New South Africa Immigration Policy
Effective June 1st 2015 All arriving minors will be required to show an original birth certificate.
South Africa’s Department of Home Affairs has confirmed that new immigration policies regarding children will take effect on June 1st 2015. These new policies are, “in the best interest of South Africa’s security and allows for efficient management of migration” according to Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba. A big concern that has been behind much of this policy change has been a global rise in child trafficking.
If you are parents traveling to South Africa with your children, even as a US citizen, you will now be requested to provide a birth certificate for each child. The birth certificate must be either the original or a certified/notarized copy. South Africa’s new policy also points out that all birth certificates, both national and international must include details of both parents, (child’s father as well as the mother). This applies even if both parents are traveling with their children. US citizens should note that, in South Africa, an unabridged birth certificate is simply a legal birth certificate that details the particulars of both parents. Most likely your child’s long form birth certificate already does this, before you look to apply for a new one please look to see if the details of both parents are already included.
Please see our outline below for further details and documentation needed for anyone under the age of 18 to travel to South Africa after may 31st, 2015. Please note that if your travel plans over lap the policy starting period of June 1st you will need to be prepared to have all needed documents when leaving South Africa as well.
Minors Traveling With:
Both Biological Parents
Passport and an unabridged (long form) birth certificate that lists the information for both parents
One Biological Parent
Passport and an unabridged (long form) birth certificate that lists the information for both parents PLUS one of the following: A consent in the form of an affidavit from the other parent registered on the birth certificate authorizing him or her to enter into or depart from South Africa with the child he or she is travelling with. This affidavit may not be older than three (3) months, dating from the date of travel. OR, an acceptable document would be a court order granting full parental responsibilities and rights or legal guardianship in respect of the child, if he or she is the parent or legal guardian of the child. OR, where applicable, a death certificate of the other parent registered as a parent of the child on the birth certificate
A Guardian or Non-Biological Parent
Passport and an unabridged (long form) birth certificate that lists the information for both parents PLUS When children under 18 are traveling with guardians, the guardians will be required to produce affidavits signed by both parents proving permission for the children to travel to South Africa. PLUS Copies of the identity documents or passports of the parents or legal guardian of the child AND Contact details of the parents or legal guardian of the child
As An Unaccompanied Minor
Passport and an unabridged (long form) birth certificate that lists the information for both parents PLUS Proof of consent from the parent(s) or legal guardian in the form of a letter or affidavit for the child to travel to South Africa. If only one parent provides an affidavit, providing proof of consent, that parent must also provide a copy of the court order issued to him or her in terms of which he or she has been granted full parental responsibilities and rights in respect of the child AND A letter from the person who is to receive the child in South Africa, containing his or her residential address and contact details in South Africa where the child will be residing AND A copy of the identity document or valid passport and visa or permanent residence permit of the person who is to receive the child in South Africa AND Contact details of the parents or legal guardian of the child.
South Africa’s Department of Home Affairs has released the following PDF:
Home Affairs PDF
For more information about this new policy please check out our page with the full regulation: