In order to provide on going exemplary service, to you, our esteemed customers, it is important to familiarize yourself with the new Immigration Act which will come into effect on 1st October to 2014. This applies when travelling with children under the age of 18.
The Department of Home Affairs recently announced new regulations for child travellers. From 1st October 2014 parents travelling with children under 18 will be required to produce an unabridged birth certificate, this is in addition to the child passport. The unabridged birth certificate will be required for all travel across South African borders i.e. inbound, outbound, transit, sea and land.
Malusi Gigaba, recently appointed Home Affairs minister, says the new Act will come into being in alignment with international anti-trafficking legislation. The purpose of the Act, 'is to protect children, we currently have hundreds of thousands of children crossing our boarders (sic) unaccompanied' says Gigaba.
We therefore encourage you to apply for your children's unabridged birth certificates as soon as possible. It is likely that they will take approximately 8 to 10 weeks after application and there are reports where people have been waiting for four to five months. The Department Of Home Affairs (DHA) advises that application forms will no longer be available on the DHA website, SA citizens will need to visit their nearest Home Affairs office to obtain original application forms. The cost is R75.00 and they advise that a certified copy will suffice when travelling. Please remember that they will require the mother's and father's ID together with the child's abridged certification when applying.
A letter of consent in the form of an affidavit will be required if one parent is travelling alone with the child. The affidavit will be required from the other parent, whose name appears 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.