Planning on taking you children on an overseas trip? Read this before you book your flights.
With less than 4 months until the summer school holidays start you and your family might have started planning your much deserved vacation. If you are planning to take the family abroad it is vital that you make sure you brush up on South Africa’s immigration rules.
The South African Department of Home Affairs’ new visa regulations have been designed to counter the potential of child and human trafficking out of and into the country. For this reason several new rules are in place that you should be aware of if you are planning on taking you children out of the country.
Parents crossing the South African border with children must as of 1 October 2014 present an unabridged birth certificate for every child travelling outside the country. This applies even when both parents are travelling with their children and it also applies to foreigners and South Africans alike.
When children are travelling with guardians, these adults are required to produce affidavits from parents proving permission for the children to travel outside the republic borders.
When you consider that obtaining an unabridged birth certificate could take as long as six to eight weeks to obtain, it is important that you finalize this well in advance of making your travel arrangements.
Below are the new South African immigration regulations applicable when travelling with children. It is best to contact a professional immigration consultant like New World Immigration to assist you with your visa application process – especially since the new laws have been introduced. New World Immigration will offer you professional advice and help you apply for the correct documentation without which your family could be sorely disappointed and might have to return home before you even step foot on a plane or across any border.
Regulation 6: (12)
(a) Where parents are travelling with a child, such parents must produce an unabridged birth certificate of the child reflecting the particulars of the parents of the child.
(b) In the case of one parent travelling with a child, he or she must produce an unabridged birth certificate and-
(i) consent in the form of an affidavit from the other parent registered as a parent on the birth certificate of the child authorising him or her to enter into or depart from the Republic with the child he or she is travelling with;
(ii) a court order granting full parental responsibilities and rights or legal guardianship in respect of the child, if he or she is the parent or legal guardian of the child; or
(iii) where applicable, a death certificate of the other parent registered as a parent of the child on the birth certificate;
Provided that the Director-General may, where the parents of the child are both deceased and the child is travelling with a relative or another person related to him or her or his or her parents, approve such a person to enter into or depart from the Republic with such a child.
(c) Where a person is travelling with a child who is not his or her biological child, he or she must produce-
(i) a copy of the unabridged birth certificate of the child;
(ii) an affidavit from the parents or legal guardian of the child confirming that he or she has permission to travel with the child;
(iii) copies of the identity documents or passports of the parents or legal guardian of the child; and
(iv) the contact details of the parents or legal guardian of the child, Provided that the Director-General may, where the parents of the child are both deceased and the child is travelling with a relative or another person related to him or her or his or her parents, approve such a person to enter into or depart from the Republic with such a child.
(d) Any unaccompanied minor shall produce to the immigration officer-
(i) proof of consent from one of or both his or her parents or legal guardian, as the case may be, in the form of a letter or affidavit for the child to travel into or depart from the Republic: Provided that in the case where one parent provides proof of consent, that parent must also provide a copy of a court order issued to him or her in terms of which he or she has been granted full parental responsibilities and rights in respect of
(ii) a letter from the person who is to receive the child in the Republic, containing his or her residential address and contact details in the Republic 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 the Republic; and (iv) the contact details of the parents or legal guardian of the child.
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