Update 17 September 2014: It has been announced that the new rules for flying with children to and from South Africa have been postponed from 1 October 2014 to June 2015.
With several Airport Parking Shop team members heading off to South Africa later this year, we thought we’d remind our users that new rules of travelling with children will apply from 1 October 2014.
If you are flying to, from or transiting through South Africa with a child under 18 years of age, you will have to adhere to these rules.
Both parents travelling with a child who is under 18
You must produce an unabridged birth certificate of each child which shows details of the parents of the child, as well as a child’s valid passport. The birth certificate has to be full and shows details of the parents of the child.
One parent travelling with a child who is under 18
Where only one parent is accompanying the child, the following has to be presented:
• an unabridged birth certificate (full);
• consent in the form of an affidavit from the other parent registered as a parent on the birth certificate, authorising them to enter or depart from South Africa with the child;
• a court order granting them full parental responsibilities and rights or legal guardianship or where applicable, a death certificate of the other parent registered as a parent of the child on the birth certificate.
You should travel with these documents in case you are asked to provide them.
The new rules issued by the Immigration department in South Africa are aimed at improving the safety of children, including “their protection from child trafficking, abduction and kidnapping”.
There are additional rules for adults travelling with a child who is not their biological child, and for children travelling alone. For more information go to South African High Commission website.
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