Black Pen Immigration

South African Immigration Laws for Travelling Children

German & English-speaking immigration
company from assisting with visas
to finding employment
 
404 Equinox Building | 154 Main Road | Sea Point South Africa
Blackpen-immigration.com
info@blackpen.co.za
BlackPen_Law
Black Pen Immigration and Recruitment

South African Immigration Laws for Travelling Children

What you need to know about minors journeying to and from SA.

Last update: 10 June 2019

In 2014, the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) confirmed that new laws impacting both local and international families looking to travel with children to or from South Africa for brief periods would come into effect. These legal amendments were part of a broader immigration regulation overhaul initiated by the DHA on 26 May 2014.

Specifically, the legislation stated that parents or guardians moving into or out of the country with children under the age of 18 years must be able to present an official unabridged birth certificate (or certified copy thereof) for each child, along with passports and travel documents. 

While these laws have been relaxed since they were initially implemented, here's what you need to know.

SOUTH AFRICAN LAWS FOR TRAVELLING WITH CHILDREN

1. Parents travelling with a child must present an official unabridged birth certificate for the minor that includes the particulars of both the mother and father (this is alongside the child’s passport and return flight ticket).

2. If only one parent is moving across the SA border with a child, he or she must present the youngster’s unabridged birth certificate as well as:

  • a) an affidavit from the other parent stating that the child is allowed to travel with the first parent,
  • b) if divorced or separated, a court order showing that he or she has been granted full parental responsibilities and rights for the child or
  • c) if widowed, the death certificate of the other parent.

3. If a person is travelling with a minor who is not their own biological offspring, they must produce a copy of the child’s unabridged birth certificate as well as:

  • a) an affidavit from both parents or the legal guardian(s) of the child granting the person permission to travel with their minor AND copies of the IDs/passports of both parents/legal guardian(s) AND the contact details of the parents/legal guardian(s) or
  • b) if the person in question is the legal guardian of the child, a court ordering proving legal guardianship.

4. If a minor is travelling unaccompanied, they must produce:

  • a) an affidavit from both parents/the legal guardian(s) stating that the child has permission to travel,
  • b) the contact details of the parents/guardians,
  • c) a letter from the person who will collect the child on the other side, with address and contact details included AND
  • d) a copy of the ID/passport and visa of the person who will collect the minor on arrival.
  • *e) if only one parent signs an affidavit granting the child permission to travel, the minor must also produce a copy of a court order showing that that parent has been granted full parental responsibilities and rights for the child.

APPLYING FOR AN UNABRIDGED BIRTH CERTIFICATE IN SOUTH AFRICA

All babies born after 4 March 2013 would have been issued unabridged birth certificates by the DHA (if their parents registered them). However, all under-18s born before this date would have been given abridged versions, and thus their parents will need to apply for an unabridged replacement. This process costs around R75 and can take up to six weeks to complete – something to bear in mind if you plan on travelling soon.

To apply, the parent(s)/guardian(s) of the under-18 should bring their identity documents and the child’s abridged birth certificate to any DHA office.  If the parents are not married, both should be present; if they are married, one parent can apply, but he or she must present their marriage certificate too.

For all other questions regarding application, contact the DHA directly on +27 (0) 800 601 1190.

APPLYING FOR AN UNABRIDGED BIRTH CERTIFICATE OUTSIDE OF SOUTH AFRICA

Foreigners should note that an unabridged birth certificate is simply a legal birth certificate that details the particulars of the parents. If a child’s birth certificate already does this, there is no need to apply for a new one. What’s more, if the minor’s passport lists these particulars, this is also acceptable.

The above considered, those who do still need to apply for an unabridged certificate can do so at the responsible authority in their country of origin.

Note: A certified copy of the unabridged birth certificate is acceptable in all cases above too.

---

Read more about other 2014 changes to South African immigration law.

---

Check out our events section for an up-to-date overview of happenings in Cape Town. Also, don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter and if you have a smartphone, add m.capetownmagazine.com to your home screen for quick access on the go!

Follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, join our Google+ circle, connect with us on LinkedIn, check out our photos on Instagram and follow our Pinterest boards for updates on what’s happening in and around the Mother City!

Cape Town Events Calendar
November 2022
SUN MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT
1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30

Old Fashioned MonthThe best bars for Old Fashioneds + how ...

Where to drink one of the world’s oldest cocktails + a recipe

Fairtrade giveawayTake a quiz, win coffee + tea for a ...

Life isn’t fair. But you can be (and win). It takes 2 minutes

Drumstruck performersDrumstruck at Silvermist! African drum ...

Drumstruck is back from Broadway and playing for a limited run in Cape Town

Picnic in the parkPicnic in the Parks, fun workshops for ...

Book a picnic basket, get it delivered to the park + do interactive workshops

Distiller's UnionMake your unique brand of gin

At Distiller’s Union you get to also pick the flavour, colour + do a beer tasting with ...

Elvis BrewElvis Blue’s “lekka” padstal on ...

Elvis Brew in George has the closest viewing deck for large aircraft in SA

Bar KeeperBar Keeper is open on Sundays till ...

Order 1 bottle to many cases online or in store, get it delivered same day, cold

Sweet River Brewery ingredientsBook out this distillery for your next ...

Make your own at Distillers Union + get beer and pizza at Sweet River Brewery

Art Haus origamiLearn how to do origami from a Guinness ...

Help an artist create an art piece and learn to make origami from a pro

Bombay BrasserieBombay Brasserie offers sumptuous ...

Taste 7 unique dishes (+ a surprise) at Taj Cape Town’s signature eatery

The Purple WindmillWeekend market that has it all

Craft beer, kids playpark, aqua golf, target shooting, donkeys and more

Black Elephant Vintners music and wine pairingEver imagined a rock ‘n roll ...

Silent disco, wine barrel tables + rock star murals at Black Elephant Vintners

Blue Train ParkKids Party Idea: Take a ride on the ...

BOOK Now and let the outdoor adventure begin!

Breathwork Africa foundation3+ ways to get your breath back and ...

Classes, courses, retreats on conscious breathing run by the trainers leading the global ...

The Blue Room interiorLive jazz at The Blue Room

Dine, drink cocktails while top local muzos jam at this moody new bar

Taj kids bedHere’s an unbeatable deal: Kids stay ...

You’ll get 2 interleading rooms, 1 harbour + canal cruise and royal treatment

The Galileo open air cinemaThe Galileo Open Air Cinema in the Cape ...

The Galileo screens at a different wine farm every Saturday. See schedule

Oasis Association Claremont coffee shopDo Good

3 ways to support Oasis: shop, donate or take your recycling there

Leopard's Leap FamilyLeopards Leap serves succulent ...

Family-style lunches are its speciality, plus there’s a big lawn for kids to play on

White Shark Cage Diving - BoatSpectacular rates on shark-cage diving ...

Where conservation meets adventure. FREE Buff + ask for current CapeTownMag specials

Ficks CocktailsFicks: the best sundowner pinchos bar ...

Pair wine, cocktails and mocktails with pinchos and a spectacular sea view

Strolla RestaurantGet Irie On The Sunset Deck At Strolla ...

Weekend sunsets at Strolla mean live DJs and reggae (Rivertones)

La Motte Tasting RoomVirtual and on-site wine tastings at ...

Or do this specialised La Motte wine-tasting virtually

Honeybee Heroes Be a beekeeper for a day at Honeybee ...

Adopt a hive, learn about bees, take a beekeeping course, buy honey

Klein Roosboom tasting caveTaste wine in a cave

Boutique winery with 6 six cosy tasting nooks. Plus platters, picnics + trails

Irma Stern Museum artHere’s what’s on at the Irma Stern ...

Celebrate 50 years with art workshops, walkabouts and discussions

Canto Wines champagne + macarons tasting3 unusual pairings at this Durbanville ...

From MCC to tonic tastings: there’s something at Canto for the whole family

GiveawaysTravel Tips