of child travellers will be
exempt from presenting supporting documents at ports of entry. However,
travellers are urged to still carry these documents because they may be
requested to provide these in certain instances.”
What’s The Latest Update On
If you are from a country
that requires visas for travel to our country, you may in the course of the
visa application, be required to provide certain documentation, like a birth
certificate of your children, as part of the visa application.
in essence, as of January 2019 these are the requirements for international
travellers to South Africa, according to the Department of Home affairs:
Children who are foreign nationals
from countries where visas are required will no longer have to carry supporting
documents because they would have been required to provide these during the
visa application process.
who are foreign nationals from countries where visas are not required may
be asked to produce supporting documents upon entry. Even though producing
supporting documents is no longer compulsory, travellers are strongly
advised to carry them.
the case of countries that endorse the particulars of parents in children’s
passports, or other official identification documents, these documents
shall be sufficient to establish the identity of the parents of the
Supporting Documentation And Birth
requirements, introduced by the South African Department of Home Affairs from 1
June 2015, and updated on 1 December 2018 specify that all minors
(children under 18 years of age) are required to produce, in addition to their passport, a Birth
Certificate which shows the details of both parents for all international
travel to and from South Africa.
travelling into the country with both biological parents must travel
passport of travelling parent and children
• Visa, if
• Birth Certificate*: Where both parents
are travelling accompanied by one or more of their children, such children have
to produce valid passports and a Birth Certificate (BC) for each child
travelling. This needs to be the original document (recommended) or a certified
For full details of the newest requirements
for travelling with children to South Africa, please see www.dha.gov.za or follow this link.
Africa, a Birth Certificate (BC) is an extract from the Birth Register
containing the particulars of a child and those of his or her parent or
parents. BCs are official documents issued by the Department of Home Affairs in
terms of the Births and Deaths Registration Act, 1992 (Act No. 51 of 1992). All
birth certificates containing the details of a child as well as the parents of
the child shall be accepted for the purposes of these Requirements as BCs, regardless
of the country of issue.
Let Us Help You
that this offers some clarity to our clients and if you are travelling with children to South Africa in 2019, as far as the particulars of the Visa
applications for your country are concerned, please just contact us for the latest
of our service we remain aware of the current laws and visa requirements, or any
changes to them, at all times. Remember personal service is just one of our
specialities and we also pride ourselves on maintaining the flexibility to
arrange a specifically designed travel package for every individual traveller.
forward to being of assistance to you and making your Southern African visit a
smooth sailing and unforgettable experience!