New Immigration Laws for Children Travelling to South Africa

Arabella Worthington

06 Aug 2014

Taking your children to South Africa on safari - the rules

South Africa Government have introduced new immigration laws which affect everyone who has children younger than 18 years when travelling to, from or transitting through South Africa (with or without their parents or guardians).  The new law will come into effect on 1st October 2014 and applies to all nationalities. 
  • Where parent/s are travelling with a child - the parent/s must produce an unabridged birth certificate for the child (copies are acceptable).  And if both parents are not travelling, show consent in the form of an affidavit from the other parent, or a court order, or (where applicable) a death certificate for a deceased parent. 
  • Where a person is travelling with a child who is not their biological child – he/she must produce an unabridged birth certificate for the child (copies are acceptable), affidavit from the child’s parents or legal guardian giving consent and copies of the identity documents or passport of the parents or legal guardian.
  • Unaccompanied minors - must produce (i) consent for the child to travel into or depart from South Africa, in the form of a letter or affidavit from one or both parents or legal guardian (if only one parent then also a court order under which he/she has full parental responsibilities); (ii) a letter from the person who is to receive the child in South Africa, containing his or her residential address and contact details in South Africa where the child will be residing; (iii) a copy of the identity document or valid passport and visa or permanent residence permit of the person who is to receive the child in South Africa; and (iv) the contact details of the parents or legal guardian of the child.

South Africa remains one of the best destinations in Africa for families, offering several malaria free game reserves with specific safari activities for children of all ages along with tailor made children’s programmes. These include treasure hunts, traditional cooking and making bush camps giving parents some free time for guided bushwalks that wouldn’t be suitable for minors, or just some rest and relaxation. There are plenty of excellent lodges to choose from, some offering private safari houses where you will have your own cook, guide and butler on hand. One great family trip is our Multi-Generational Wildlife and Beach Safari.

Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

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