Update as of 9/2/2015: A Child Visa Checklist has been created by a South African tourism consortium and is now available online to make the process of gathering documentation easier. Once you answer a series of questions, the site will tell you what documents you need for your child. Access the checklist here.
Starting June 1, a new South African law will affect children entering the country. Any parent or guardian traveling with a minor under age 18 must present the minor’s unabridged birth certificate to immigration authorities. In addition:
- If only one of the parents listed on the certificate is traveling with the child, additional documents must be provided showing that the parent has the right to travel internationally with the child.
- When children are traveling with guardians, guardians must have affidavits of consent to travel from the child’s parents.
Recognizing that the required documentation can be difficult for parents to obtain, South Africa’s tourism ministry is in talks with legislators to change the regulations. In the meantime, children who do not have the required documents may not be allowed to board flights to South Africa or may be turned away upon arrival in the country.
The full South African immigration regulations concerning traveling with children are: