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Regulations on Travelling with Children to South Africa - Update

Back in July we reported on the new regulations relating to travelling to South Africa with children. These regulations state that, with regards to school groups where children are travelling with adults who are not their biological parents, that they must carry an unabridged (full) birth certificate and written permission for travel with the accompanying adults from the children’s parents and/or legal guardians. 

In a statement given in Cape Town on 16th September 2014 in relation to these regulations, Mr Malusi Gigaba MP, Minister of Home Affairs, advised that the requirement for an unabridged birth certificate and written permission would be postponed until 1st June 2015. 

Mr Gigaba added that, in order to ensure the security of children is not affected during this period, border officials will be on high alert and may use additional screening, vetting and interviews as necessary to make sure that all children have the permission of their parent(s)/legal guardian to travel. 

For further information, you may wish to read Mr Gigaba’s statement in full

For the most up-to-date information on entry requirements to South Africa, please visit the Foreign & Commonwealth Office website

For further information on taking your group to South Africa, please visit our South Africa school tours page

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