Tips for travelling with children this festive season

5 December 2018

One parent travelling with a child

Where one parent is travelling with a child for any reason, either as a single parent, or in the absence of the other parent, the following documents must be produced for
immigration officials:

• A copy of an unabridged birth certificate.
• An affidavit from the other parent or legal guardian of the child, confirming their
consent for the accompanying adult to travel with the child
• Single parents are required to produce a court order (and not just an affidavit) granting full parental responsibilities and rights or legal guardianship in respect of the child, if he/she is the parent or legal guardian of the child
• If applicable, a death certificate of a deceased parent must be produced

Adult travelling with a child who is not his/her biological child
In this instance the following documents must be produced for immigration officials:
• A copy of an unabridged birth certificate.
• An affidavit from the other parent or legal guardian of the child, confirming their
consent for the accompanying adult to travel with the child.
• Copies of the identity documents or passports of the parents or legal guardians of the child.
• Contact details of the parents or legal guardians of the child
• Letter of special circumstances

An unaccompanied minor

Even though a child of 16 or 17 could travel comfortably on their own from one country to another, the DHA requires that an unaccompanied minor produce the following documents to the immigration officials:

• Proof of consent from one or both his/her parents or legal guardian, in the form of a letter or affidavit for the child to travel into or depart from South Africa
• In the case where one parent provides proof of consent, that parent must also provide a copy of a court order issued to him/her in terms of which he/she has been granted full parental responsibilities and rights in respect of the child
• A letter from the person who is to receive the child in the destination country, containing his/her residential address
and contact details where the child will
be residing
• A copy of the identity document or valid passport and visa or permanent residence permit of the person who is to receive the child in the destination country; and
• The contact details of the parents or legal guardian of the child in the country of origin

Applying for an unabridged birth certificate
The application process for an unabridged certificate is simple but it could take anything from six weeks to six months

For more information on these regulations please speak to one of our travel experts or refer to flightcentre.co.za for further clarity.