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Children/minors travelling to/from South Africa

Children/minors travelling to/from South Africa

323_SouthAfrica-flagAs from 1 June 2015, where parents are travelling with a child, such parents must produce a copy of an unabridged birth certificate of the child reflecting the particulars of the parents of the child.

All documents issued in a language other than English should be accompanied by a sworn translation issued by a competent authority in the country concerned.

The South African regulation regards a child as any person under the age of 18 years. It is applicable to all nationalities departing from and arriving in South Africa.

The unabridged certificate should be submitted during the transit / visitor’s visa application process and both the certificate and visa should be carried on person whilst travelling. In the case of one parent travelling with a child, he or she must produce a copy of an unabridged birth certificate and:

Consent, in the form of an affidavit from the other parent registered as a parent on the birth certificate of the child, authorizing him or her to enter into or depart from the Republic of South Africa with the child he or she is travelling with. 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.
The affidavit must be no older than 3 months, dating from the time of travel.

For further enquiries please contact the Consulate at consular.milan@dirco.gov.za

South African Consulate-General Milan

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