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New birth certificate visa requirements for entry into South Africa

On November 21, 2019 / by Sherone Lewis / Leave a comment

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Unabridged birth certificates and consent letters are no longer required in order to obtain a visa for international minors travelling to South Africa with their parents. Minister Motsoaledi signed a waiver which has been issued with immediate effect, meaning this is no longer a requirement. All ports of entry, airlines and maritime industries have been notified. Here are some noteworthy updates to the visa requirements.

  • Children travelling with their parents will need a valid passport and copy of a birth certificate or an equivalent thereof (unless the details of the parents are contained in the passport)
  • Consent letters are required when travelling with one parent or someone who is not their parent, as well as other pertinent documents where applicable

Exemptions include:

  • South African children travelling on South African passports may travel to South Africa without birth certificates
  • On school tours, a letter from the principal confirming that the school has the consent letters will suffice, lessening the paperwork involved

The news regarding the scrapping of the unabridged birth certificates supports the government’s aim of growing tourism. Immigration reform and changes to visas have been prioritised in order to attract skilled professionals to the country.

More countries have been added to the list of visa-free nations when visiting South Africa, and the visa requirements for key countries India and China have been simplified.

Currently, there are 75 countries that have been granted visa-free status, with 16 of those being in Africa. Members which have recently been included are Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, Cuba and Sao Tome and Principe.

Additionally, there is a new e-visa system which is set to be launched this month, following a pilot scheme. The aim of this is to provide a quick and user-friendly experience and to attract people who can help build the economy.

The government continues to take steps towards making travel easier in order to boost the tourism industry, which will result in a growing economy.

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