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South Africa Travel Guide and Information

What are the regulations for travelling to South Africa with children?

To ensure the safety and security of children travelling to South Africa, you are required to carry certain travel documents with you. The Department of Home Affairs of Republic of South Africa introduces regulations in regard to travel documents. Please note the following check-list in varying circumstances to make sure you experience a hassle-free travel to South Africa.

Travelling with parents:

If a child is travelling with both biological parents, travel documents required are the:

If a child in travelling with adoptive parents, travel documents required are

If a child is travelling with his legal guardians, travel documents required are:

Travelling with single parent:

If a child is accompanied by one of his/her biological parents, travelling documents required are:

If a child is accompanied by one of his/her adoptive parents, travelling documents required are:

If a child is accompanied by divorced/legally separated parents, travelling documents required are:

In case of equal/specific rights and responsibilities:

In case of full parental rights and responsibilities:

In case of joint legal guardianship:

In case of full legal guardianship:

If a child is travelling with a widow, travelling documents required are:

In case of biological parents:

In case of adoptive parents:

If a child is travelling alone, and he/she belongs to a single parent (he has a single parent on the birth certificate)

If the child is travelling alone, and he is a child of an unmarried couple on his birth certificate:

Travelling of an unaccompanied child:
It is important to note that valid passports as well as complete birth certificate are the necessary documents to travel with. If due to certain circumstances, a minor child is required to travel alone, and he possess one or both parents, then the essential travelling documents will include the Parental Consent Affidavit. On the Contrary, if a minor child is not under the legal guardianship of anyone, then he must present Letter of Special Circumstances issued by the director general of Home Affairs that grants him a permission to travel.

If the above stated situations do not match the background of a travelling child then visit  Home Affairs of Republic of South Africa to find out the requisite travelling documents in reference the child’s particular case.

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