department said this is aimed at establishing the principle that all children
must have the consent of their parents when travelling into or out of the
Home Affairs Director General Mkuseli Apleni has clarified issues regarding the
new visa regulations which will come into effect of the 1st of June
of the new regulations has to do with children travelling into or out of South
Africa need to have an unabridged birth certificate.
Apleni said the new requirements will apply to South African children, under
18, upon leaving the Republic, and children who are foreign nationals and who
are visa exempt when travelling through a port of entry of the Republic. Children
who apply for a South African visa at any mission or VFS service-point will
have to submit the required additional documents, such as unabridged birth
also said the Department has a backlog of around 4,000 applications for
unabridged birth certificates. For smooth implementation, we are pulling out
all the stops and are now left with only 800 applications to clear
Meanwhile Director General
Apleni also clarified when a unabridged certificate is needed.
He said where both parents are
travelling with valid passports and visas the unabridged birth certificate is
not a requirement since these additional documents would have been provided
when applications were made for passports and visas.
He further said that it is
where one parent or another person is travelling with somebody else’s child
that we require valid passports, an unabridged birth certificate, and parental
Apleni added that travellers
who are from countries that are not visa-exempt do not have to bring along
unabridged birth certificates for the child/children travelling with. The Visa
Exemption List is on the Home Affairs website.
“We do not understand the
claims that our requirements are unique, not applicable elsewhere, and would
have consequences for tourism and the economy in general. Our regulations were
benchmarked even with countries attracting more tourists. SA citizens are also
required to have these documents when going to some countries of the world.”
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