Travelling with Minors To Rsa

New requirements when travelling with children to or from South Africa:

1. Where both parents are travelling with a child who is under 18:

From 1 June 2015 the Immigration Department in South Africa will require the following documentation to all minors upon arrival in the country:

All parents travelling with children under the age of 18 to and from South Africa must produce an original or certified unabridged birth certificate of each child which shows details of the parents of the child.

2. Where one parent is travelling with a child, they must produce:

  • Original unabridged birth certificate or certified copy of the birth certificate;
  • Consent in the form of affidavit from the other parent registered on the birth certificate authorising them to enter or depart from South Africa with the child; and the contact details of the parents or legal guardian (it should be signed by both parents at the Embassy or before a Notary)
  • A certified copy of the bio-data page of the passport/ID for the parent who is not travelling;
  • Copy of passport of the other parent travelling with the child;
  • Permission to leave Argentina.
  • Certified copy (scanned) of ID or Passport of the South African host that receives the child in South Africa.

3. Child travelling with an adult who is not his/her biological parent:

  • Original unabridged birth certificate or certified copy of the birth certificate;
  • Consent in the form of affidavit from the parents or legal guardians confirming that they have permission to enter or depart from South Africa with the child; and the contact details of the parents or legal guardian (it should be signed by both parents at the Embassy or before a Notary)
  • Certified copies of the bio-data page of the passport/ID of the parents or legal guardians of the child.
  • Copies of passport of the adults travelling with the child;
  • Permission to leave Argentina.

4. Child travelling as an unaccompanied minor:

  • Original unabridged birth certificate or certified copy of the birth certificate;
  • Consent in the form of affidavit from parents or legal guardians and contact details, plus documentation relating to the person receiving the child in South Africa. The latter documentation should include a letter stating the person’s contact details and residential address, contact details where the child will be residing, plus a copy of his or her ID document, passport or residence permit in RSA. (it should be signed by both parents at the Embassy or before a Notary)
  • Certified copies of the bio-data page of the passport/ID of the parents or legal guardians of the child;
  • Permission to leave Argentina.
  • Certified copy (scanned) of ID or Passport of the South African host that receives the child in South Africa.

Important notes:

  • All travellers should also produce the International Yellow Fever Certificate (the vaccination shall be administered at least 10 days before departure to South Africa and offers lifetime immunity.)
  • The affidavits should be no more than 6 months old from date of travel.
  • The affidavits may be attested and copies of passports may be certified free of charge by a Commissioner of Oaths at any Embassy or Mission of the Republic of South Africa.
  • If parents of the child are unable to approach the Embassy to sign such consent, the affidavit shall then be signed by a Public Notary in the space provided to effect (Commissioner of Oaths)

5. Some other cases to be considered:

  • Whereas one of the parents is dead, should produce death certificate to that effect (translated to English by Public Translator at the Translator Board)
  • Whereas one of the parents has the legal custody of the child, should produce a court order granting full parental responsibilities and rights or legal guardianship (with the same specifications previously detailed)
  • Whereas one of the parents live in other country: same procedure should be followed in the SA Embassy / Consulate of his/her country of residence

To obtain a copy of the parental consent affidavit, click here (please print it double side) In case the minor is travelling on school tours, click here (please print it double side)

For more information, visit the link of the Department of Home Affairs in South Africa or send your enquire to consular.argentina@dirco.gov.za

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