Travelling with Your Family: South Africa is Now Much More Child Friendly
South Africa, Safari, Travel, Children, Rules and Regulations, News, Update
We have spoken often about what a great country
South Africa is to enjoy a family safari or vacation. There is just so much for
kids to do and learn and the thrill of encountering wildlife as a family unit
can bring families together in a special way. The good news is that South Africa is also now much more child
There was some concern for a time in relation to very strict rules
regarding the producing of Birth Certificates when travelling with children.
These were set up by the South African government for the right reasons – to
guard against human trafficking, a sad reality in this and of course many other
parts of the world.
Regulations Now Relaxed
Since the 2nd April this year (2019), children under 18 years
of age travelling with both biological parents who are foreign visa exempt, are
no longer required to carry a Birth Certificate. They now only need to carry a
valid passport. Even for South African children travelling abroad; if they
don’t have a birth certificate, they only need to have a passport that shows
the details of one or both parents.
A Word Of
In the interests of
always being transparent and assuring our visitors are kept properly informed
we must also issue a word of caution.
Where both adults
travelling with the child are not the biological parents, the South African Department
of Home Affairs still advises you to travel with the child’s birth certificate,
just in case it is asked for. This applies where the child is travelling with
only one parent or with one parent who is not their biological parent.
When a child is
travelling unaccompanied, they still definitely need to carry their Birth Certificate
The Good News
In accordance with
the latest regulations published by the South African Department of Home Affairs
these are the exemptions to all the normal documentation requirements:
African children travelling on South African passports may travel to South Africa
without birth certificates.
documents are not required where children are in direct transit at an
Children in possession of valid South African visas are not required to produce
the documents already submitted as part of their visa applications when
travelling through a port of entry of the Republic.
A child presenting a passport which contains the details of his or her parent
or parents is not required to produce a birth certificate/equivalent document.
the case of school tours, the parental consent letter may be replaced with a
letter from the school principal confirming that all consent letters are held
by the school. Upon producing this letter, immigration officers at ports
of entry and South African missions abroad would not require any additional
documents from individual scholars such as parental consent, birth
certificates, death certificates, court orders or copies of the passports
or identity documents of the parents and of the person receiving the child in
SA. This special dispensation applies to all schools registered with the
Department of Basic Education in South Africa and its equivalent abroad.
For more information
about the newest regulations as published on the South African Department of
Home Affairs’ website, please visit: www.dha.gov.za.
Bring The Family on
So it’s official, South Africa is now much more child travel
friendly …so what are you waiting for? Let us at Jewel of Africa Safaris tailor make a package for you and
your family that includes all the activities both you and your kids will enjoy.
Contact us to learn about the numerous destinations, safaris,
guided tours and child friendly activities that are right here – just waiting
to be savoured by the whole family!