South African Travel Requirements for Minors

These rules apply to all children under 18 years of age who are entering, transiting or departing South Africa. 

All travelers to South Africa are required to have at least two fully blank visa pages.  Blank “endorsement” pages are not sufficient.  Travelers that do not have two blank pages will be refused entry into South Africa, fined, and returned to their point of origin at their own expense.

Please click on the option below to read more information regarding additional documents needed for your trip.

 

A child traveling with both parents:

- The parents must produce a birth certificate which identifies the parents of the child.  The birth certificate of a child born to a single mother without the father being identified on the birth certificate is still considered acceptable.
            - To avoid potential denial of entry because of questions about the validity of photocopies of the document, children should travel with an original or official certified copy of their birth certificate.  Copies of birth certificates can only be obtained from the state where the documents were originally filed.  Each state has its own set of rules and fees for ordering certified birth certificates.  You can find information how costs and how to order a certified copy of the birth certificate here:
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/w2w.htm

A child traveling with one parent:

- The parent must produce a birth certificate which identifies the parents of the child.  The birth certificate of a child born to a single mother without the father being identified on the birth certificate is still considered acceptable.
            - To avoid potential denial of entry because of questions about the validity of photocopies of the document, children should travel with an original or official certified copy of their birth certificate.  Copies of birth certificates can only be obtained from the state where the documents were originally filed.  Each state has its own set of rules and fees for ordering certified birth certificates.  You can find information how costs and how to order a certified copy of the birth certificate here:
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/w2w.htm.

Must have the following:
- An affidavit from the non-traveling parent registered as such on the birth certificate giving consent for the child to enter into or depart from South Africa with the traveling parent.  It must be no older than three months, dating from the time of travel and new affidavit must be given by the non-traveling parent for each trip the child participates on.  A sample affidavit can be found here:
http://photos.state.gov/libraries/southafrica/1030603/stuartfr/Affidavit%20of%20consent-letter-eng%20PDF.pdf.

OR

-A court order granting full parental responsibilities and rights or legal guardianship of the child, if he/she is the parent or legal guardian of the child
- Where applicable, a death certificate of the other parent registered as such on the birth certificate.

- Where the parents of the child are both deceased and the child is traveling with a person who is not their biological parent or legal guardian, approve such a person to enter or depart from South Africa with the child, the South African authorities have discretion to approve such a person to enter or depart South African with the child.  This approval can be obtained through the nearest South African diplomatic or consular representative abroad.  It is recommended that the relative or other person travel with copies of the death certificate of the parent(s).

Traveling with other adults who is NOT his or her own child:

- The adult must produce a birth certificate which identifies the parents of the child.  The birth certificate of a child born to a single mother without the father being identified on the birth certificate is still considered acceptable.
            - To avoid potential denial of entry because of questions about the validity of photocopies of the document, children should travel with an original or official certified copy of their birth certificate.  Copies of birth certificates can only be obtained from the state where the documents were originally filed.  Each state has its own set of rules and fees for ordering certified birth certificates.  You can find information how costs and how to order a certified copy of the birth certificate here:
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/w2w.htm.

- An affidavit from the non-traveling parents registered as such on the birth certificate giving consent for the child to enter into or depart from South Africa with the other adult.  It must be no older than three months, dating from the time of travel and new affidavit must be given by the non-traveling parents for each trip the child participates on.  A sample affidavit can be found here: http://photos.state.gov/libraries/southafrica/1030603/stuartfr/Affidavit%20of%20consent-letter-eng%20PDF.pdf.
- Copies of the identity documents or passports of the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) of the child.  These documents must be notarized.
- Where the parents of the child are both deceased and the child is traveling with a person who is not their biological parent or legal guardian, approve such a person to enter or depart from South Africa with the child, the South African authorities have discretion to approve such a person to enter or depart South African with the child.  This approval can be obtained through the nearest South African diplomatic or consular representative abroad.  It is recommended that the relative or other person travel with copies of the death certificate of the parents.


Traveling Unaccompanied:
- The child must produce a birth certificate which identifies their parents.  The birth certificate of a child born to a single mother without the father being identified on the birth certificate is still considered acceptable.
            - To avoid potential denial of entry because of questions about the validity of photocopies of the document, children should travel with an original or official certified copy of their birth certificate.  Copies of birth certificates can only be obtained from the state where the documents were originally filed.  Each state has its own set of rules and fees for ordering certified birth certificates.  You can find information how costs and how to order a certified copy of the birth certificate here:
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/w2w.htm.
- An affidavit from the non-traveling parents, registered as such on the birth certificate, giving consent for the child to enter into or depart from South Africa.  It must be no older than three months, dating from the time of travel and new affidavit must be given by the non-traveling parents for each trip the child participates on.  This must contain contact information for the non-traveling parents or legal guardians.  A sample affidavit can be found here:
http://photos.state.gov/libraries/southafrica/1030603/stuartfr/Affidavit%20of%20consent-letter-eng%20PDF.pdf.
- Proof of consent from one or both of his/her parents or legal guardian, in the form of a letter certified by a notary for him/her to travel into or depart from South Africa.  If one parent provides proof of consent, that parent must also provide a copy of a court order stating that he/she has been granted full parental responsibilities and rights in respect of the child. 
- A copy of either the ID documents/valid passport/visa/permanent residence permit of the person who is to receive the child in South Africa.  These documents should be notarized.
- A letter notarized from the person who is to receive the child in South Africa, as well as their residential address and contact details where the child will be residing.  Also a copy of the identity documents or valid passport and visa or permanent residence permit of the person who is to receive the child in South Africa.

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