From 1 October 2014 children travelling in and out of South Africa will be required to carry an

unabridged birth certificate as well as a valid passport, under new regulations aimed at improving

the safety of children.

The Department of Home Affairs has said that the rules are aimed at improving the safety of

children, including “their protection from child trafficking, abduction and kidnapping”.

The Department urged citizens and foreign nationals to apply for unabridged birth certificates, which

reflect the particulars of both parents, in good time to avoid possible delays to their travel plans.

This requirement applies even when both parents are travelling with their children; to foreigners and

South Africans alike.

If children are travelling with a guardian, this adult is required to produce affidavits from both

parents giving permission for the children to t ravel. They will also need copies of the passports of

the parents as well as contact details of the parents.

If children are travelling with only one parent or as an unaccompanied minor additional

documentation is required.

Further information and full details of all documentation required can be obtained from South Africa

travel website.

Source: Media Club South Africa