September 26, 2014

Further to our earlier blog on the subject, the South African Department of Home Affairs (DHA) recently announced that the increase in document requirements for children traveling internationally into and out of South Africa has been postponed from its original October 1 implementation date until June 1, 2015.

Thus, children entering and departing South Africa (accompanied or individually) will not be required to provide their Unabridged Birth Certificate and Written Parental/Guardian Permission until mid-next year. However, it is important to note that immigration officers have been instructed to remain on heightened alert and reserve the right to screen any child travelers to ensure they have parental authorization for entry into, or exit from, South Africa.

According to reports, the decision was based on stakeholder feedback that the South African missions abroad, in-country travel officers, and prospective travelers (both entering and departing South Africa) were not given sufficient time to receive proper training and/or obtain the necessary documents.